Monthly Archives: December 1999

Welcome to New Year’s Eve (California)

It’s January 1, 2000 in Auckland, Sydney and Tokyo, but early in the morning New Year’s Eve in California. SiliconValley.com has dispensed with the usual format to do an ongoing weblog of events as the new day moves around the … Continue reading

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An Unaddressed Y2K Problem?

Brett Glass, a programmer and writer who isn’t given to techno-paranoia, just sent me a detailed note about potential problem for people who are synchronizing various kinds of electronic equipment to the government’s atomic clocks. “I’m concerned that people could … Continue reading

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DVD Industry Attacks Foundation of the Web

The encryption method used to scramble DVDs to prevent piracy is ridiculously weak. Naturally, it has been cracked. 2600 magazine reported this and posted the cracking software. The DVD industry, which is rich as well as paranoid, has sent its … Continue reading

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Who’s Going to Fall for This?

The Internet stock bubble has been obvious for some time. But this story about LinuxOne’s IPO from the Wall Street Journal (via ZDNet) may be the ultimate cautionary tale for anyone willing to view the phenomenon realistically. Are investors really … Continue reading

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Holidays

It’s been a peaceful, reflective holiday weekend. Hope you had a happy holiday, too. My bosses asked me to think about the future in my Sunday column. So I did. My List of Not so Great Stuff I’ve been compiling … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth…

I am with family this weekend, and will not be updating this journal until Sunday. I wish all of you a blessed, joyful holiday season. Random Acts of Kindness

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Ho Ho Ho

A clever holiday greeting card just arrived in my e-mail inbox, from a prominent company in the technology business. Along with the greeting, the message included the following stern warning: This message is for the named person’s use only. It … Continue reading

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Corel’s Troubles

For years, Corel Corp. has been one of the software industry’s great mysteries. Some things don’t change. In my experience, Corel has been dependably undependable. I recall, back when I was using the OS/2 operating system, how Corel was going … Continue reading

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1999: Looking Back, Part 1

It’s been another amazing year in Silicon Valley and the tech world at large, full of highlights and lowlights. My Tuesday column lists the former, as I see them. What do you think were the tech lowlights of the year? … Continue reading

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