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September 1998 Archive


This open source stuff ain't as easy as it looks. [9.1.98]

Like nested Russian dolls: Photoshop filter-makers Alien Skin Software offer to buy Quark. It's about as serious as Quark's recent offer to buy Adobe -- that is to say, not very. [9.1.98]

Remember you saw it here, er, second: Drue's got a new thing. [9.1.98]

When I was in college, my exam-week diet consisted of hyper-caffeinated sun-brewed iced tea and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. [9.2.98]

Why the hell didn't somebody think of this before people started dying? [9.2.98]

Business Week has a package on the portals. They put forth the rather depressing prediction that the major players will be assimilated by Big Media -- who will then proceed to squeeze out the rest. [9.2.98]

Scott Rosenberg debunks the Carnegie-Mellon study in Salon. [9.3.98]

For you kids out there who thought they grew on trees, CNN answers the question: "Where do pizzas come from?" [9.3.98]

Apple's new Sherlock technology, which integrates Web searching into Mac OS 8.5's Find command, has the search engines in a tizzy. [9.3.98]

Well, I'm off to burn the man. Enjoy your weekend. [9.3.98]

Let's see if I've got this straight. A tiny software company develops a popular product, which causes them to be courted and then driven out of business by certain unscrupulous Canadians. Their own incompetence and greed forces the new owners to sell it off to another company, whose success with the product causes them to be courted by a still larger company. Then that company's major rival hires the program's original authors to come up with a competitor to their original product -- only to face legal action for stealing their own code. Whew! [9.8.98]

Amazon.com's design team finally got its hands on the IMdB. Not bad, but I'm really tired of that shade of beige. It's everywhere! [9.8.98]

Netly has a Burning Man wrap-up that seems to have been written sometime last week -- it's in the present tense, when the event is actually over, and it describes as "vaporware" one of the most popular attractions at the festival. Hmmm. [9.8.98]

Is this guy out of a '50s sci-fi movie or what? A renegade scientist announces his intention to clone himself. [9.9.98]

Tuttle wins! [9.9.98]

"Our product is not just a database, it's an Internet operating system." Huh? [9.10.98]

The Web will never be the same: IBM says it will have 200-dpi flat-panel displays on the market by the end of the year. [9.11.98]

I thought look and feel couldn't be copyrighted. Nevertheless, investment site TheStreet.com is taking legal action against a site offering the unusual combo of stock quotes and pornography. [9.11.98]

I have a feeling they'll be talking about the NYT hack for a long time to come. [9.14.98]

Is this the end of the PC era? [9.14.98]

Those wacky obsessive math guys: A U.S. West employee has been accused of commandeering over 2,500 company workstations to help him find a new prime number. [9.15.98]

Look! We've got blue plastic computers too! [9.15.98]

You may think the recent wave of tech terms making their way into general use is a new trend, but it's been happening for a long time. [9.16.98]

An ambitious European project sets out to hunt for fractal patterns in natural phenomena. [9.16.98]

Don't box me in, man! [9.16.98]

As online media organizations scramble for a viable business model, some are concerned that mixing content and commerce amounts to a deal with the devil. [9.17.98]

I didn't think there could be such a thing as a conservative hacker, but Salon apparently has discovered otherwise. [9.18.98]

Feed posits the possibility of a catfight between Chelsea Clinton and Ken Starr's daughter Carolyn on the Stanford campus, where both are attending school this year. [9.18.98]

Can't get enough of the Onion? Boston's Weekly Week is pretty much the same thing. (I can't tell if this is supposed to be a joke or not, but it's published biweekly.) [9.18.98]

At long last: the Zip drive click of death lawsuit has been filed. [9.18.98]

If I link to a site that links to a site that contains illegally copied material, can I be held liable? [9.21.98]

A cure worse than the disease? Microsoft's solution to the Hotmail security bug is to keep a closer eye on the content of your mail attachments. [9.21.98]

"The only difference [between sixdegrees and GeoCities] is a pretension of purposeful contact." Janelle Brown pokes holes in the sixdegrees model. [9.21.98]

That new Marilyn Manson CD is even more dangerous than Wal-Mart thinks. [9.21.98]

Monks pioneered analog publishing -- it only makes sense that they'd be jumping into the digital variety. (Links are in the upper right corner of the story.) [9.21.98]

The OpenContent project tackles a question I've been pondering for a while now: How can the principles of the open source movement be applied to other forms of intellectual property? [9.21.98]

Would you vote for Grandpa Munster? [9.22.98]

Inching closer to the Holy Grail of science: the unified field theory. [9.22.98]

Can you have a brand without a product? Say goodbye to www.infoseek.com. [9.22.98]

Salon reports that famously hard-to-find author Thomas Pynchon is in fact hiding in plain sight in New York, assisted in his game of hide-and-seek by a conspiracy involving the entire Manhattan publishing industry. How very Pynchonesque. [9.22.98]

Further evidence I've slipped into an alternate universe: PC World profiles the head of the team that designed the iMac. [9.22.98]

The first way to guarantee yourself an onslaught of vitriolic e-mail is to say something bad about Apple. The second way is to say something nice about Microsoft. [9.23.98]

Peanut butter can be deadly. [9.23.98]

Be a menace to society -- or just look like one. [9.24.98]

"It's nothing we couldn't have done, but Apple went ahead and did it." More iMac praise from unlikely quarters -- this time it's Intel chairman and noted paranoiac Andy Grove. [9.24.98]

Mature audiences only please: iMac, hentai style. [9.24.98]

What does a 90-million-year-old fish smell like? Apparently, really, really bad. [9.24.98]

Who says the Internet can't regulate itself? [9.24.98]

It's been nearly 40 years in the making: the first step toward Xanadu. [9.25.98]

A laid-off factory worker discovers a new planet in his spare time. [9.25.98]

Now this is the way object-oriented programming is supposed to work. [9.28.98]

Finally, scientific proof of what we've all known for years -- doctors really do have poorer handwriting than the rest of us. [9.28.98]

Don't wait 40 years to start enforcing your trademarks. [9.29.98]

Netly News covers HotBot's portal-style redesign: "Maybe surfers put off by the power-user image of the Wired Digital brand will find [the new look] reassuring." Somehow I think more people will be put off by the lime-green interface than by the brand identity. [9.29.98]

The first legislator action figure is on its way. (Lobbyists not included.) [9.29.98]

Meet the Voice of AOL. Can you imagine what would have happened had this guy asked for royalties? [9.30.98]

Pathfinder's repositioning of the Netly News as Time Digital Daily manages to decrease original content while simultaneously increasing the difficulty of navigating the site. [9.30.98]