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Dateline: 11 February 2000 Early Edition
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Overwhelmed With Information
After yesterday's column I've been flooded with suggestions and requests relating to a raft of personal firewall security software and other options.

As a result, I've decided to defer "part 3" until Monday so that I can do more research and, hopefully, provide some kind of shootout list between the various products and options.

It's An Ill Wind
Has your site been hit with a denial of service attack in the past few days?

Do you feel rejected, alone -- nobody cares about you?

Then read this and you'll see you're not alone.

Government Sinks Its Teeth Into The KBE (NOT!
On a different subject -- it's great to see NZ's Virtual Spectator getting a shot in the arm and the international recognition it deserves.

This is the type of thing that "Kiwis Can Do" when they try. All we need now is for the government to create an environment that encourages more of us to "give it a go" without constantly having to bang our heads against a brick wall while dealing with stupid bureaucracy, or despairing that the banks won't lend money on software projects unless you're willing to put your house up as security.

Virtual Spectator isn't the only success story that proves we have the right people here -- don't forget that Global Brain attracted the attention and money of NBC/Snap last year and the Kiwi-built Ghost software was bought by Symantec for a huge wad of cash a few months prior to that.

However, for the life of me, I can't see, at a time when there's still a dearth of hi-tech warriors coming out of our universities, the government decides to give priority to halving the fees paid by those studying to become dentists without touching the course fees for science and technology degrees.

Go figure!

Yeah... I know, I've banged my head against that wall too often so I'll give it a rest for a while -- it seems nobody (in government) really understands anyway -- or at least they choose not to listen out of embarrassment.

As always, your comments are gladly received.


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