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January 2, 2000: Are your searches coming up empty on the Internet? Here's how a quick guide to search engines and how to use them; some Web browsers will need to be upgraded because of security certificates that were set to expire on Dec. 31, 1999; Wal-Mart rushes new e-commerce Web site online with 600,000 items.

January 9, 2000: Fill your new computer with unique and useful software that you'll never see on the shelves of your local computer retailer! The best part is the price -- free; Microsoft cancels its $400 MSN Internet access rebate.

January 16, 2000: AOL/Time Warner merger has many implications, but is the first of many media marriages to come; General Motors inks deal with NetZero to distribute free Internet access to customers; Google search engine offers Mac-only search engine.

January 23, 2000: Compression utility software will help you handlle those files you find on the Internet; try WinZip for the PC, and StuffIt Deluxe for the Macintosh; Happy99.exe "virus" is still "out there," so be careful; Blockbuster deal could bring MGM's movies to the desktop screen of your PC!

January 30, 2000: How well do those free Internet providers work? A mini-review of the top ones, plus links to their Web sites and my own experiences with them; Super Bowl XXXIV will be awash in ads from Internet companies.

February 6, 2000: Will a sales or use tax cripple the growth of e-commerce??; AOL users sue over AOL 5.0 screwing up their computer systems; Kmart/Super Kmarts to hand out free Internet access CDs featuring free Internet access.

February 13, 2000: Distributed Denial of Service attacks hit numerous Web sites -- but will it disrupt the growth of e-commerce?; Dell Computers jumps on the AOL bandwagon; Home Depot chairman gets on the "dot-com" bandwagon after some Internet tutoring from his grandkids; Presidential hopeful VP Al Gore compares the PC/Mac decision to boxers/briefs choice during campaign stop.

February 20, 2000: From Celtic to hip-hop, offers something for everyone; former Net pioneer PointCast now yesterday's news; ElectionSearch2000 web site allows you to research candidate's latest statements on the issues.

February 27, 2000: CoolEmail offers you your email read to you by computer over the phone; Swatch, Sega team up to offer high-tech cyberwatches; Net security to top next week's column.

March 5, 2000: DSL & cable modem connections to the Internet may invite unwanted guests to your PC; here's how to spoil their party; aftermarket firewalls can help give you extra security and alert you of any intruders knocking at your door; How big is big? E-commerce was big this holiday season according to the Commerce Dept. It plans to spend more tax dollars to better track it, too.

March 12, 2000: Farmers and gardeners can turn to the Web for planting information, tools, seeds and more; If you've ever wondered about planting by the phase of the moon, I've found a site online with everything you'll need to optimize your planting times.

March 19, 2000: "Avon Calling" takes on new meaning on the World Wide Web; Yahoo!/eBay merger talks dissolve; sports Web sites barred from NCAA Final Four; "GAS OUT" e-mail hoax.

March 26, 2000: Cable modem trial results: So far, so good!; Web site lets you test how fast your Internet connection REALLY is; troubled Napster changes software coding in effort to get ban lifted on college campuses; NADA (the blue book people) are set to join the cyberspace revolution.

April 2, 2000: Tech company shakeout proves that there's no substitute for good old-fashioned business planning; Internet Tool Box has value, but chances are it won't make you an Internet millionaire overnight; Wall St. whiz Robertson calls Net -fueled market "irrational" and closes his Tiger funds.

April 9, 2000: Help Web surfers find your Web site by using these search engine tips when registering your URL; Spring Fever means baseball, and that means checking out the Louisville RiverBats' new Web site and stadium; Netscape releases "prerelease" version of new Web browser, Netscape 6.0.

April 16, 2000: Priceline moving into selling groceries, gas; AOL Instant Messenger 4.0 available for the Macintosh -- with new Mac-unique features.

April 23, 2000: Are your music CDs collecting dust? Trade them in for some new tunes; ICANN proposing new domains be created to ease shortage of "good" domains; new Eudora 4.3 rocks! Check my review.

April 30, 2000: Netscape 6 review: A not-ready-for-prime-time Web browser; PC Anywhere lets you remote access any computer; If poor grammar really bugs you, then you can join the Word Police!

May 7, 2000: There's little to love about the "Love Bug" virus; Raging Search, a new search engine that's all the rage; AOL releases AOL 5.0 for the Macintosh.

May 14, 2000: Health issues are a top e-mail hoax -- but there are Web sites to help you weed out the rumor from the facts; Network Solutions to go into the "used" domain name biz; ICQ retool due; waa top Web site in April; Survey says the Net is more important to us the more we use it.

May 21, 2000: Priceline's gas program may stall before it leaves the garage; look for a review of Priceline's grocery savings card soon; Fonts-a-holics unite! There's plenty of free fonts for both Mac AND PC users; software helps manage all those new fonts, too.

May 28, 2000: Web sites offer help preserving those wonderful tastes of summer; National Weather Service uses Web site to detail storms that ripped through Kentuckky community of Leitchfield; Love Bug copycat virus being spread by e-mail.

June 4, 2000: NeoPlanet Web browser blows away the competition; actress Julia Roberts wins at "The Name Game"; Chicago-base Spegiel making moves online, including free Net access.

June 11, 2000: New modem standard means somewhat faster Net access; North Carolina taps Yahoo! for state Web portals; CornCam offers a peek at Idaho's best; Krogers joins grocery list available at

June 18, 2000: Yahoo!Broadcast offers Web surfers quick access to radio, TV content; Web site offers easy ID for trees; Krazy Glue site sticks to the basics; Internet shakeout sends packing; JPMorgan site goes offline when corporation fails to renew domain.

June 25, 2000: Free Internet providers now courting Mac uers; RootsWeb genealogy Web site is acquired by; Father's Day was good for e-business; hacker denied job working for e-zine.

July 2, 2000: InfiNet sale should benefit Hardin County users; NE Online stays put (sorta); WeatherBug gives you realtime weather data in a cool interface; dot-com companies dropping their dot-coms; iMac refinements coming soon;

July 9, 2000: IE 5.5 update coming soon from Microsoft; WorldSpy shuts its doors, refers customers to Juno; new modem standard approved; postal service interested in cashing in on e-commerce, e-mail; corrections.

July 16, 2000: Napster - a music fan's friend or enemy of the free world?; U.S. seniors going online more frequently; IE 5.5 released with a few bugs;

July 23, 2000: Too many files to track? Put them in your Driveway; web site offers custom parts for your new PT Cruiser; FreeWwweb closes its doors too, sends customers to; OJ Simpson turns to the Web to voice his innocence.

July 30, 2000: Visit the National Food Safety Database for canning and home preservation guidelines and recipes if you're working to save some of your garden's bounty this summer; Michigan State University also offers recipes for home canning; Pressure cooker on the fritz? Presto has repair parts for all of their canners and pressure cookers; appeals court judge gives Napster a last-minute reprieve, but will it last long?; NASA Web site offers latest update on the International Space Station.

August 6, 2000: So You Wanna Find has answers to many of life's tough questions; if you want to duplicate fast food treats at home, here's the site for Top Secret Recipes; eBay moves into the world of real estate sales.

August 13, 2000: Netscape browser pre-release version offers many new feature; political parties getting into the domain "name game"; DSL high-speed access is gaining in popularity (in areas where it is available); survey shows how the Internet is now part of most daily lives.

August 20, 2000: Users find that even high-speed Net access has its limits; AOL beta software accidently leaked to users; Kansas couple win cash for naming baby after Web site; Juno inks deal with IBM.

August 27, 2000: Consumers snapping up cheap airfare deals on the Web; Madonna wins suit for her domain name; Pokemon variant of Love Bug virus now circulating; genealogy Web site to offer census data.

Sept. 3, 2000: Recipe hounds will enjoy for new recipes; Michigan gets into auction business; Packard name auctioned off.

Sept. 10, 2000: Charles Atlas saga lives with strongman's Web site; Christmas season outlook bright as e-tailers prepare earlier for online onslaught; PCs becoming more common worldwide; Yahoo! offering free real-time stock quotes.

Sept. 17, 2000: Microsoft to unveil Office 2001 for the Mac; Windows Me offers yet another upgrade opportunity for PC owners; Eudora 5.0 rocks, puts all e-mail software to shame; inks partnership with in hopes of better order fulfillment this Christmas shopping season.

Sept. 24, 2000: Priceline's stock plummets after complaints over service; Web site offers Firestone tire recall information; Olympics to review Web site access to the games; online banking increasingly popular; Cagney auction going on the block.

Oct. 1, 2000: Wall Street sours on Apple after warning issued on quarterly earnings; government Web site is an information clearinghouse; Grinch Warehouse sells Suess-inspired goodies.

Oct. 8, 2000: Wall New bar code device lets Web surfers play "cat" and mouse games; Priceline dumps grocery, gasoline end of name-your-price business; GM moving ahead with plans for Web site to sell cars.

Oct. 15, 2000: Netscape beta a peek at browser's future; Disney memorabilia going on the auction block online; survey says e-mails to hit 10 billion by year's end; candidate Clinton falls victim to urban legend during debate.

Oct. 22, 2000: October means its World Series time, and the Web pays homage to first "Subway Series" in many years; Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft continue to be top dogs of the Web, while a growing list of other Net companies close or cut back.

Oct. 29, 2000: has space memorabilia for budding astronauts; AOL 6.0 released; Web site features national stats on college crime.

Nov. 5, 2000: Online merchants turning to offline methods of boosting sales; online fraud on the increase; Priceline's stock price falters.

Nov. 12, 2000: Mountain Laurel gives a peek at the Blue Ridge Mountains; Napster announces deal to charge for file-swapping priviledges; Krispy Kreme franchisees get in a sticky domain name battle; Yahoo! tops the Web's Top 10 Web sites for October.

Nov. 19, 2000: Netscape releases new Web browser; new domains approved; Yahoo! to charge commercial sites for directory listing; Scour Exchange closes; it's a bad year for dot-com businesses.

Nov. 26, 2000: E-mail forwards can contain fact and fiction; dot-com war tale can win contest; shakeout hits free ISPs; Guiness promotes Web site with world's smallest advertisement.

Dec. 3, 2000: File sharing service aims to replace Napster -- privately; Marvel comics heros now Internet provider brand names; automakers create Web sites to fight competitors; tech stock's decline proves that Warren Buffet was right to shun Internet stocks.

Dec. 10, 2000: Shopping guide for buying that gift PC.

Dec. 17, 2000: Web sites can aid those in need; AOL growth continues; Microsoft's sales slip; Bardstown Web site features snowy My Old Kentucky Home scene.

Dec. 24, 2000: E-commerce growth not as hot as anticipated, experts say; K-Mart's free ISP business gets restrictions; computer consultant offers additional tips.

Dec. 31, 2000: Printing your own postage is easy and legal at home; free ISPs say no more free lunches; "zombie" remote programs could wreck PCs with full-time Net connections.

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