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Amazon And The Infinite Mall

Amazon And The Infinite Mall

Amazon has become an infinitely large mall full of small shops. More than half of the stuff sold on Amazon worldwide in 2017 came from third-party sellers. More than 2,500,000 small and medium-sized businesses sell through Amazon Marketplace. Amazon was founded in...

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WINDOWS XP PRODUCT ACTIVATION

Tech types are all atwitter over the "Product Activation" requirement that will be introduced with Windows XP. After you install a retail copy of Windows XP, you won't have...

MORE CHEAP COMPUTERS

Look, this is getting ridiculous. Costco has a few dozen E-Machines today with these specs: Celeron 633MHz processor, 64Mb RAM, 15 Gb HD, plus a DVD drive and the usual...

SATELLITE STORY, PART 5

My purchase order is in for Pegasus Express Plus service. The price has dropped a bit in the last two weeks. Startup costs are about $600 for hardware (including installation)...

CABLE INTERNET ACCESS

AT&T now owns most of the cable system in Sonoma County. They've amusingly named the cable division "AT&T Broadband," and cable Internet service has been rolled out to...

MICROSOFT & SMALL BUSINESSES

Microsoft has revamped its bCentral web site, a collection of services and resources for small businesses. One interesting example is the offer to design and host a web site from...

NEW ADOBE ACROBAT & QUICKTIME

I don't know whether these are compelling upgrades - haven't tried them, don't know about new features - but Adobe has released Acrobat Reader 5.0 and Apple finished work on...

WEB SITE OF THE DAY

You were probably thinking to yourself, gosh, I wonder where I can see stick figures fighting Jackie Chan-style? Aren't you glad I'm around to help? (Requires Flash and a bit of...

LINKS TO PUNDITS

A new addition to the Favorites page (under News / Links): Slate links, a collection of links to hundreds of political columnists, editorial pages, movie critics, book reviewers,...

GATEWAY PULLING OUT OF OFFICEMAX

Tough year! Gateway is struggling with slumping sales and a fuzzy business plan. It's closing a bunch of its own Gateway Country stores, and it just announced that it's going to...

MICROSOFT CORDLESS MOUSE

I should have expected that Microsoft would release its own cordless mouse, to counter the recent successful releases from Logitech. Here's an early review of the Microsoft...

CHEAP COMPUTERS

Prices are nosediving again. Want a cheap computer? There's only a few left, but how about an E-Machine E-Monster 1000 - a Pentium III 1GHz processor, 20Gb hard drive, 64Mb of...

DEATH TO MP3’s

A fascinating article in today's Wall Street Journal discusses some of the ways that software manufacturers are going to cooperate with the recording industry and attempt to kill...

SATELLITE STORY, PART 3

More about Pegasus Communications. Pegasus turns out to be a big company, but relatively new to the broadband world. In addition to their consumer service described below, they...

SATELLITE STORY, PART 2

Pegasus Communications gave me a call this morning. They're going to start taking orders in a couple of days, and promise to have equipment delivered and installation scheduled...