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Oops -- No Time! 16 November 2000 Edition
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Sorry folks, I'm out of time to do the daily commentary today.

The news links below have been updated however and you are invited to check out what's happening on the Net-news scene.
Readers Say
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From Yesterday

Why has Netscape fallen by the wayside? - Joe

Aw come on Bruce... - Paul

I test all of my sites in... - Paul

MSIE may be the evil ... - Stoat

I've seen a number of complaints... - Jamie

Apocryphal stories have come out - Cliff

Have Your Say

In the meantime there has been some good feedback on the subject of Netscape's version 6 browser and I'm looking for a lot more.

Also, don't forget to let Aardvark's readers know if you've noticed any improvements in Net speed since the switchover to the Southern Cross Cable.

And don't forget those suggestions for tomorrow's "Lighten Up" section!

Share your opinions and experiences by having your say.

What's On Offer This e-Christmas?
Okay, I've had a handful of responses to this request for pointers to good local e-commerce sites where we can buy our Christmas gifts -- but I need a whole lot more.

Come on folks -- rattle your dags!

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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New Zealand

4  Cyber world fears snoop law
Big Brother will soon be watching - and possibly hacking your PC and intercepting your e-mail en route - if the Government pushes through changes to the Crimes Act...
NZ Herald

4  Optus cuts off Kiwis, for now
THE brinkmanship over Cable & Wireless Optus assets has started in the biggest shake-up of Australia's telecommunication industry since deregulation in July 1997...
Australian IT

4  Spectrum values plummet $68m
The Government's radio spectrum auction came crashing back to Earth yesterday as bidders reacted to proposed rule changes by shaving $68 million off the value of the auction...
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4  Bleak Days Expected for China Web Portals
It's shaping up to be a long, cold winter for China-focused Internet portals caught in the global cooling of online advertising sales...
Yahoo

4  MP3.com in fee relaunch
With its legal troubles behind it, MP3.com plans to relaunch its online music service mymp3.com by the end of November as a paid subscriber service, CEO Michael Robertson told CNNfn Wednesday...
CNNfn

4  Commission backs discounted rate for Net postage
The U.S. Postal Rate Commission endorses a new class of mail that would allow a discounted rate on Internet postage, just as the cost of a regular first-class stamp is set to increase...
CNet

4  Israeli Hackers Vow to Defend
In order to thwart future attacks from Islamic groups in the ongoing Holy Land cyberwar, a group of self-described ethical hackers created a website "to inform and provide solutions wherever we can and therefore protect our sites against political cyber vandalism."...
Wired

4  Web Guru: It's the User, Stupid!
Jakob Nielsen implores anyone involved in e-commerce to heed his advice. It's all about the user. Would-be customers hate ads, clutter and laborious search and navigation functions. Keep it simple, stupid...
Wired

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4  Ask Jeeves where to find a new domain
Users who access the main askjeeves.com site from an Australian IP are offered a redirect which takes them to a localised version of the service, complete with Australian-sourced advertising material. However...
NewsWire

4  Australia's first virtual courtroom 'on duty'
The Australian judiciary system has made a break for the Internet era and unveiled its first permanent privately-hosted Electronic Arbitration Room...
ZDNet

4  Online merchants pray for Santa Claus
IN the e-commerce game so far, Christmas has delivered the most crucial news of the year for participants and investors, be it good or bad...
Australian IT

4  Optus Global.Net switched on
Cable & Wireless Optus has switched on what is claimed to be the single largest IT global network in Australia, piggybacking off the cable network of stakeholder, Southern Cross...
ZDNet

Other

4  Transmeta to pump up the power
Under fire for its first crop of Crusoe chips, Transmeta says its new products will boost power and cut battery consumption...
ZDNet

4  Netnames whois server hacked
Netnames' whois server is doing funny things to your favourite computer companies. Run a search on its site for, say, AOL.com, and you'll find a list of interesting abuse where server names should be...
The Register

4  Review: Netscape 6 sets new standard
Open-source browser offers unparalleled customizability, but its lack of LDAP, messaging and directory support will hurt corporate sales...
ZDNet

4  Intel ready to flip Pentium 4 switch
Monday is the day Intel will launch its screaming-fast Pentium 4. And officials say the chips could reach the mass market by late 2001...
ZDNet


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