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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 18, 2000

Almost ready for prime time

Perhaps Netscape/AOL should have waited a few weeks before pushing the latest incarnation of its browser out the door. Geek sites such as are buzzing with problem reports, but apart from a tricky installation on the Mac, version 6.0 has been good to me. I've been using it as my primary browser on Mac OS 9.0.4 and Windows 2000. It builds pages just as fast as Internet Explorer 5 and, perhaps, just a bit faster on the Mac. It doesn't work with Macromedia Shockwave but has no problem with Flash. Go figure. Let's face it, Netscape 4 is awful, so it's probably worth the effort to download it.

E-nough already

Everything e-this and e-that is passe and, as predicted by those who like to predict things, the dot-com artists have had their day. If you think B2B means "back to banking," it's time to quit that hip place where your stock options aren't worth the paper they're written on with a stunning exit. Click over to on company time and get your bridge burning with this memorable quitting tool kit

Napsterish fun

Oh, how I love the Net and how I gain a new perspective on humanity almost every day. The latest thing to tickle my fancy is the art of Drop Lifting. The idea is that you, a struggling music artist seeking recognition, take your CD into a chain music store and drop it on a shelf. The store, fueled by corporate greed and eager to make a buck, surely will sell the CD to the unsuspecting patron. And the cheeky artist has found one more listener. So simple, so brilliant. I'm getting misty.

Educational yet not boring

Maybe if math had been this interactive and fun when I was a youth, I'd be much better at it. This Shockwave-powered site is educational and non-boring for math heads of all ages and ability. Much thanks to Brandon Kelly for sharing this one

We like free

Here's an easy way to save $20 a month. has expanded its free Internet access service to Macintosh users, who can download the software from its Web site or pick up a disk at Kmart stores. The service has been available for PC types for some time, with the company saying more than 5-million PC users have signed up.

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