Internet Expo 96

Internet World ’96 kicked off yesterday in San Jose, California. Here are some of the myriad of developments that erupted from the West Coast conference. Microsoft added new components to its BackOffice server applications but kept the price as is. The suggested price for a five-user license for BackOffice Server 2.0 remains steady at $3,500.…

Teleco Mergers & Predictions

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 1, 1997   Glimpse of the Future. There is a lot going on now that gives insight into the terrain of the future on and off the net. Bell Atlantic and Nynex have announced plans to merge, forming the largest teleco in the world. Due to a nice quirk in…

Baby Internet

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 29, 1997 There was a man who once proclaimed that he was shutting down shop. He ran the local Patent Office. He bellowed at the top of his lungs his exasperation, “Everything inventable has been invented. There is nothing more that can be done.” Eighteen months later a man by…

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Cause du Jour

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 24, 1997 With every great society and culture what inevitably happens is that some losers declare themselves to be leaders of the masses. The net is no exception to this rule. These leaders try to rally the masses to follow their lead which usually can be summed up with the…

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Hardware & Losers

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 20, 1997 So whats going on in the hardware world you ask? Good question. Vendors are coming around to releasing Pentium Pro 200mhtz servers. NT is becoming a real threat to Novell Netware and Sun Solaris on these machines. Intel is releasing a Pentium Pro Lite which basically brings the…

1-1-00 Problemo

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 18, 1997 Funny and news at the same time. We all live our lives in cycles. We wake up in the morning, work and play all day and go to sleep at night. We count on that as we experience each minute, day, week, year and century. Umm wait. No…

Internet Explorer Mail / News

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 17, 1997 (One of my first design critiques) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 3.0 is expected to be released in beta in just two weeks. The much anticipated upgrade to 2.0 will include many features Netscape¬†holds a monopoly over. New functions will include Java support and an integrated email and newsgroup system.…

Image is Everything

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 13, 1997 OK Let’s map all this out: DATE Search Engine IPO OPEN HIGH CLOSE NOW April 2 Lycos $16 $29.25 $21.94 $17 April 4 Excite $17 $21.25 $20 $14.50 April 13 Yahoo! $24.50 $43 $33 $33 So whats the story morning glory? Whats the tale nightengale? Image. Man, I…

Yahoo! IPO

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 12, 1997 Yahoo is officially a publically traded company. Today Yahoo is offering 2.6 million shares of stock at $13 per share. Yahoo was founded in April 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, who were students at Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering program. In April of last year Yang and…

Cool Sites (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 11, 1997 I hate cool lists, why am I doing this? Well, maybe you haven’t seen these ones. Tr√©s Chic, mon fr√®re! What do psychos write about? The Unabomber’s Manifesto Drink Java? Go to Gamelan Need more caffeine?? Try LED flavored. Site for women on the Web, and a superhero…

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Other News (April 1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 10, 1997 IBM may license the Apple operating system MacOS. Prediction: It’s the blind leading the dumb. They have both failed separately to topple the Microsoft/Intel monopoly over the PC world. Maybe together they can be less lame. A merger with Apple is seeming more and more imminent, but will…

DRAM & News

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 9, 1997 DRAM DRAM DRAM! I remember a few months back there was this huge fire (supposedly) in Japan and DRAM went through the roof. 4 meg chips cost about $160 mail order. Today I got a quote in the back of Computer Shopper for the same chip, $65 US.…

Access Providors

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 5, 1997 Just to keep us all up to date, here is the landscape of Online Access choices: America Online: 5 Million customers, crappy browser. (Funny quote from Internet Underground: “Steve Case thinks that Marketing America Online in Europe with just the initials “AOL” is going to fool the residents…

$500 Internet TV

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 3, 1997 There has been a lot of news lately prophesizing the coming of the all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipotent $500 internet box. These internet boxes will be multimedia powered terminals that give the internet a friendlier and certainly cheaper face. The question is, will the public go for it? Predictions…oh predictions.…

Browser Turnaround!

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 2, 1997 Well, isn’t this a strange turn of events. Last week, (six months in net years) Microsoft released Active X controls, a development kit and an alpha version of Internet Explorer 3.0. I thought, hey, now here is Microsoft getting with the program. They will have Visual Basic, AND…

BUYOUT! (1996)

Recovered from Archive.org – Apr 1, 1997 Microsoft sets to buy out Netscape Navigator! In a shocking story, the Wall Street Journal outlined the plans of software behemoth, Microsoft Corp to bypass its internet strategy and attempt a hostile takeover of Netscape Communications. This move will virtually seal, if successful, Microsoft’s internet dominance! Microsoft until…

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News! March, 1996

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 30, 1997 Netscape released thier Navigator 3.0 into beta here. OK, so now¬†Netscape has a 2.01 release, a 2.0 Gold beta 2 that has a nifty WYSIWYG editor built in, an international version release, about 30 or so plugins and now finally the 3.0 beta code-named ATLAS. (Ooooh, holds the…

News

Originally posted:¬†March 30, 1996 Netscape released thier Navigator 3.0 into beta here. OK, so now Netscape has a 2.01 release, a 2.0 Gold beta 2 that has a nifty WYSIWYG editor built in, an international version release, about 30 or so plugins and now finally the 3.0 beta codenamed ATLAS. (Ooooh, holds the world up!)Basically…

Money & Ultra SCSI-2

Originally posted March 25, 1996 :¬† The newest innovation in hard drives is the Ultra Wide SCSI-3. Quantum is releasing a 1.2 gig version along with some higher capacity drives. Seagate and other manufacturers are also expected to release SCSI-3 compatible drives. These drives will have a 40 meg burst transfer in addition to astronomical…

Money & Ultra SCSI-2

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 25, 1997 The newest innovation in hard drives is the Ultra Wide SCSI-3. Quantum is releasing a 1.2 gig version along with some higher capacity drives. Seagate and other manufacturers are also expected to release SCSI-3 compatible drives. These drives will have a 40 meg burst transfer in addition to…

PC/TV

Originally posted Mar 23, 1996: Gateway unveiled this week in Manhattan (Hey, how come nobody sent me an invitation? It’s an old internet boys network (double pun) thats why!! … umm…anyway) Gateway unveiled a possible melding of mediums. A PC/TV. Let’s take for granted the fact that its Gateway SIX THOUSAND dollar price tag drops…

PC/TV

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 23, 1997 Gateway unveiled this week in Manhattan (Hey, how come nobody sent me an invitation? It’s an old internet boys network (double pun)¬†that’s¬†why!! … umm…anyway)¬†Gateway unveiled a possible melding of mediums. A PC/TV. Let’s take for granted the fact that its Gateway SIX THOUSAND dollar price tag drops significantly…

Hardware – 1996

In the last year PC’s have made amazing advancements in the area of multimedia and video capabilities. Macs no longer have such a distinct desktop publishing advantage over PCs, nor do Unix boxes like the Sun Sparc stations have overwhelming computational leads. PC’s have been getting cheaper and faster all year. This month has hit…

Design franchises

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 21, 1997 Last week saw two portentious announcements. USWeb announced that it will start a nationwide franchise of internet consulting and web design firms. Compuserve revealed one day later that the online behemoth was planning a web hosting service. The CompuServe plan is less ambitious than that of USWeb, which…

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Net Losers

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 19, 1997 News happens everyday. Today Microsoft did something and Netscape¬†responded with blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. Sometimes, like today, the news isn’t that interesting. I am the first one to be shouting out predictions for every news article to hit the Associated Press, but today…who cares if Microsoft…

Virtual Space

Recovered from Archive.org – Mar 18, 1997 A few months back VRML made its debut in a hot flash of excitement which quickly dwindled to a dull florescent glow of light praise. The problem was that the only thing you could look at was a 3D view of a giant N. No one else was…

Alliance Week

Recovered from Archive.org This week has officially been dubbed: Alliance week. America Online has allied itself with Netscape, then agreed to make¬†Microsoft Internet Explorer the de facto browser for all AOL users come this spring. AT&T is talking with AOL as well as Compuserve who is also talking with Netscape and Microsoft. Microsoft allied itself…

Microsoft / AOL deal

Recovered from Archive.org Well it seems final: Microsoft Internet Explorer will be the proprietary browser for the 5 million (and growing) America Online users and the next version of Windows 95 will include easy access to the online service via a desktop folder. The good news for Netscape is that this affiliation won’t hit desktops…

AOL Possibilities

Recovered from Archive.org. America Online is kicking ass. I think we all remember not too long ago when AOL was in third place behind Compuserve and Prodigy. Now with 5 million members, AOL is wheelin’ and dealin’ with the big boys. Both Microsoft and Netscape have sent out press releases claiming alliances with AOL. (See…

Free Long Distance

Originally posted March 12, 1996 Microsoft and Intel announced Monday, March 11, 1996 that they are going to push for better hardware standards to make audio/video phones over the internet more available to the public. Forget about tax breaks. No Long Distance! Here is the prediction for the Internet in for the Fall of 1996:…

AOL upgrade

Originally posted Mar 9, 1996 FINALLY! America Online has announced plans to upgrade their popular proprietary software. The web browser that some consider the worst in existence will support backgrounds, tables, HTML 3.0 , and yes the <CENTER> tag! It gets even more interesting with America Online negotiating with Netscape and Microsoft to possibly license…

MS Internet Explorer 3.0

Originally Posted Mar 8, 1996 Microsoft is going to release (real soon) their Internet Explorer version 3.0 (alpha of course). This version will include java support, Visual Basic support, frames, real audio, inline avi, marquee text, VRML, email, and newsgroups. Its code name should be Netscape killer. When it comes out, do not ask for…

Macromedia (a.k.a. Commadot.com’s first post)

Originally Posted Monday, March 4, 1996. Macromedia¬†announced the long awaited successor to its award winning multimedia program. Director 5.0 will hit the streets at an estimated $900 US. Director 5.0 will be the first upgrade in several years with many badly needed new features. See the copy from Macromedia here. What does this mean? It…