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  • Gates Looks to Assure Wall Street

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates pitched his .NET concept to Wall Street here Thursday, offering a glimpse of the software giant's future to the analysts who make "buy" or "sell" recommendations on its stock.

  • Removable Drive May Be Unreliable

    Fantom Drive's FireWire Orb 2.2GB removable drive is functional, but it's not faultless. The Radialogic drivers conflicted with some common extensions, causing our G3/450 to crash on start-up. Also, the drive is particular about boot order -- it mounts only when you first switch on the drive and then boot the Mac. If you boot the Mac first, you must unplug the FireWire connection, turn off the drive, wait 15 seconds, reconnect the FireWire cable, and turn on the drive.

  • Design Web Sites That Work Anywhere

    The beauty of the World Wide Web is that it reaches a staggering number of people. It has become increasingly important, touching all aspects of our lives. When you design most Web sites, you want to reach a healthy chunk of the potential viewers. Yet sites developed on Apple Computer Inc. Macs can look staggeringly ugly on other platforms if designers don't watch out for differences in the way the systems treat the information. Because Microsoft Corp.'s Windows is the most prevalent platform on the Web, tweaking your site so it looks as good on Windows monitors as it does on your trusty Mac is essential to maintaining a wide audience.

  • AOL, TW Execs: Merger Won't Harm Competition

    WASHINGTON (07/27/2000) - Top executives of America Online Inc. (AOL) and Time Warner Inc. spelled out arguments for combining the two companies in a hearing before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, both men assuring the U.S. government regulators that competition and innovation will not suffer as a result of the merger.

  • Court in the Net: Jurisdiction in Cyberspace

    PARIS AND BOSTON (07/27/2000) - Too many people in Silicon Valley believe the Internet is, or should be, above the law and immune from any legal strictures.

  • Feds Warn of Fake Sites

    A cracker doesn't have to break into a bank's computer to steal account numbers and access codes. It may be enough to set up a spoof Web site that closely mimics a real bank's site, according to a warning issued two weeks ago by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

  • Symantec to Buy Security Vendor Axent for US$975M

    Symantec will acquire e-business security software company Axent Technologies for $US975 million in stock, the companies announced Thursday.

  • Congress Weighs E-Mail, Net Monitoring Legislation

    A bipartisan trio of lawmakers recently introduced legislation in both houses of Congress that would prevent firms from secretly monitoring employees' e-mail and Internet use.

  • Alta sets up redundancy ASP architecture

    Australian application service provider (ASP) Alta Internet Business Systems has extended its service capabilities by introducing redundancy architecture with a global redirection service.

  • Microsoft Issues Patch for Latest Outlook Hole

    Microsoft Corp. has issued a stand-alone patch that it said fixes a recently discovered hole in its Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail software that created the potential for attackers to infect systems with malicious code that could be executed without the unsuspecting victims having to do anything to initiate an attack.

  • Nokia Shares Dive After Q3 Profit Warning

    STOCKHOLM (07/27/2000) - Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia Corp. Thursday reported second fiscal quarter earnings in line with analysts' expectations, but its share price took a dive as the company warned that third quarter per share earnings will come in below the second-quarter figure. The news had an immediate impact on other mobile phone vendors in Europe and the U.S., dragging down share prices in the sector.

  • Magical History Tour

    Those who fail to learn from history must be doomed to make Apple Computer Inc.'s "Think Different" ads. The award-winning commercials imply that the likes of Jackie Robinson and Albert Einstein would have been card-carrying Mac users -- a neat trick, since most of the folks in the company's ads had shuffled off this mortal coil by the time the Mac debuted. But what if a rip in the time-space continuum allowed us to hand out new iBooks to Mohandas Gandhi and Miles Davis? Some interesting tech-support calls, to say the least.

  • Integrated Graphics Program Slims Down

    In the market for graphics software but hesitant to spend hundreds of dollars? Deneba Systems Inc. has just the thing: Canvas 7 SE, a stripped-down version of the company's integrated graphics package. Like its older sibling, Canvas 7 SE packs a lot of power into a flexible, unified interface that lets you easily mix vector and bitmap graphics in a single document, though the sheer number of features may baffle novices. This version lacks high-end features such as color separation and calibration, but Deneba has wisely left in Canvas's excellent SpriteEffects technology, which makes complex layering and special effects a snap.

  • NCR expands CRM solutions centre

    In an effort to showcase the interoperability of CRM offerings, relationships technology vendor and integrator NCR has unveiled a significant upgrade of its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution Centre in North Sydney.

  • Symantec to Acquire Security Vendor Axent

    In a move that would combine two security software vendors, Symantec Corp. Thursday announced a deal to acquire Axent Technologies Inc. in a stock-swap transaction valued at about US$975 million.

  • Macs, the Universe, and Everything

    In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deep Thought, a "stupendous supercomputer the size of a city block," requires 7.5 million years to answer "the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything." The answer -- 42 -- is pretty close to the number of Apple Computer Inc. Macs author Douglas Adams has owned. Adams uses his Macs to experiment with interactive fiction and online games. Presumably, his Macs are a bit speedier than Deep Thought.

  • Harvey Norman acquires Vox Group's scraps

    Retail giant Harvey Norman has snapped up 22 of Brierley Investments' failing Vox electronics stores as part of an aggressive expansion in Australia and overseas.

  • Lycos Switches to Microsoft-Intel

    The Lycos Network, an Internet hub that claims more than 32 million users, this week converted to a Microsoft-Intel configuration for its primary platform, executives from Lycos Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday.

  • Reigning Drawing Program Offers Flexibility

    To say that Illustrator 9.0 is packed with tools for creating Web graphics is like saying a jackrabbit is a very fast runner -- it had better be. The explosion of Macromedia Flash animation on the Web has made Macromedia FreeHand the logical choice for creating the graphics to go with it. To compete, Adobe Systems Inc. desperately needed to address the online issue with Illustrator, and it has done an admirable job with version 9. Although Illustrator is no jackrabbit and still doesn't have the upper hand in Web animation, this upgrade offers an abundance of groundbreaking new tools and enhanced flexibility. Only the most narrow-minded Net head will be able to resist giving the new Illustrator a spin.

  • EU Gives Final OK to U.S. Safe Harbor Privacy Plan

    BRUSSELS (07/27/2000) - The European Commission announced Thursday it will recognize the U.S. so-called "safe harbor" principles as representing adequate protection under the European Union's data privacy directive. Similar decisions were also announced for data privacy regimes in Switzerland and Hungary, the Commission said in a statement.