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|Jan 99 Web Influence Rank
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|Before the Internet, it was pretty easy for a thief to lift
the work of a writer, photographer or illustrator and be pretty sure they'd never be
found. But the Internet is changing that. While the Web makes it easier to plagiarize, it
also provides tools that make tracking down plagiarism possible as well.
Ed. - Isn't there a cliché about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?
|Terrance A. Crow
|Ignore the misinformation surrounding the marketing war between Lotus and Microsoft. Keep your eye on what's really important: the products. So how do they compare? Exchange and Notes offer comparable mail solutions. In the end, you'll probably end up using both platforms together. Who says we should choose one or the other?
|Australian Personal Computer
|Voice will become just one option in the multimedia-enabled mobile communications devices of the near future. Technologies for the convergence of high-speed data services and voice are on the way. So are new players in the market which, it is hoped, will provide competition and the long-awaited reductions in costs for voice calls. The newer technologies and services will initially be expensive -- and to benefit from the expected incremental enhancements to digital networks, you may have to keep purchasing new handsets.
|Jan 99 Web Influence Rank
Ed. - Editorial comments
The Internets Chief Technical Officer died in October of 1998. Jon Postel kept the list that empowers the network of networks for nearly 30 years, since he first scribbled the first IP numbers on a piece of notebook paper in 1969. He was also the Internets chief librarian and editor of its developmental documents and among the three people who thought of putting the slash in TCP/IP. Without Postel's work, the Internet would have turned out very differently, if it would have worked at all.
|Jan 99 Web Influence Rank
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Everyone likes a bargain, and where better to save money than on your phone bill? That's the appeal of a Net phone--a software application that lets your computer call other computers over the Internet for free. Net phones have been around for years, but only recently have they become easy enough to use and offered good enough sound quality to appeal to the mainstream. C/net rates the top competitors on a variety of criteria.
Silicon Graphics Inc. is best known for high-end UNIX workstations optimized for visual computingmany of the computer-generated special effects seen in movies are produced with SGIs Onyx2 workstations. With the introduction of the Silicon Graphics 320, SGI not only enters the NT workstation market, it blows away the competition in the process.
Bran Ferren's Title is executive vice president for creative technology and R&D at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, Calif., but his occupation appears to be full-time thinker, dreamer and philosopher. Ferren has won numerous awards for his work in theater, film and photography and was nominated for an Academy Award for the visual effects he helped produce for the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors. We talked to Ferren about the role of the Weband the CIOin the future of business.
|Arthur R. Murphy
Usability implies purpose and audience. Part of the difficulty of defining "Web Usability" is the diversity of purposes and audiences within the Internet community. The original audiences were heavily weighted in favor of academics with high levels of computer savvy. Early users were fault tolerant of unsophisticated interface design, satisfied with an absence of pictures, and happy in a world of keystrokes that could flow between the Internet and simple text editors. How things have changed.
Ed. - After 57 issues, CMC Magazine will cease publishing though all articles will remain archived online.
|Rita Sue Siegel
Close your eyes. Now tell me what kind of personality Nike has. Now Apple. How about the NFL? The personalities of these companies have been created and communicated to us primarily through the look and feel of key messages in their marketing materials: print advertising, television, radio, product catalogs, point of sale and retail environments. The personalities of these companies are strategic and valuable corporate assets and provide a competitive advantage.
While the time-share approach to using a phone line for an Internet connection has the benefit of being cheap, it has its limitations. Performance is perhaps the most obvious limitation, but not necessarily the worst. Frustrated with only being able to complete one task at a time with this approach, the author looks into two classes of software to help him solve his dilemma: the network address translator (NAT) and the proxy.
Internet recruiting is fast becoming the principal way businesses pull in new candidates. Smart, proactive firms are training their in-house recruiters to work the Web to find new employees. According to Gerry Crispin, co-author of the highly regarded Internet career site directory, Career Xroads (MMC Group), Internet recruiting has increased by 100 percent since last January. In fact, there are at least 1 million sites listing jobs you can search and about 1,000 résumé data bases on the Internet, half of which are public. Thousands of additional résumés reside on personal pages.
|Computer Dealer News
Banks Backing off Smart Cards
North American banks are no longer all that keen on smart cards, choosing instead to back credit and debit cards as the payment solution for the digital age, says one industry watcher. Mondex Canada's cash card experiment finished its much-publicized pilot project in Guelph, Ont., late last year without gaining much acceptance among consumers.
|Julie L. Favetti
No More PC Headaches with Windows 98
Windows 98 added some unique features to the desktop world of personal computers and it is designed to make your computing experiences more enjoyable. Upgrading from Windows 95 to 98 will give you better performance and fewer headaches when using your PC. Computer Edge takes a look at the new features, a few potential problems you will want to avoid, and the tools available to keep your computer running smoothly.
Ed. - A fine article, but perhaps Favetti can have a Windows 2000 update the year of its release.
|Computer Gaming World
When it comes to Windows 98, the best news for most gamers will be that Microsoft's controversial new operating system does very little to change the PC gaming landscape. Win 98 is more or less "Windows 95.1," a fine-tuned version of the older operating system with updates to support newer hardware.
|Computer Link Magazine
Auction sites are the darlings of the Internet lately; as demonstrated by the wildly successful initial public offering of eBay last November. Auctions can be fun and provide new and used products often at significant savings. This new branch of e-commerce exemplifies and optimizes the frictionless free-market system offered by the Internet.
|Computer News Daily
| Andrew J.
At Half-Time, Who's Ahead in the Microsoft Trial?
According to one view, Microsoft operates in a highly competitive, fast-moving, technology-driven business climate that requires the software giant to grapple with competitors and to strike deals with partners.
Under the opposing view, Microsoft is driven by a perceived need to protect at all costs its Windows-based monopoly in operating systems for personal computers. Under this scenario, it misuses the power of Windows to seek control of electronic commerce through its bid to monopolize the market for Internet browsers.
Ed. - According to Internet Valley's studies into the world of Web Influence, Microsoft has claimed the #1 position, enviable in the area of electronic commerce control.
In each case, Office 2000 also includes Internet Explorer 5.0 (Netscape fans, don't despair -- you don't have to install it) and therein lies one of the most notable design changes in Office 2000: the applications now allow you to save a document as a web page, for posting on the Internet (or an in-house intranet) and then later draw the web page and/or graphic image back into the respective application, with all of its original data and formatting intact a capability Microsoft calls round tripping."
A study by Massachusetts-based Forrester Research Inc. concludes that banner ads are both more popular and less effective among experienced Internet users. While the study found that experienced Web users are more likely to click on a banner ad, they are less likely to make a purchase based on the ad. There are several possible reasons. One may be the sheer number of banners we just dont bother to read them anymore.
|Computer Reseller News
|Darryl K. Taft
Subject to shareholder
approval, each outstanding share of Shopping.com will be acquired by Compaq for $19. Upon
completion of the deal, Shopping.com will be run as a wholly owned subsidiary of Compaq.
Ed. - It looks like Compaq is finally getting ready to utilize Alta Vista's superior level of Web influence for its own purposes -- something Internet Valley advised months ago.
|Computer Retail Week
Several companies are targeting small- and home-office users with new phone products in which Web browsing and e-mail capabilities are downplayed in favor of USB and PC-to-telephone synergy. Meanwhile, some observers claim that home networking will make the telephone an appendage to PCs.
It's time to give all those "celery" jokes a rest. The 300MHz and 333MHz Celerons with cache proved that the CPU had some guts to it, and Intel's release of the 366MHz and 400MHz Celeron CPUs with 128K of on-chip cache last week has put the oft-maligned CPU in direct competition with all but the highest-speed Pentium IIs for the first time.
Ed. - What we just don't understand is why customers would intentionally purchase machines that are it not the best. It's like Intel is offering leftovers and calling it cake.
|T. C. Seow
Are the Desktop's Days Numbered?
The desktop computer as we know it may be transformed into a device that is as easy to use as home electrical appliances, said Mr. Bill Buxton, chief scientist at Alias/Wavefront, a subsidiary of workstation maker Silicon Graphics Inc. In an interview with Computer Times, he said that the computer user interface typified by Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh operating system is due for a major change.
Ed. - Every year we hear about the next big thing that promotes its ease of use. Wasn't the Mac supposed to be the computer 'for the rest of us'? Now the Palm Pilot is the standard. What is to come next?
(The Consumer Federation of
America), which represents 260
Ed. - Sure, Windows98 was expensive, but even Apple's Mac OS 8.5 cost $99. Can it be argued that this is a case of overpricing due to a monopoly as well?
During the time I have spent working in the Internet business here in Japan, I have encountered a large number of misconceptions and/or misinformation about registration of names in the '.jp' domain, particularly the '.co.jp' suffix.
Unlike '.com' domains, companies in Japan are limited to one domain name per company. This is not uncommon for country specific domains. Of the domains listed above, only the UK allows for multiple registrations by one company.
The ACM Student Magazine
Knowledge Discovery In Databases
The amount of data being collected in databases today far exceeds our ability to reduce and analyze data without the use of automated analysis techniques. Many scientific and transactional business databases grow at a phenomenal rate.
Ed. - Modern database programs that can store vast amounts of information are infinitely more user-friendly than many neighborhood accountants and their old-fashioned ideas.
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