21 October 1996
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WHERE HAS STATTRAX GONE?
Unfortunately StatTrax was seen to grow slower and slower as time went on - possibly being a victim of its own commercial success, until about two weeks ago the site at www.stattrax.com simply stopped responding altogether.
There's been no indication as to why StatTrax has apparently simply vanished off the face of the net. It seems unlikely that ZM Productions themselves have disappeared - research indicates that they were involved in the production of 'The Cape', the new TV series which started here last week.
SWITCHING THE NET TO 'AUTO'
Perhaps the only exceptions to this has been email mailing lists and the excellent PointCast system.
Well that's changing and now internet content is increasingly coming to the user automatically.
Oil Change is a great concept - a web site which sees to it that you applications and operating system are always up to date. Whenever a new patch or fix is released, Oil Change will deliver the relevant files to your computer through the net and install them for you.
Castanet (Cast - a - net, get it?) allows the creation of data channels over the net to provide automatically mirrored directories and files between multiple computers. Any organisation which relies on having the same data on multiple computer systems at various locations will find this piece of software to be of immense value.
Another "we'll come to you" component of the net is Netscape's In-a-box-direct system, a mechanism which allows web sites to deliver their content as web-pages but by email.
With a growing number of net-sites all fighting for the attention of net-users I think we can expect to see even more of a move towards the use of the net as a broadcast medium in the years to come.
SLATE SLIPS-UP AGAIN
Slate, the Microsoft-backed EZine, was to start charging for on-line subscriptions as of next month however these plans have been deferred - supposedly due to problems with their billing system.
Although Rogers Weed, Slate's publisher has denied suggestions that the delay is more likely due to a fear that the market isn't ready for subscriber-based content at this level, some observers feel that Microsoft may be deferring this option for fear of scaring off the current readership.
Perhaps MS are just being smart and waiting for other "free" services such as the Dow Jones Investment News to switch to subscription mode first - so as to test the waters.
Slate are claiming 60,000 "hits" per day - but at least have the honesty to admit that they don't have a clue just how many actual readers this represents.
WHO'S GOING TO CONTROL THE NET?
In the USA - land of the free (and endless bureacracy), it appears that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have voiced their desire to become official regulators of the internet.
Believe it or not, their rationale is that drugs, food and controlled substances are being discussed on web pages, IRC channels and newsgroups, therefore they should be regulating them.
Of course the FDA will be standing in line behind the FBI, NSA and CIA for the title of "Internet Regulator" - let's thank our lucky stars that we only have Trevor Rogers and the IAD to worry about!
SORRY - SATELLITES ARE OFF
An interested reader emailed the company to enquire about the service and received an email advising that the service had been canned with a claim that Huges had "screwed" them. Attempts to connect to the www.apollosatellite.com site last night proved fruitless.
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT EM, JOIN EM?
I seem to recall Chris Tyler saying that he was keen for Xtra to embrace Internet telephony - funny that they haven't yet created a system to provide their own subscribers with an Internet-phone registry - perhaps Voyager will beat them to it.
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