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What Happened? 8 October 2001 Edition
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At around 5:30 NZDT this morning, the combined forces of the USA and its allies began knocking the stuffing out of the Taliban's military infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Just under a month ago, when civilian airliners piloted by terrorists began dive-bombing strategic US targets the Net ground to a halt. This morning however, nothing really happened at all to any of the major news sites -- they showed no signs of slowing down or stuttering under load.

Did they learn a lesson from the chronic overloading that occurred last time -- or is it just that on a sunny Sunday autumn afternoon, most people in the USA are not about to come inside and park themselves in front of a PC to get their news?

A reminder that those looking for the latest headlines and links related to the attacks on Afghanistan can find them here.

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Lean Times For Local Industry?
In the period of just a week or so we've seen the demise of WebMedia and Genie -- two local high-flyers which only a few months ago were being held up as shining examples of how we can compete globally in the knowledge economy.

Given that two of these brightest stars have fizzled -- what hope is there for other somewhat less candescent local players?

Let's not forget either that what used to be another showcase Kiwi IT enterprise has recently closed its doors after being acquired by a big multi-national. I refer of course to Gateway NZ -- formerly PC Direct.

And what hope is there for those keen, smart, hard-working wannabes who are just loaded with enthusiasm and good ideas but badly need some bankrolling to get them going?

Well -- if this story is anything to go by then IT is not going to get much help from the government.

I also have to wonder what's been happening to some of those other lights on the horizon that have been highly touted in the past.

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