April 28, 2001

Deja News is Back

Filed under: — 3:20 am

Wired News reports on Google’s announcement that the full archive of USENET postings going back to 1995 is back online. I did a search for my own postings and it seems to work well. I just wish it went back further than 1995.

Correction: Bill Gates still richest

Filed under: — 12:10 am

According to this Forbes article, the Sunday Times gave Walmart’s Robson Walton more credit than he deserved in their Rich List, incorrectly moving Bill Gates to #2. I apologize for passing on what was probably incorrect information. It sure was fun to imagine, though.

More annoying Web ads

Filed under: — 12:06 am

InternetNews reports that Boston.com is the latest publisher to use invasive Web advertising. I’d much rather see pop-up ads myself.

April 26, 2001

Figby mailing list now available

Filed under: — 3:28 am

Our articles and Quickies are now available in a daily mailing list. See this page to subscribe.

ZDNet’s Coursey: “I am not a Microsoft lackey”

Filed under: — 2:25 am

In yesterday’s AnchorDesk column, David Coursey called for an end to browser wars, saying that “Netscape should just give up.” Today, he’s acting surprised to be called a Microsoft lackey. (more…)

No time to Flooz

Filed under: — 1:56 am

Another dot-com company that never would have made it in a sane world, Flooz.com, is in trouble again. According to this NY Post article, they’ve laid off half (35) of their staff. This has to be Whoopi Goldberg’s worst embarrassment since Theodore Rex.

Do you need a new computer?

Filed under: — 1:35 am

Salon.com has an interesting article on the lack of consumer interest in upgraded PCs these days. I’m eagerly awaiting the 1.7 Ghz Pentium 4 machines myself, but perhaps I’m the only one.

April 25, 2001

What’s in a dot-name?

Filed under: — 4:26 am

SiliconValley reports that former dot-com companies are removing the “dot-com” from their names to improve their image. What’s next? Could it be the end for e-this and e-that? Or the end of gratuitous use of the @ symbol?

Poor Bill Gates

Filed under: — 2:58 am

It was an inevitable consequence of the dot-com doldrums: Bill Gates is no longer the world’s richest man, according to The Sunday Times. I’m not sure how Gates feels about this – perhaps these pills will cheer him up.

To free or not to free

Filed under: — 2:37 am

David Coursey’s latest AnchorDesk article states the obvious: there’s no such thing as a free Internet. Meanwhile, USA Today raves about all of the free stuff you can still find online.

April 22, 2001

April 20, 2001

Bill Gates on the compelling value of .NET

Filed under: — 3:57 am

eCompany has a short interview with Bill Gates. My favorite part: when asked to name a “compelling use” for .NET, Gates said that HailStorm would allow eBay to offer wireless auction updates to their customers. Apparently he’s unaware that eBay already offers this service.

Good News for Apple

Filed under: — 2:57 am

Apple shipped its 5 millionth iMac this week. They’ve also announced that they made a profit last quarter, and AAPL stock rose 10%. Things are looking up.

April 18, 2001

Nobody wants the CueCat

Filed under: — 7:51 am

Digital Convergence expected their CueCat scanner device to be revolutionary. Instead, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, nobody seems to want it despite its being free. Aside from more creative uses, its use is declining. I’m not surprised. (more…)

April 17, 2001

Pentium 4 gets cheaper

Filed under: — 4:36 am

Intel is planning major price cuts, as much as 50%, on the Pentium 4. A 1.7 GHz version is also coming soon. Meanwhile, there have been reports that the 1.5 GHz P4 slows down under heat, but this appears to have been overstated.

April 16, 2001

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