Magazine Review: Business 2.0, June 1999
The rich truly are different from you and I: They have a lot more money.
In case you didn't know the names of your new masters, the June issue of Business 2.0 kind of fills us in on the scoop. Personally, I'm kind of curious about this new net elite. What kind of people are they? Do they have a vision for society other than a Dickens like propensity to enhance income disparity. I'm tempted to ask them for more gruel. Truly, it is the best of times for them.
Business 2.0 profiles the 14 billionaires that the internet has produced. Aside from the usual suspects, there is least one woman, one hispanic, and one asian. Interesting tidbits: AOL's Steve Case (Net Worth: $2 billion) has a great idea about giving children who live in public housing access to computers. Amazon's Jeff Bezos (Net Worth: $10 billion) , may have political aspirations Apparently he has libertarian leanings, but a friend of the company added that he's a big believer in public policy. Prez Jeff? Not mentioned in this particular article is that he's also a believer in planetary capitolism, uh, as in planets and asteroids. Expect the NASA budget to increase. Cool.
By the way, this entire issue is a great read. If you can only afford to buy one magazine this week, get this one. There's a cool interview with a woman who has learned how to slow down light. That's right. Slow Light. There's also a great profile on Valley UFO advocate Joe Firmage. The writer agrees with me (See my story under "Obligatory Features") that the most interesting idea he has is creating a retail site where a portion of the profits go toward worthwhile charities and civic organizations.
Other stories of note:
>The Murky Science of Web Metrics
>Get Inside Your Customer's Head
>What's Next for Ecommerce
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Magazine Review: PC Magazine, June 8, 1999
As usual, there was no spectacular reading in this week's PC Magazine, but for someone who works in the computer industry you kind of have to read it like a cleric who memorizes Psalms.
This week's main feature takes a look at creating a great site. As usual, it's pretty in depth. You get wide ranging reviews regarding everything from site design packages like Front Page and Hot Metal to application packages to web site servers. If you've never built a website, then this comes highly recommended. One thing I learned is that Amazon's affiliate program pays more than Barnes and Noble's. But do they sell magazines? Hmm.
Just for the record, this site uses Frontpage 98. I got that recommendation from PC Magazine. Also, for the record, I'm very happy with the product. I just don't think Bill Gates is wealthy enough if you ask me.
On a related topic, there's also a survey of inexpensive office suites. Just in case you don't have that $500 for Office 2000, PC Magazine reviews Ability Office, 602PRO Suite and Star Office--known primarily as being the free office suite bundled with Red Hat and Caldera. The most expensive one runs for about $70 dollars. The problem, as you might imagine, is that the suites aren't as compatible with Windows as Office 2000 might be.
Other stories include a comprehensive review of the new series of laser printers, as well as the usual slew of columns and short features. Check out the web site for more.
Magazine Review: PC World, June 1999
Just a ton of product reviews in this issue of PC World, but what caught my eye were two items. One, a review of the newest Linux Graphical User Interfaces and a survey of new floppy disk storage products.
For those of you have been following the fortunes of Linux companies like Caldera and Red Hat you're probably aware that even though we're all rooting for these companies to be a viable, the reviews have not been kind. The thumbs down tone kind of goes like this: God knows we need an alternative to Microsoft, but these products simply aren't user friendly yet. Too many obscure unix demands, too many complicated protocols.
Until now, that is. PC World, like many other publications, claims that the newest versions of both Caldera and Red Hat, which offer the newest versions of their respective Windows-like GUIs, namely KDE and GNU, are the easiest versions yet. World gave the slight advantage to Caldera/KDE because it was much easier to boot up.
To quote World: "The interfaces are similar enough that you could switch between Linux and Windows without developing a personality disorder."
The other item of interest had to do with competing floppy sized storage devices. The star of the group was definitely Castlewood Orb 2.2 GB. For about $200 you can get a disk that handles 2.2 gigs. That's more than the Jaz drive and its $150 cheaper. Unfortunately, for me, it's an internal EIDE device. I'm not sure where I could fit it in with my three hard drives. Again, check out the web site for more info. Or just buy the magazine.