The Archives










Jan. 7, 2001: Computer hardware sales slowing, researcher says; Yahoo! auction site to charge for listings; some positive news surfaces among holiday e-tailers; dot-com bombs totaled more than $1.5 billion in investment capital.

Jan. 14, 2001: Recipe site is a chocoholic's delight; Internet growing despite failed dot-com businesses; Microsoft reportedly developing its own Napster clone; Louisville-based Darwin Networks, a wireless ISP, files for Chapter 11.

Jan. 21, 2001: Anti-virus software a good post-Christmas gift; Melissa, a Word macro virus, has resurfaced; protect yourself against viruses; Christmas Day 2000 was good to America Online; PC price war in the offing to spur hardware sales, experts predict; Ford settles suit with Ford fan.

Jan. 28, 2001: Journaling project uses Web to track progress; definition site chronicles new terms; McDonald's inks deal with Compaq for in-store computer kiosks; Excite drops DSL plans.

Feb. 4, 2001: Napster fans will likely pay to download tunes (if court allows site to operate); Disney throws in the towel on its Web portal; Juno examines innovative ways to generate revenue; eBay measure aimed at combatting spam; survey finds more users pleased with high-speed cable modems than DSL; password-stealing virus making rounds on AOL.

Feb. 11, 2001: Anti-virus software offers free top-notch protection; Vatican considers patron saint of the Internet; chatting beats e-mail as Net's top application; broadband access gaining popularity.

Feb. 18, 2001: Napster's future uncertain in wake of court rulings; Microsoft beta of Windows XP available soon; virus tips from a consultant; rumors say Juno is for sale; Dell Computers plans to capture market share by slashing prices.

Feb. 25, 2001: Analog modems still popular despite spread of cable modems, DSL; UPS sends unwanted surprise to some business customers; Internet filter company ends snooping campaign; recording industry moving to nip Napster clones in the bud.

March 4, 2001: DSL announcement shows both opportunity and limitations of technology; Internet Explorer 6 public beta heading for release; "Survivor" Web site a spoiler for show's real fans; German company coupling Internet access to powerlines.

March 11, 2001: Free fonts can dress up your business, personal printed communications; hotrod car fans can find something to get revved up about online; Dot-com problems hit Yahoo!; U.S. leads world in number of Web heads.

March 18, 2001: Study fines most Americans indifferent to Dot-com's demise; Napster braces for complying with court order on copyrighted files; watch Mir's re-entry (or find out about those who will watch it) online.

March 25, 2001: Mac OS X: the not-ready-for-prime-time operating system; hoaxes often as troublesome as the virus; hoax debris from Mir shows up on eBay hours after its re-entry.

April 1, 2001: Germany clears way for powerline distribution of Internet services; study finds teachers don't make much use of the Internet in the classroom; Major League Baseball follows NBA's lead to get fans to pay to listen to online ballgames; domain name changes could force some businesses to change Web addresses.

April 8, 2001: DSL announcement shows both opportunity and limitations of technology; Internet Explorer 6 public beta.

April 15, 2001: Napster users looking elsewhere for their tunes; Microsoft targeting MP3 file format; Intel announces price cuts for Pentium 4 lineup; Iomega settles Zip, Jazz drive lawsuits.

April 22, 2001: Computer viruses can sneak past the best anti-virus protection; radio stations pull plug on webcasts; cancer distributed computing program is no hoax; e-mail takes time from office worker's day.

April 29, 2001: Read the fine print before giving any Web site your e-mail address; photography site offers tips for better pictures; new domain names expected to create "land rush."

May 6, 2001: Music biz looking closely at Napster clones for possible copyright violations; colleges see free e-mail as a perk for alumni; Asia hotbed of Net growth, survey says; Windows XP coming in October.

May 13, 2001: Survey: Internet a major source of personal, business news; Web site tracks where your sawbucks go; Apple opening retail store; cut-rate PC maker eMachines is available, and the price is right.

May 20, 2001: Tips to improve Win 95/98/Me/2000 just a mouse click away; fishing season is here and you'll be ready to tie the knot(s); Salon, the trendy news Web site, is hanging on for dear life hoping to get funding for its operation. Will investors rally to save it? Inquiring minds want to know!

May 27, 2001: Congress working on ways to curb e-mail "spam"; eBay, announce merger.

June 3, 2001: Why are AOL rates going up? Because they can!; Wal-Mart to debut its own branded Internet service; DSL vs. cable Internet; Sulfnbk.exe hoax hits; Jennifer Lopez virus is real.

June 10, 2001: Juno, NetZero announce plans to merge; GAO shows e-mail cutting first-class postal income; four sites rule the Web; Amazon expanding.

June 17, 2001: Airline passengers will soon surf the friendly skies; encylopedia maker to print bound volumes again; millions staying offline; Netscape beta released.

June 24, 2001: Web surfers can get early access to 50 state quarter program; teens report Internet a major force in their lives; auto dealers missing customers with online efforts.

July 1, 2001: Appeals court ruling leaves Microsoft in one piece - for now; MP3 hoax; Earthlink announces price hike; Usenet founder dies.

July 8, 2001: Napster users shut out as service scrambles to meet court order; free Web mail provider making shift from "free" to "fee"; Apple axes Power Mac G4 Cube.

July 15, 2001: Study: One-third of workers' Net use is monitored; HBO launches Web series; Afghanistan bans the Net; Napster still offline; additional music news.

July 22, 2001: PC makers sweat as sales drop; Apple unveils upgrades at MacWorld; encyclopedia maker to charge for full Web access to content; Napster ruling sends music fans scrambling for downloads.

July 29, 2001: Microsoft moving ahead with plans to release Windows XP; parents take note -- some Napster clones give kids easy access to porn; fee-based music downloads sites coming soon (if anyone will pay is another matter).

August 5, 2001: Bring your PC in for PC Pitstop; five steps to avoiding a computer virus; free Internet providers dwindling; Microsoft to release Internet Explorer browser soon.

August 12, 2001: Latest Code Red 'bug' not a threat to home computer users; Netscape unveils improved browser; music companies working to stop listeners from copying CDs.

August 19, 2001: Pop-under ads won't go away soon; Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home auctioned on eBay; Industry Standard latest dot-com bomb to implode.

August 26, 2001: Excite@Home may be next dot-com to bomb; Madonna's childhood home next to auction on eBay; Leonard's Losers prognosticates pigskin picks on the Web.

September 2, 2001: Despite the crash and burn of Net companies, Internet use continues to grow; plans TV program about the auction business; Internet companies removing "dot-everything" from their company names.

September 9, 2001: HP, Compaq merger raises eyebrows of customers, investors; PC World PC Buying Guide a good one; audience with the pope goes on the auction block.

September 16, 2001: Terror attacks send people to the Web for latest information; my news recommendations; Amazon begins book drive to raise money for victims; changes name.

September 23, 2001: Microsoft to offer family license deal for new Windows XP; terrorism attacks delay, alter computer games; Yahoo! to charge for personal ads; Napster clones proliferate.

September 30, 2001: NetZero, Juno complete merger; eBay auctions benefit Sept. 11 attack victims; music labels ponder ways to prevent
copying music from CDs.

October 7, 2001: Survey says AOL lacks customer service; music industry targeting other file-swapping services; Microsoft offering academic discount on Office XP; retools, lays off staff.

October 14, 2001: Post Sept. 11 info only as good as its source; House panel OKs e-tax extension; online music file swapping services mushroom in popularity despite industry lawsuits.

October 21, 2001: Moratorium on Internet taxes expires, but likely to be revived; anthrax concerns send users online; broadband has its problems, but its still the best game in town; Yahoo! sells WebRing system to one of its creators.

October 28, 2001: MS unveils Windows XP; some sites remove data that could benefit terrorists from Web sites; trojan program spread under guise of American Red Cross fund appeal.

November 4, 2001: Online data theft happens when you least expect it; computer makers add financing deals to sell business computers; study says DSL is foundering while cable Internet is growing.

November 11, 2001: Napster technology may aid in fighting terrorism; IRS plans to add tracking for tax returns, refunds; VoiceStream, AOL ink deal; U.S. online population holds steady.

November 18, 2001: Archive preserves digital coverage of Sept. 11; Aimster develops premium service; survey says few Web surfers willing to pay for content.

November 25, 2001: No column this week.

December 2, 2001: Holiday sales look promising for some e-tailers; Opera 6.0 Web browser released as alternative to Netscape, IE; o pay for

December 9, 2001: White House open only to Web visitors for the holidays; Old Kentucky Home State Park highlight of tourism Web site screensaver; virus of the week keeping PC owners busy.

December 16, 2001: Keeping kids safe online is a tough job for parents; ISP suggests users avoid e-mailing executeable file attachments.

December 23, 2001: Online merchants seeing holiday sales surge; more computer virus warnings; greeting card size overwhelmed by Christmas shoppers.

December 30, 2001: Last-minute shoppers give e-tailers a boost; Palm news; eBay fundraiser falls short of goal.