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Hello everyone, Just a quick update before we go on the road again. There is a new Poll up, so please vote when you have time. There's a new image on "Who's Peter Crockett", and the "Linux News" page has been updated. The site traffic has been awesome this week, with over 2000 hits and I've answered over 130 emails since Saturday! I've had a problem with Frontpage98 and it turns out that it has to do with the size of the packets being sent out. Thanks to Andy (and yes, I typo'd his email address last time) email@example.com I'm up and running again! Even a "geek" needs a geek to turn to from time to time.
Here's the good stuff...
>From the LangaList www.langa.com
W(h)Ither The Amiga?
A very recent announcement suggests it's finally the end of the road for this fabled machine. Come get the full story, and then join the discussion http://www.byte.com/column/BYT19990922S0004 !
Just For Grins
Reader Bill Grigg sends along this gem. (If anyone knows the original author, please let me know.)
Top 12 things likely to be overheard if you had a Klingon Programmer:
12) "Specifications are for the weak and timid!"
11) "This machine is a piece of GAGH! I need dual Pentium processors if I am to do battle with this code!"
10) "You cannot really appreciate Dilbert unless you've read it in the original Klingon."
9) "Indentation?! - I will show you how to indent when I indent your skull!"
8) "What is this talk of 'release'? Klingons do not make software 'releases'. Our software 'escapes' leaving a bloody trail of designers quality assurance people in its wake."
7) "Klingon function calls do not have 'parameters' - they have 'arguments' - and they ALWAYS WIN THEM."
6) "Debugging? Klingons do not debug. Our software does not coddle the weak."
5) "I have challenged the entire quality assurance team to a Bat-Leth contest. They will not concern us again."
4) "A TRUE Klingon Warrior does not comment his code!"
3) "By filing this bug report you have challenged the honor of my family. PREPARE TO DIE!"
2) "You question the worthiness of my code? I should kill you where you stand!"
1) "Our users will know fear and cower before our software! Ship it! Ship it and let them flee like the dogs they are!"
>From Microsoft www.microsoft.com
Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition ----------------------------------------
Correction in the Microsoft Windows 98 Resource Kit (Q242764) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q242/7/64.asp
MacDrive 98 Cannot Read Macintosh-Formatted Floppy Disk (Q242463) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q242/4/63.asp
Sleep Button Setting Changes in Power Management Tool (Q242207) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q242/2/07.asp
Printed Colors Do Not Match the Colors on the Screen (Q241993) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/9/93.asp
Time Does Not Automatically Update When You Change the Time Zone (Q241965) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/9/65.asp
Incorrect Password When Connecting to a DUN Server (Q241891) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/8/91.asp
Dial-Up Networking Does Not Start (Q241886) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/8/86.asp
Some Camera Controls Lost After Upgrading Netmeeting 3 (Q241831) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/8/31.asp
Enabling USB Support Causes High-Pitched Noise (Q241259) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/2/59.asp
Error Message in ICS Adapter Properties in Device Manager (Q241255) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/2/55.asp
Cannot Establish Multilink Connection Using 3Com PCI WinModems (Q241239) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/2/39.asp
Infrared Communication Does Not Work After Using Preptool (Q241225) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/2/25.asp
Computer Hangs If USB Mouse Is Moved While Suspending (Q240021) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q240/0/21.asp
Unable to Set the GlobalMaxTcpWindowSize Parameter in Windows 98 (Q239731) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q239/7/31.asp
Converting 2-Digit Date to 4 Digits Using International Calendar (Q234559) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q234/5/59.asp
GP Fault Using Adobe FrameMaker and the Calculator Tool (Q232486) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q232/4/86.asp
Internet Explorer on the following platforms: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 ----------------------------------------------------------- --------
Err Msg: Please Check Your Content Advisor Settings for... (Q242037) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q242/0/37.asp
Windows Update Web Site No Longer Downloads Add-Ons in English (Q241876) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/8/76.asp
Update for ImportExportFavorites Vulnerability, ActiveX Controls (Q241361) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q241/3/61.asp
Err Msg: Iexplore.exe Exception: Access Violation (0xc0000005) (Q240023) http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q240/0/23.asp
(some news) (Is this fast enough for you?)
(1) AMD to raise speed bar with 700-MHz Athlon
Speeds will increase for PCs next week when Advanced Micro Devices releases a 700-MHz version of its Athlon chip, a move that will be followed by new computers from IBM and Compaq Computer. The new chip, expected to be announced Monday, will mean that AMD will continue to enjoy a speed and performance advantage over Intel's top chips, according to analysts and other sources. Intel won't be far behind, however; it is slated to come out with 700-MHz and 733-MHz Pentium IIIs on October 25, sources said. The fastest Pentium III now tops out at 600 MHz. Overall, Athlon achieves a higher level of performance than the Pentium III at equal speeds, leading to crisper, more realistic graphics, according to testers.
PC industry hit by Taiwan quake aftershocks
The impact of last week's earthquake in Taiwan will take a while to sink in, so look for problems in the PC market later rather then sooner. Some of the most ominous indicators of a tight market to come are a steep rise in memory prices over the past week, a hike in graphics chip costs, and a lack of core support components for processors. The result could be higher PC prices, a shakeup of the "free" PC market, delays of some PC models, and depressed earnings. Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carleton "Carly" Fiorina said Friday that fourth- quarter growth will take a hit because of the earthquake. We are sure of some disruption and delay in some elements of our PC supply chain," she said Friday. Also, BancBoston Robertson Stephens downgraded Dell stock Friday because of, among other reasons, the recent supply issues caused by the Taiwan earthquake, according to electronics analyst Daniel Niles. Meanwhile, component suppliers are raising prices.
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