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Have The Glitches Begun? 14 November 2000 Edition
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Every morning I scan the world's leading Net-news websites for interesting stories to be included in the links section of this page.

At 7:22am this morning, international connectivity through Telecom's Netgate gateway failed for several minutes. Is this the start of what could be a few days or weeks of teething troubles associated with the switch to the new Southern Cross cable?

As anyone who has anything to do with things electronic -- if something's going to break, it is far more likely to do so during the first few days/weeks of operation than at any other time in its life.

Then of course there's the complex task of commissioning an entirely new piece of connectivity. If Telecom can pull this off without at least a few glitches along the way then I for one will be very impressed indeed.

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Digital TV -- What's The Big Deal?
Good news -- TVNZ and Telstra/Saturn are getting together to launch a combined Free to Air (FTA) and Pay Per View (PPV) service that will include Net access.

Delivered by either cable or satellite, it's not clear from the information released so far whether Net access is offered by both versions.

Since access is via a set-top-box, any Net access on offer via satellite will (I assume) likely be best suited for simple email tasks and maybe browsing the limited number of websites that can be reasonably displayed on the screen of a TV set -- hardly any real competition to IHUG's Ultra service if you're a serious Net user.

However, for the huge number of people who are simply looking for a simple and low-cost way to send and receive small emails without attachments or the need to learn about computers, this could be a valuable service.

What's On Offer This e-Christmas?
Believe it or not, it's nearly Christmas again -- and time to try and think up clever gifts for friends and family.

Here in NZ there are surprising number of little online shops selling all manner of items suitable for such gifts -- but thanks to a lack of effective marketing, many of them are hidden away far from public view.

If you run such a little e-shop, or if you've come across such a little gem in your travels, how about letting me know. I'll organise all relevant suggestions into an online Christmas shopping directory to help those who'd rather let their fingers do the shopping.

The Weekly
Yes, I know the first edition of the weekly has yet to appear -- but I'm still working on it.

Hopefully (if current leads pan out) it will include a very interesting expose' into the astoundingly bad behaviour of a group of local "new economy" company directors (some of who are also on the board of a public company). Just how competent and ethical are the managers of some of our hi-tech public companies?

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Security Alerts
Sun advises of a potential compromise of 2 specific security certificates (CERT)

IE 5.5 hole lets hackers read files (CNet)

Bug hunter finds another hole in Microsoft IE browser CNet

Microsoft issues new patch for Windows 2000 Telnet security hole (Computerworld)

Windows ME Bugged by Flaw (Wired)

Microsoft adjusts sign-on feature to patch Windows 2000 (CNet)

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Virus Wishes You A Merry Christmas (TechWeb)

Love Bug bites again  (ZDNet)

UBS warns of new virus (CNN)

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4  ISPs coy about benefits of new cable
Internet users have been led to expect that the Southern Cross cable will bring faster and cheaper access, but internet service providers are proving to be shy in predicting its exact benefits...
NZ Herald

4  Any idiot can now send an email postcard
A new email postcard service - invented in Auckland - claims to be "idiot-proof."...

4  ADSL failures continue
Problems with Telecom's JetStream ADSL network now seem to have spread from the new (and so far unsuccessfully installed) equipment to software in an existing switch...


4  Cybercrime Treaty Draft: Take 23
An international council assigned to establish a cybercrime treaty merrily went through 22 drafts before confidently posting the proposal on a website. Outrage ensued, and now it's back to the drawing board...

4  Domain Fights Could Get Nasty
Sticky issues figure to muck up this week's ICANN meeting. For instance, does biz.com have a claim on .biz? Or does .bz have sway over .biz? This all may wind up in court...

4  Macromedia to use "exchanges" to aid software development
With the release of its new Web-building software, Macromedia is taking a page from the open-source programming model to stimulate third-party development of new features...

4  Negroponte: Developing World To Dominate Net
Developing countries will soon dominate Internet usage, and wireless technology -- along with the right policy and cultural mix -- will speed the process, MIT Media Lab director Nicholas Negroponte said on Monday...

4  Online Holiday Shopping Traffic Seen Dismal
The surge of shoppers that went online to take care of their holiday gift lists has yet to repeat itself this year as a confluence of events has shaken consumers' trust in the viability of buying goods online...


4  Tyler's finale at Solution is worth $1m
The last vestiges of Mr Chris Tyler's reign at Solution 6 were removed on Monday, when the former chief executive exercised his remaining options for a $1 million paper profit, a far cry from the $180 million they were once worth...

4  Aussie e-vote world first
A WORLD-FIRST electronic voting system that slashes the time it takes to decide an election should be on trial in Canberra within a year...
Australian IT

4  Designers targeted for piracy
RECORD numbers of multimedia and web developers are being investigated for piracy by the Business Software Association of Australia (BSAA)...
Australian IT

4  Modesty suits e-tail startups
THE first thing Michael Carew bought online was a shovel. He waited 10 days for ...


4  Yahoo Target, Estimates Cut
Wit/Soundview said Monday it had cut its price target and earnings estimates on Internet media company Yahoo Inc...

4  Web Connections Via Satellite Eyed
For consumers in remote areas of the nation, the brightest hope for quickly joining the next Internet revolution is sky-high...

4  Retailers brace for e-shopping fraud
A survey of online retailers predicts credit card fraud cases will increase by 24 percent this holiday season, and they're not too happy about ...

4  Yahoo! launches film searches
Broadband users get a huge lift as Yahoo! introduces its global audience to a pool of untested, original programming for the Web...

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