30 September 1996
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CHINESE EGG ON MICROSOFT'S FACE
However, it seems that the Tienamen Square incident has not been forgotten by someone within the MS development team because the Chinese version of Windows'95 has been pulled due to the the occasional appearnce of anti-communist slogans while using some parts of the system.
Chinese Political officials have requested users to stop using the programs and "personally seal up the disks". No doubt the penalties for not doing this will be severe.
A new version is being prepared with great haste and will be available for users to download from the net.
COMPUTERS YOU CAN TALK TO
Texas Instruments (TI) has also announced that it has developed new voice recognition software and is emphasizing that it can be linked to provide voice-operated net-surfing.
But what's the point? How much easier is it to press a single key than to spout out "page down" in stilted English. And how frustrating would it be to say "location, http://www.xtra.co.nz" and end up with a DNS lookup error because you were sent to http://www.extra.co.nz ??
AND SPEAKING OF EXTRA.CO.NZ
AND SPEAKING OF .LTD.CO.NZ
XTRA ISN'T THE ONLY ONE!
HEAVEN SAVE US FROM THE PRINT MEDIA!
I refer of course to the regular monotony with which we read in the paper about yet another link between pornography and the internet. It seems that a cocktail of smut and computers is simply too much temptation for some journalists who refuse to let something as trivial as the facts get in the way of a good story.
Take recent events for example. Both the print and broadcast media reported that IAD had been monitoring a web site in the USA. BZZT! Wrong! It didn't take more than a couple of minutes for Aardvark to find out that they had been sitting on an IRC channel - a difference which has significant bearing on such a story - but that doesn't seem to matter to our would-be tabloid press.
Then there was the article in Friday morning's Dominion (who as publishers of the extremely good Infotech Weekly should know better) by Giles Wilson who seemed more intent on creating a good headline than a factual account when he wrote a piece implying that Xtra had cut access to 10,000 newsgroups. Maybe it's about time the internet industry demanded a better standard of reporting from the traditional news media.
WHERE NEXT WITH NET-PORN
Mr Allan... the ball is firmly in your court - do you dare to enrage even more internet users by forcing your beliefs upon them, or will you play the hypocrite?
ANOTHER REAL-ESTATE SITE
Well it's visually very nice - I could almost smell the fresh bread baking, the hot coffee brewing and the vanilla essence in the cupboards. The level of information provided on each property is pretty minimal, about the same as you get in the print-version of the publication.
Obviously the Bank of NZ think there's value in buying banner space
on this site and providing a morgage calculator - however it's a
pretty unimpressive attempt with no mention of whether the mortgage
being calculated is flat or table and no indication of the prevailing
rate of interest being offered by the BNZ - both important factors
to the would-be home-buyer.
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