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Industry Standard 62 10 to Watch in 1999 It's a more daunting task to theorize who'll be making news in 1999. In mulling over the Internet Economy players who deserve to make The Standard's list of people to watch for the new year, we started by trying to avoid the obvious.

Ed. - Don't look to see Mr. Gates or Mr. Jobs on this list. Think smaller, more unknown persons with clout.

InfoWorld 10 Elinor Mills

Study: Microsoft overcharged users $10 billion

Over the past three years, Microsoft has overcharged consumers $10 billion for its operating system, and, if undeterred, it could overcharge another $15 billion over the next two years, according to a study released Friday by several consumer research groups.
Microsoft has used anticompetitive business practices to drive other companies out of the market or prevent their entry, protecting its monopoly and thus enabling it to charge higher prices than rivals.

Ed. - Nearly $100 for Win 98, considered a simple bug fix for Win 95?! Finally somebody noticed.

The Institute (IEEE) 69 National Engineers Week Coming up U.S. engineers are getting ready for the 21-27 Feb. celebration of National Engineers Week in the U.S., the annual celebration of engineers that is designed to increase the public's awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession. National Engineers Week is celebrated each year at the time of George Washington's birthday.
Intelligent Enterprise 96 No New Taxes In October, the Senate passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which proclaims that there "shall be no tax imposed by any state, county, or municipal taxing authority on Internet or interactive computer service activity." 

The Internet Tax Freedom Act marks a critical turning point in the growth of e-commerce.

Ed. - Good thing too, as many e-commerce sites charge you a premium already for the benefit of offering their wares online.

Inter@ctive Week 18 Tom Steinert-Threlkeld

The Post-Human Century Awaits

What will cause real shocks to the human condition is the likelihood that the interaction of person with machine will become pure. That is, man and machine will merge. The result: some sort of post-human being who will have the creative and serendipitous thinking process of man, backed by the speed of calculation and depth of accurate information storage of the computer.

Ed. - While everyone is running around scared in anticipationof the year 2000, Steinert-Threlkeld looks forward to I Robot.

Internet Shopper 90 Beth Cox

In the Driver's Seat

Shopping for a new car? Don't go near a showroom until you've done your homework -- online, of course. There are literally dozens of sites that allow virtual tire-kicking and offer help with getting a price quote on everything from a Geo Metro to a Lamborghini Countach. These sites have a good deal in common. Not only do they offer common-sense advice for consumers, but almost all of these virtual showrooms also offer the tools you need to heed that advice.
Internet Week 38 Rutrell Yasin

Think Twice Before Becoming A Hacker

Most security experts agree that companies should have some way to strike back at hackers. They caution users, however, not to get embroiled in cyber shootouts. The main reason? The system you're aiming at might not be the culprit.

Ed. - Some believe the largest threat to corporate networks are disgruntled employees from within the company. Simple solution -- don't anger anyone uneccessarily.

Internet World 25 Nelson Wang

Market Leaders Stayed Strong, and IPOs Were

The Internet Stock Index (ISDEX) as a whole was up more than 200 percent for the year through Dec. 29, although the sector continued to be extraordinarily volatile. At one point, a precarious dip in the late summer left the ISDEX down for the year. The average individual stock rose more than 280 percent, aided by a fourth-quarter rally that saw the ISDEX more than double.

Ed. - What most of us would give to have invested in stocks like AOL and Yahoo only two years ago. Money in the bank.


Magazine Jan 99 Web Influence Rank MIPS*


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Java Pro 82 Jay R. Gindin

Comparing Win32 and Java

Computer science textbooks present numerous options for synchronizing threads to prevent deadlock in your applications. Unlike the CS professor, however, I’m not interested in the theory—as a developer, I’m interested in using the right technique at the right time to solve the problem at hand.
JavaWorld 14 Control Browsers From Your Java
It's great that Java applets and browsers are so tightly integrated, but what if you want to have your Java application display a URL? There's no API call in any Java package that can help you with that.
However, using the exec() command, you can fork a process and issue a command to the underlying OS. The only problem is figuring out just which command needs to be issued to control the browsers on each platform.

Ed. - Java was supposed to be write-once, run anywhere. But nowJava has to deal with every browser for every OS? Yuck.


Magazine Jan 99 Web Influence Rank MIPS*


Linux Journal 35 Mohsen Sharifi and Kamran Karimi 

The Linux Way of Distributed Programming

Before Linux, powerful UNIX operating systems were considered a luxury. Linux made it possible for ordinary people to have access to an affordable and reliable computing platform. The only problem is that Linux was originally based on decades-old designs, making it less attractive for more technically minded users. Linux's answer to this problem is either port and adaptation or introduction of newer concepts.
Linux Today 86 Martin Vermeer

Unix as an Element of Literacy

Most people that come into contact with computers for the first time do so through Microsoft Windows. This experience is so pervasive, that commonly people don't even distinguish between the computer and the operating system that invariably comes pre-installed on it.

Everybody should be able to use a computer with no or little training. While Windows is not the first system of this kind, it is currently the only such one in practice.

Ed. - As the more than 300 reader-initiated messages say on this site, Vermeer is not quite on base with Windows being the "only" system to be run without training. Aren't there millions of "For Dummies" books sold on Windows alone?


Magazine Jan 99 Web Influence Rank MIPS*


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MacAddict 22 MacWorld SF 99: Bye-bye Beige The big word of the day is Yosemite, the latest generation of G3 PowerMacs that all look like a mini-tower version of an iMac, but can pack way more behind the trick foldout sidewall.

The Studio Display line got an equally radical facelift, also sporting the bondi-esq blue trim and some other familiarly smart lines. The TFT 15" model, already a pretty strange looking beast, may take some getting used to, but the 17" & 21" provide that cool iMac look - not that you'd want to hide a Yosemite G3 under the desk.

Ed. - If only Apple could combine the color of the iMac, portability of the Powerbook, flat look of the Studio display and power of the Professional machines. Mmmm.... Power.

MacCentral 27 Microsoft and the Mac: No Windows Please Microsoft's Macintosh division is the largest Apple developer outside of Cupertino. With more than 200 employees pumping out Mac software, you wouldn't think it was part of Bill Gates' domain.

With these new releases, consistency comes across the main products of Microsoft's Mac division. Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Office 98 all feature drag and drop installation, "self repairing," and an extremely Mac-like interface.

MacOSRumors 37 Ryan Meader

P1 Update

(Both reported consumer portable prototpyes) sported eMate-like plastics and an extremely rugged case designed to take even the hardest shocks. Like the eMate, this machine was pushed as the perfect computer for schools looking to equip their students with a virtually invicible, low-cost, high-performance portable.

Ed. - The long-rumored consumer portable, not yet announced by Apple, will form the fourth sector of the company's hardware business.

MacWeek 6 Robert Morgan

A tale of two Macworlds

The entertainment industry and the creative world not only saw lights and alarm bells going off, they heard the lovely sound of cash registers ringing. That in and of itself qualified as major bombarge, even before entertainment started dreaming about what they could do with up to 63 G3 servers in a FireWire network configuration.

For what it's worth, you're talking about a total of 6.3 terabytes of storage capacity; 63 Gbytes of RAM; 756 Mbytes of VRAM; ad infinitum, ad nauseam. In a word, scalability. That's not major bombage?

Ed. - Utilizing the lightning-fast technology of 400 MHz G3 processors, Apple's newest offerings are pure power aimed at reclaiming some lost marketshare.

Macworld 11 Julie Polito

G4 CPUs Set to Take Flight

Motorola's first G4's (still targeted for mid-1999) will implement AltiVec, a new set of PowerPC instructions paired with a new vector-processing unit that together enable the chip to perform calculations on up to 16 data elements simultaneously.

Ed. - With Motorola, IBM and Apple working together, the full potential of the PowerPC processor is beginning to fully take shape.

Maximum PC 100 Software Allows Macs To Play Playstation Games The days of making fun of Apple's less-than-impressive list of gaming software may soon be over, thanks to a new emulator that allows Apple hardware to run games designed for Sony's Playstation console machine.
Connectix's Virtual Game Station runs on any G3-based system, including Apple's very popular iMac desktop computers and PowerBook notebook PCs.

Ed. - At a sticker price of approximately $50, Connectix's software saves the user more than 60 percent from the usual Sony hardware.

Microprocessor Report 66 Linley Gwennap

Shift to On-Chip Cache Pays Off

Shifting SRAM production to the processor vendors will require them to add fab capacity. Building this capacity will take time, slowing the transition to on-die cache. But build it they will. In two years, modules will be a fading memory.


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