Tech Talk

March 2, 1998

March 9, 1998

March 30, 1998


Tech Week

Apple has announced that it is just about ready to ship a sub-$2,000 laptop that features the same PowerPC processor used in the company's high-end G3 portables. Due on store shelves in late spring, the PowerBook G3 features a processor nearly identical to the chip found in another laptop costing nearly three times as much. Price- and feature-wise, the PowerBook G3 offers as at least much bang for the buck as most similarly priced Windows-based machines. The new laptop will feature a 233-Mhz PPC 750 processor, 16 MB of RAM, a 20x CD-ROM and a 12.1-inch display. The move signifies Apple's new-found willingness to imitate successful trends in the PC market. Though Apple has yet to introduce a sub-$1,000 desktop, the move may signal a trend toward more affordable Macintosh computers. Analysts predict that sub-$2,000 portables will be this year's top sellers. Apple has been able to keep manufacturing costs on notebook computers down by simplifying the manufacturing process. The mainboard shipped with the new PowerBook G3 is a slightly modified version of the same board appearing in virtually all new Apple PowerBooks. Some retailers already are taking advance orders. AOL Posts Top 10 Spammer List In an ongoing effort to curb spamming and appease millions of subscribers, America Online has taken the war on unwanted e-mail to a higher plane. CEO Steve Case last week announced that the company would publicly post what he called "AOL's 10 Most Wanted Spammer List." The list will include the names of AOL's worst offenders. AOL users generally must wade though dozens of unwanted advertisements to get to legitimate messages from people they know or have elected to hear from. Unsolicited messages, which often come disguised as mail from an old friend or business acquaintance, almost invariably advertise either a get-rich-quick scheme or an adult site, or possibly both. Junk e-mail houses harvest huge lists of AOL subscribers' names by lurking in chat rooms and forums, or by purchasing them in large quantities from companies that have amassed such lists. Even if a user doesn't enter such areas, it is not uncommon to receive 50 or more 100 messages over a period of just a few days. The list is only the latest in a string of efforts to rid AOL of junk mail. In addition to filing countless lawsuits against bulk e-mail houses over the past few years, AOL has declared support openly for new legislation aimed at regulating unsolicited mail. Of course, publishing a list of AOL most prolific spammers may not have any effect at all. Other than offering spammers an oddly desirable sort of notoriety, the list may have no effect at all. Bulk e-mail houses already rank among the most reviled entities on the Internet. In fact, the top company on AOL's list is named "The Notoriously Nasty Spammer." If nothing else, Case has saved the company from having to file a Fictitious Business Name.


March 2, 1998

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March 30, 1998