|April 1999 (See also The most recent Top 100 Mag List)
Top 100 Mag: 1-20
Computer & Software WWW Magazines & Journals
disagree with some of the Sacramento, California, Internet consulting and publishing
company's choices but you will just as likely find some you might never have heard of,
perhaps even a new favorite or two. All in all, worth some browsing time.
|Web Influence List List in Alphabetical order
Also See: 3-Year Shift of the Top100Mag's Web Influence
1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50 | 51-60 | 61-70 | 71-80 | 81-90 | 91-100
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Ed. - Editorial comments
Magazine publisher Steve Forbes, who oversees the financial magazine that bears his family name, will formally make his second bid for the presidential post on Tuesday on the Internet, he told a gathering of Silicon Valley executives last night. In the past, Forbes has expressed his opposition to Internet taxes, citing concerns that they would slow the development of the industry.
Ed. - With Texas Gov. George Bush also planning candidacy, it would be interesting to hear Forbes, "Read my lips ..."
|If the guy in the next cubicle spends his breaks surfing the Web to monitor his stock portfolio while you're sitting there wondering whether you can afford this week's cafeteria special, maybe it's time to get serious about downsizing your debt.
|E-commerce is so young, and the demand for expertise so
great, that searching for qualified candidates to fill top e-commerce positions
at major retailers is like "shooting in the dark," said Susan Bishop, president
of Bishop Partners, an executive recruitment firm in New York City. "You can't say
that anyone out there has done a remarkable job because so far nobody's making
Ed. - A good first step for those aspiring executives is to understand the importance of Web Influence.
|Dominant phone carriers will have to be more accommodating when they open their central operations offices to competitors, the Federal Communications Commission ruled on Thursday. The FCC also voted to require long distance providers to publish their rates over the Internet.
|To reach historical heights - to become as important to 21st-century culture as Richard W. Sears, Macy's Isidor Straus, and John Wanamaker were to the culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when they fundamentally changed not only the experience of shopping but also the essential nature of American life - Jeff Bezos, founder, chair, and CEO of Amazon.com will need to deliver on the second promise in the oft-repeated goal he sets for his staff: "to build a valuable and lasting company."
Lisa M. Bowman
|Sales of Apple's iMac computer are trucking along -- back up
to the same level as when the machine first debuted, according to a study by ZD Market
ZD Market Intelligence analyst Aaron Goldberg attributed the rebound to the announcement of Intel Corp.'s Pentium III chip, which may have caused a slowdown in the "Wintel" market, and the timing of Apple's G3 advertising campaign.
Ed. - The iMac's success has been the catalyst in Apple's march back to profitability and respect in the IT industry.
|On the Internet, wait 10 minutes and your browser will change. With each beta release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5, we've seen new features (and sometimes deletions). But with the final release coming on in mid-March, the winds are mercifully still. The software gets a small makeover since the final beta we reviewed (see "Internet Explorer 5: Search and Explore" link at right) but nothing earth-shattering.
|A year ago, they were called search engines. But 1998 saw many search
engines morph into "portals" and many other websites heading in that
direction. So, what is a portal? Whatis.com describes a portal as "a new term,
generally synonymous with gateway, for a World Wide Web site that is or proposes to be a
major starting site for users when they get connected to the Web."
Ed. - If you haven't been clued into the portal craze yet then you just haven't been paying attention.
|As Internet commerce moves out of its adolescence, it is very quickly becoming central to the strategy of many businesses. With that shift, the giants of the computer industry are taking on the daunting task of becoming one-stop shops for customer needs. At the same time, they have to ensure interoperability with their biggest competitors' products.
|Think you've got the fastest microprocessor on the block? If so, it just might be an altered chip designed to run faster than the processor manufacturer intended it to run. Modified chips have become a big problem in recent years, as PC Magazine has learned first-hand in the course of lab tests. But Intel has made a new software utility available on its Web site to identify these altered, or remarked chips.
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|Apple interim CEO Steve Jobs, springing yet another surprise on the computer industry, announced today that the company will give away the source code to key parts of its new Mac OS X Server software, which is now shipping. Apple thus becomes the first major operating system developer to adopt an Open Source strategy.
|Jeff Newman and Jim Powell
|Like the numerous software upgrades we've seen in recent months, Outlook
2000in the second beta version we evaluated--is not a full-scale overhaul, but
rather a gradual improvement of Outlook 98. It is an obvious, and somewhat successful,
attempt to help users tie together and manage many different types of data into one
workspace or application.
Ed. - Though the authors found a few bugs carried over from Outlook 98, Microsoft appears to have moved in the right direction with the integration features.
|Though many car shoppers find themselves exhausted, in therapy, or driven
to drink after days spent with dealers, Rob Mapes describes his recent buying experience
with refreshing sobriety. "It was kind of like giving my dentist a root canal,"
says the Silicon Valley-based writer and engineer, not hiding his satisfaction. After
purchasing two cars the traditional way, Mapes bought his third with the Internet in his
holster. And he found this showdown far different from the others.
Ed. - So successful that pioneer autobytel.com has recently launched an IPO.
Like many of you, over the years I have become the computer tech-support person for my family and friends. And while I don't mind being cornered at the grocery store or getting panicky calls for help, the hours are long and the pay is lousy. And sometimes I am just not up to the task. I found that out the hard way, when I set up a home network here at chez Strom.
|Larry Ellison, Mitchell Kertzman and David Roux
|Maybe you've noticed: Internet stocks are trading at all-time
highs. Your colleagues are doubling their salaries trading stocks online. Startup
valuations are denominated in billions, and the money is flowing like wine down the
palm-shaded streets of Silicon Valley. Welcome to the wonder that is the World Wide Web.
Ed. - Seems like a fool proof plan to us. No word yet on the IPO.
|Daniel H. Steinberg
|An informal group of Linux developers known as the Linux Blackdown Porting Team is scheduled to make an implementation of Java 2 for Linux available this week. Officials from Sun Microsystems, which showed the programming kit at its booth during the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA, this week, said Sun opted to work with the Blackdown team rather than develop the implementation itself as part of an effort to broaden the base of Java without overextending company resources.
|I asked and you answered. Based on the overwhelming response from cXML: A New Taxonomy For E-commerce , this week's column features recent developments for XML in the e-commerce arena. Your notes and letters (which are still coming in) tell me that you're hungry for the promises that XML offers. I'll try to meet your demands by supplying a steady stream of information as new events occur. To start, let's take a look at what Ariba Technologies has been up to in recent weeks.
|Maybe you and your startup company need something more sophisticated than business cards pinned to a bulletin board to keep track of key contacts. Or maybe you're tired of accidentally buying duplicates of your souvenir-spoons-of-the-world collection and you need to organize an inventory list. Either way, FileMaker and Microsoft want to help with new versions of their database products.
With the well-reported labor
shortages in the industry (see CIO Section 1, Dec. 15, 1997/Jan. 1, 1998
Portals are the latest Web craze - in the news daily as objects of mergers and acquisitions. They're the first page you see when you connect to the Net. Portals are the ABCs, CBSs and NBCs of the Web the most fought-over territory in the Net gold rush.
Ed. - Don't expect the craze to end soon as companies scramble to gain Web Influence through portals.
* IVB: The Internet Valley Benchmark (IVB) compares a company's zone of Web influence to that of its peers and across industries through the use of a standard value. The set level for the IVB is the current zone of Web influence for Internet Valley. Why Internet Valley Benchmark ?
Internet Valley was founded and coined the term Web Influence in
IV became the first company to provide the online community with full-scale Web Influence related services.
In May 1996, Internet Valley published the first Web Influence list, rating the Top 100 Online Computer Magazines. Since that time, Internet Valley has continued to develop the hyperlink mechanics-based methods and technology to monitor and evaluate the current level of Web Influence. The basic subjects of this research have been the fastest growing sectors of iBusiness. All this time, Internet Valley has provided to the leading members of the Internet community reliable data, trends and statistics.
Leading members of the IT community voiced their opinions regarding
Internet Valley's 3-year effort to research Web Influence trends:
- Matthew Rothenberg, director of online content at MacWeek.Com, joint venture of ZDNet and IDG, "We are thrilled by the results of the study..." January 5, 1999
- IBM e-commerce director Scott Gannon: "I think your research is really proven right on. I think you're focused on the right thing..." January 28, 1999
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