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Asia Offline 26 October 2001 Edition
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Since I delivered a dose of humour earlier this week, there's no lighten-up section today.

Asia Online has been placed into liquidation, a move that could affect quite a few NZ and Australian Net users.

For those who are relatively new to the Net, Asia Online's "restructuring" is quite a significant event, as it is one of the longest-lived commercial ISPs in NZ. Long before there was ClearNet or Xtra, Iconz as it was then known, was offering Internet access to the masses.

That it has now gone into liquidation, so shortly after the demise of globe-trotting web designers WebMedia, is yet another indicator that the local industry scene is perhaps not in the best of health.

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Do You XP?
How many Aardvark readers have already rushed out and bought their own copy of Windows XP?

Despite the flashy TV ads and hype, most of the feedback I've received to date indicates that yawns have prevailed and most of those who turned out to pick up a copy yesterday are the same people whose past purchases include 8-track players, Betamax VCRs, Motorola Brick Cellphones and the like.

These are the early-adopters; the people who just have to get the latest and greatest bits of technology whenever it's released.

However, I'd really like to hear from anyone who did trot out and hand over their hard-earned cash. Are you happy with your purchase?

Readers Say
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  • Windows XP... - Sam
  • XP... - Jonathan
  • Windows XP - I actually bought it!... - Andrew
  • Win xp... - Stu
  • Sorry, No Tie, No Entry... - Hamish
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    Sorry, No Tie, No Entry
    Now I sometimes receive email from readers who say that I pick on Microsoft too much and that sometimes I'm less than fair.

    Okay, I admit, sometimes I do beat-up on the software giant -- but it would be hard to do so if they didn't keep taping a giant "kick me" sign to their backside.

    Today they've given yet another example of how stupid they really can be.

    According to this story, Microsoft has started shutting out non IE-users who try to use parts of its MSN.com website.

    Now we're not just talking about users of the admittedly buggy Netscape Navigator, but also those who have had the sense to use the excellent Opera browser.

    Microsoft claims that the lockout is solely because those browsers are not compliant with the latest XHTML standard -- how convenient. There's nothing on MSN.com that I can see which absolutely demands they use all the latest and greatest features of XHTML anyway.

    However, I think this one will backfire on MS. Let's face it, MSN.com isn't exactly the greatest site on the Web. There are far better places to get the type of content being dished up there and if you're going to turn people away at the door then don't expect them to return any time soon.

    I maintain my position that Microsoft is becoming increasingly arrogant towards those who don't embrace its self-appointed dominance of the Net.

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