By JULES ALLEN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 15, 2001
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The death of fitness
In case you're depressed over this whole tech-stocks-moving-south thing, here's a great enabler of self-pity. Strap on your most miserable depression grimace and wallow in style. Heck, if you place this e-cliner chair in the right area, you might never have to leave the room again. Yes, just when I thought that I'd seen it all, I've been exposed to the world's first reclining chair with a built-in Web TV terminal.
Out of this world
Not so long ago, the tech industry was abuzz at the announcement of two-way, satellite-based Internet access from Microsoft and Gilat. It would mean no cable companies with oppressive rules of service or lousy DSL support to fret over. If that partnership doesn't sit right with you, it looks as if you have an alternative in StarBand. MSN seems like a requirement with either service, but reports on techie Web sites suggest that the external USB satellite modem option can be coerced into playing nice with Macs, Unix boxes and so forth. Batteries not included, in other words.
Nothing but Net
For some odd reason, MobileStar isn't trumpeting the recent deal it and Microsoft have made with Starbucks. The bottom line is the partnership is aggressively rolling out wireless Internet access in Starbucks' stores in the United States. Nice. Road warriors might have had a taste of this super fast access at the Miami airport. If not, expect to see it in a lot of airports in the not-too-distant future. Tomorrow is coming, and it's mostly untethered.
Avoid the Jobs section and all will be well with your visit to this site. However, if get-rich-quick schemes and making $30,000 a week for at-home typing services are your cup of tea, have at it. EWanted is most useful for getting rid of items you don't want and obtaining those you do. It works like a reverse eBay: The posters are those in need of goods or services and the respondents have said items. If you chew through tech toys like I do, this site is a blessing.
A Mac must
If you haven't taken the time to get your Mac hooked up with good virus protection, you are, frankly, nuts. And as high-speed, always-on Internet connections proliferate, a firewall should be standard equipment on any machine, Mac or not. If you only take advantage of just these two items, this software bundle is great value for the Mac OS 9 user. Other goodies include disk optimization utilities and backup tools. It's worth checking out.
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