By JULES ALLEN
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 9, 2000
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A writing style all its own
At first glance this looks like a fun, throw-away Macromedia Flash-powered site. It has a few cute graphics and concepts sprinkled around, but you have to play with the thing to get a real appreciation of the work it took to create it. Word Perhect is a completely useless word processor with attitude. It's distinctly belligerent and refuses to do things such as undo, paste ("Do it yourself") and so forth. It's how I wish my word processor would be all the time if I weren't addicted to weird text editors. It's a gem of a site indeed.
An unbanner day
When out and about browsing the Web, do banner ads and cookie warnings drive you up the wall? With the browsers I have installed, I've turned off animated graphics, which really helps. And the Mac version of Internet Explorer 5 allows you to block cookies by site rather than the virtually useless cookie-by-cookie setting. If you're not willing to read up on the documentation for the free banner blocking software from JunkBusters.org, this one might have your name on it. It's certainly much easier to set up and, hopefully, will make your online life more private and close to banner-ad free.
The tech elite
It's a nice change to see a Top 10 list sans Britney Spears or New Backstreet Kids Edition (or whatever the current popular boy band is called). The names on this one will be familiar to technology and finance folk, but some may be new to you, as Vinod Khosla was to me. Arguably I'd swap somebody out with Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, but I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to make substitutions. If you're not familiar with the names behind the technologies, this is a great list to start with.
A Palm protector
I was wondering what took the virus writers so long to get around to targeting the Palm personal digital assistant platform. Maybe interest was sparked by the recent reports of precisely formatted messages that could hang a Nokia cell phone. Or just maybe boredom of trying to infect more popular platforms. Well, fear not, you can beam with confidence once more after installing this free virus protection for your Palm.
Fee looms for Linux
Modern versions of Windows and Mac OS come with a system software update utility that keeps your machine current with the latest fixes and enhancements. Versions of Linux have been able to install software over a network for quite some time. But, to my knowledge, Red Hat is the first vendor to want to charge $10 a month for the privilege. The service is currently free but that will change. Oh sure, you can manually update your software but figuring out what package depends on what can drive you nuts. This new service works with the recently released version 7 of Red Hat Linux. I'd suggest trying the Mandrake version of Linux and do this for free or switch to something such as NetBSD if you're as cheap as I am.
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