Fusion Spotlight

FRAMINGHAM (01/26/2000) - We've updated our E-commerce Research area to include primers, case studies and articles about business to-business e-commerce. Find out how to generate an e-commerce business plan in five easy lessons from WebMonkey. Find out how to use Unix and NT in your e-commerce environment with a white paper from Marken Communications. And find out the legal implications of doing business on the Internet from Brown & Bain attorneys.

What happens when Windows NT blows away your only copy of your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD)? Besides a lot of frustration, it can mean a lot of lost files. A reader recently experienced this problem and wants to know if the ERD can be saved to more than one floppy. He also wants to know if the repair process can be run on additional floppy disks. Help Desk Editor Ron Nutter suggests making a backup copy of the WinNT Repair directory to another place on the drive or preferably to another drive. Read his other tips in this week's column.

Last week, we rolled out the new and improved Network World Fusion. With a bold new look and a stronger emphasis on research and breaking news, we feel we've made the site easier to use. But what do you think? Is there anything you would like to see on the site that isn't there? E-mail Online Editor Adam Gaffin at agaffin@nww.com.

ASPs are hot, but are they right for you? You could just lease your application from a vendor. U.S. Internetworking says ASPs are the way to go because they take total end-to-end responsibility for your operation. But Oracle Corp. contends that vendors know best how an application should run and have instant access to upgrades and interoperability improvements. Join executives from both firms.

This week's East Coast blizzard forced the cancellation of our NOS Showdown at the ComNet 2000 show in Washington, D.C. But the snow didn't stop Fusion, so our online debate on the merits of different NOSes went on as planned. In fact, it's still going on - along with a discussion on the merits of our review, the one that annointed Windows 2000 king of the NOS hill. Jump into the debate.

In his "In the Works" column last week, IETF Chairman Fred Baker worried that the explosion of domain name registrars around the world could lead to the Internet becoming a set of networked islands. A New Zealander writes that the Net is already balkanized due to what he calls greedy U.S. carriers extracting large fees to provide connectivity to countries such as his. Read his comments and Baker's original column.

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