Why Microsoft doesn't rule the Net By Mark Gimein
Redmond's observers keep counting on the software giant to become a Net company. What's wrong with that?
A worm in the Apple? By Daniel Drew Turner
Quicktime 4.0 is like nothing you've ever seen on a Mac. Has Apple broken its intuitive user interface?
Forbidden Romance? By Janelle Brown
Why are electronically published romance novels not receiving the blessings of the traditional steamy-fiction industry?
Do penguins eat apples? By Andrew Leonard
Once upon a time, Apple dreamed of killing giants. Today, that hope belongs to a new generation -- of open-source programmers.
Circus roboticus By Mark Gimein
A troupe of robots forces audiences to confront the terrors of late 20th century life.
Pat McGovern's "Technology Publishing for Dummies" By Chris Sandlund
How did IDG's chairman build a $2.35 billion business?
Cable modems or DSL: Which is better? By Simson Garfinkel
My Net connection approaches light speed with cable, but that doesn't guarantee a victory over DSL.
Cool rules By Mark Gimein
Why are some of the best minds of our generation working on a better way to send out party invitations?
The art of Don E. Knuth By Mark Wallace
Computing's philosopher king argues for elegance in programming -- and a Pulitzer Prize for the best written.
It's not the end of the "Millennium," after all By Howard Wen
The TV series may have been canceled by Fox, but fans are producing a new season online.
Pretty pretty bang bang By Marc Spiegler
Is Quake 3 too beautiful to live up to its promise as the "ultimate death-match game"?
Linux laptop lust By Andrew Leonard
Laptop hardware is an unconquered frontier for Linux -- a place where the cutting edge sometimes slices free software to shreds.
How to empower a couch potato By Mark Gimein
ReplayTV really revolutionize television watching? Well, it can do neat stuff like rewind live broadcasts.
Jupiter shoots for the moon By Janelle Brown
The market research firm has always said the Net would be big. Now it's big enough to launch Jupiter on a bid to go public.
Song of Roland By David Futrelle
The Roland 303 bass synthesizer didn't inspire musicians at first -- but a software emulation of the techno sound now sings to many a fan.
Click here to make me rich By Chip Rowe
Online merchants need customers, and they need 'em bad, so I'm letting them use my Web site -- for a cut, of course.
Jay Walker's patent mania By Mark Gimein
Is the Priceline.com founder a genuine inventor -- or an intellectual-property parasite?
Palestinian refugees get wired By Flore de Preneuf
What can the Internet bring to a culture that has been scattered across the world?
We have computers. Why aren't we more productive? By Cate T. Corcoran
Technology doesn't usually save companies time or money -- but in a competitive world, it often keeps them in business.
Six-packs, macaroni and software By Mark Gimein
Does stuff you like make for stocks you should hold? And why do companies offer "affinity groups" cheap stock when they go public?
A PC in every pot By Janelle Brown
When we have free computers in every room, will alternative operating systems like Linux, Be and Amiga rule the world?
Fast track By Mark Gimein
Elon Musk is poised to become Silicon Valley's Next Big Thing. What put him in the driver's seat?
Can the Dreamcast save Sega? By Moira Muldoon
Sega wants to lift its gaming console marketshare out of the single digits. Will $100 million in ads and fresh leadership do the trick?
Inside the Red Hat IPO By C. Scott Ananian
A free software hacker gets in on the ground floor of the first Linux company public offering, but pays a price to do so.
Red Hot By Andrew Leonard
The open source movement basks in the glow of a successful IPO for Red Hat, the first Linux company to go public.
Artists do the rights thing By Janelle Brown
The Web gives bands like the Beastie Boys a place to market music and merchandise -- but only if they can hold onto their digital rights.
Software that writes software By Alexis Willihnganz
Genetic programming is the new frontier: A human creates the environment, and a computer hacks the code.
New ethics for the new economy? By Janelle Brown
Technology journalists aren't supposed to own stock in the companies they cover. But to participate in the high-flying tech sector, some are writing a new definition of "conflict of interest."
Life or death software By Andrew Leonard
A proposal for open-source anesthesia software heightens the drama of the question: Who's at fault when software fails?
The yuks server By Mark Gimein
Laff.net has crafted, copied and stolen 50,000 jokes. Soon it will unleash them on you.
For your information By Christopher Ott
The Web has long been loaded with data, but nothing this helpful. Info markets promise specialized answers to your every question.
The $4 billion warehouse By Mark Gimein
Silicon Valley bids up dreams of grandeur, knowing it can sell them to the public.
A Linux lament By C. Scott Ananian
As Red Hat prepares to go public, one Linux hacker's dreams of IPO glory are crushed by The Man.
Where the wild feeds are By Frank Houston
When Bill Gates uses the F-word, it doesn't show up on TV. But Web sites featuring raw satellite transmissions let it all hang out.
Girl talk By Janelle Brown
Are frank online discussions of blow jobs and masturbation empowering teen girls -- or turning them into Lolitas?
Cable à la modem By Mark Gimein
How did AT&T engineer its open-access victory in San Francisco?
My own private IPO By Carina Chocano
We invite your investment in our ill-defined but well-hyped venture.
Copyright -- or wrong? By Janelle Brown
The Church of Scientology takes up a new
weapon in its ongoing battle with critics, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Short attention span theater By John Geirland
Is the Web the perfect place for short films? Cheaper and easier than a trip to the cinema, it may spawn a rebirth of the 10-minute talkie.
One step ahead of the law By Mark Boal
As the gory killsport game Kingpin hits the street, the gaming industry toys with self-regulation to avoid government action.
Did "The Blair Witch Project" fake its online fan base? By Patrizia DiLucchio
Glowing reviews and fan sites raise suspicions that Hollywood is planting ready-made buzz on the Net.
Is Red Hat becoming Linux's Microsoft? By Andrew Leonard
Hardly. But as the lovey-dovey Linux business matures, elbows are beginning to fly.
They got game By Moira Muldoon
Talented players make good money selling characters on eBay. Are they denigrating gaming -- or turning it into a profession?
The overtime stigma By Alicia Neumann
Plenty of tech workers could rightfully demand fatter paychecks, but fear that asking for overtime could be a costly faux pas.
The education of Alice By Art Levine
Are white supremacists and anti-Semites using the Net to recruit upscale followers?
Dangling conversations By Janelle Brown
Can Third Voice's approach to Web community evolve beyond drive-by scrawls?
My five minutes with Bill Gates By Gary Rivlin
After a three-month campaign to get a word in with the World's Richest Man, a reporter gets all he had hoped for.
Penguin wiggles its flippers By Andrew Leonard
Can an upstart Linux box-maker grow like mad -- and still keep its soul?
Finding God among the aliens By Mark Dery
Cyberpunk author Rudy Rucker explores the mysticism of the cosmos, while dreaming of "mindfaxing" and pet dinosaurs.
The consumer incarnation of Microsoftiness By Janelle Brown
Microsoft opens its first retail store -- not exactly a software emporium, but an opportunity to brand the geek lifestyle.
Clueless in Tokyo By David Lazarus
Avatar chat, porn and microwave cooking - if the Net in Japan isn't good for much else, no wonder it's not a hit.
The programmers and the ABCDEFG problem By Po Bronson
An excerpt from Po Bronson's new book "The Nudist on the Late Shift -- and Other True Tales of Silicon Valley." A start-up company's online game project falls victim to a key coder's vacation schedule.
Space noise By Frank Houston
Astronomers listening for distant stars and extraterrestrials are getting an earful of satellite buzz. What happened to heavenly quiet time?
Antiques Netshow By Janelle Brown
Snooty Sotheby's dives into an online auction world shaped by scrappy eBay. How will its objets d'art fare amid the Furbys?
Games don't kill people -- do they? By Greg Costikyan
Before we rush to damn the videogame industry, let's remember: There's both bad and good in blowing up pixels.
The Silicon Valley myth with a life of its own By Michael Mattis
In "Pirates," HP, Xerox and other big companies play the fools of the PC revolution, and only the lone visionary "gets it."
Linux and Microsoft--together at last By Andrew Leonard
A new round of benchmark tests pits free-software hackers against the gang from Redmond in a race for operating-system supremacy.
Three lives in Everquest By Janelle Brown
When a game is this beautiful and complex, who cares about a few deaths along the way?
The Web's plagiarism police By Andy Dehnart
An online service claims it can identify purloined papers. So why'd it nail my thesis?
Can history survive Silicon Valley? By Andrew Leonard
Stanford University archivists struggle to preserve the past of a place that cares only for the future.
Should hackers spend years in prison? By Peter Wayner
Stiff penalties for computer trespassing could create a broad new class of criminal -- including you and me.
I was a Jar Jar jackass By Steve Wilson
How a "Star Wars" fan took aim at a despised Gungan and discovered the power of grass-roots Net campaigning.
How many sites would Australia's Net censorship scheme kill? By Paul Gardiner
Aimed at porn, the bill would push service providers to block anything even remotely risque, critics charge.
Why emulators make video-game makers quake By Howard Wen
The new "emus" aren't about piracy -- they're about freeing code from the chains of proprietary hardware.
Y2Ka-ching! By John Whalen
Bring on the millennial disasters! "Crisis investors" expect to make a killing on computer-glitch nightmares.
No fear of an MP3 planet By Janelle Brown
As Public Enemy embraces new music technology and takes on the recording industry, it's also helping smash the Web's lily-white image.
Dr Laura: Dressed to shrill By Patricia DiLucchio
Moralizing radio know-it-all goes after sex educators, librarians and porn, in her crusade for filtered Net access.
The Web's new tribal warfare By Andrew Leonard
Machine gun lovers and vegetarians clash online -- and at the end of the rumble, a site lies in ruins.
Essay questions By Christopher Ott
How well can computers judge prose -- and would you want one
grading your exam?
What does it take to make a buck off of Usenet? By Janelle Brown
Unable to turn a profit as a geek hangout, Deja.com has recast itself as a consumer-oriented community.
Porn, the Harvard dean and tech support By "Richard Hemingway"
What should the support staff do when it finds 'suspicious' material on your computer?
Tracks of freedom By Jimmy Guterman
Why should open source be limited to computer programs? The same logic could unleash a world of creative, personalized music.
Screen decor By Patrizia DiLucchio
Users are rebelling against utilitarian gray and personalizing their desktops with everything from gamelan to William Morris motifs.
Domain names from paradise By Mary Eisenhart
Can Tonga's crown prince turn the tiny island nation into the South Pacific's Net heaven?
How much do I hear for this perl script? By Andrew Leonard
New O'Reilly venture creates an auction scheme for open-source software projects.
Cool-hunters hit the Web jungle By Janelle Brown
When a marketing company builds a Web community to observe the elusive hipster teen, is it girl empowerment or exploitation?
Quake, Doom and blood lust By Wagner James Au
Violent games aren't a problem, says the computer gaming press -- while lovingly hawking the latest innovations in pixelated gore.
Do e-mail petitions work? By Katherine Hobson
Chain letters and spam rarely impress politicians -- but they might listen to a more personal breed of Web activism.
Send the House home By David Fine
These days lawmakers could live in their districts and convene online. Why won't they give up the Beltway?
Rematch at the NT vs. Linux corral By Andrew Leonard
Testing lab invites another round of performance testing -- but Linux gurus charge the shootout is still rigged.
The shooters and the shrinks By Mark Boal
After Littleton, the media declared that studies show computer games lead to violence. What studies?
The April Fools stock hoax caper and the FBI By David Zgodzinski
All these pranksters wanted to do was raise an alarm about Net investing. So why are they being investigated and sued?
Pathfinder, we hardly knew ye By Scott Rosenberg
The demise of Time Warner's megasite provides a caution to today's portals -- and a clue to the cable takeover wars.
The millennium bug bill battle By Jake Tapper
The tech industry's Washington lobby tries to play both sides of the aisle. Is it being pragmatic -- or just naive?
Mod love By Andrew Leonard
With their ears, their computers and a little code, "mod trackers" build their own worlds of sound.
The Web numbers game By Kaitlin Quistgaard
Everyone in the Web industry seems to agree that Media Metrix's numbers are incomplete. So why have they become a standard?
Microsoft's flawed Linux vs. NT shootout By Andrew Leonard
The test lab looked for help online. But did it really want answers?
What year is it, anyway? By Paulina Borsook
A tech news quiz for the chronologically befuddled.
Doom, Quake and mass murder By Janelle Brown
Gamers search their souls after discovering the Littleton killers were part of their clan.
Online gaming's store-shelf chains By Greg Costikyan
Does Battle.net's success mean that Net-based ventures are still dependent on retail sales?
Caveat poster By Kaitlin Quistgaard
Online anonymity is under siege by a barrage of court orders -- and no one is fighting them.
Pez mania By Susan Moran
What inspired the founders of Ebay? What's the focus of a thriving community, online and off? Little candy dispensers.
Must AOL pay "community leaders"? By Janelle Brown
Labor Department inquiry raises thorny questions about volunteers' role in online communities.
Why Linux needs help By Andrew Leonard
Can free software geeks learn how to write for "stupid users"?
Shaking the family tree By Kaitlin Quistgaard
The Mormon Church takes its vast database online -- and gives the genealogy world a charge.
Do geeks need to go to college? By Lisa Schmeiser
Bill Gates didn't graduate. And many Web workers today feel they don't need a technology degree to succeed.
Everyone's a DJ By Janelle Brown
Shoutcast and MP3 let a thousand Web radio stations bloom. There's only one problem: the law.
Are we bug-free yet? By Patricia Ensworth
Y2K software testers bite their nails, cross their fingers and watch the clock.
The ecology of computer viruses By Jamais Cascio
Who was vulnerable to Melissa? Only users and companies who'd standardized on a software "monoculture" -- like Microsoft's.
Netscape to community: You're evicted By Janelle Brown
As Netcenter's forums fall casualty to AOL-merger cutbacks, participants mourn.
Vernor Vinge, online prophet By Andrew Leonard
The author whose science fiction classics predicted the Internet finds that reality is hard to keep up with.
Money talks -- open source walks a Salon Staff Report
Plans for new LinuxSoft venture map new business model for "free" software
By James Poniewozik
The virus hasn't landed on my desktop yet. I'm mortified
Cloning the pooch By R.U. Sirius
A rich couple sets out to
copy a pet named Missy -- and chronicle the project online
Kosovo's "cyber-monk" and his mailing list By Don North
E-mails from an ancient monastery offer rare independent news from a region
Bringing mailing lists to the masses By Janelle Brown
We'll make running your list easier, new companies say -- just take our ads
Coming soon to computer games -- advertising By Janelle Brown
Before you splatter that alien, a word from our sponsor!
A Vincent Foster for Usenet liberals? By Andrew Leonard
The mysterious death of an online debater sparks a flurry of suspicions and theories
Tipping the antitrust scales Andrew Leonard
How the right helped make the federal courts safe for Microsoft
Repurposing Ada By Michael Mattis
A Victorian countess is widely credited today as the first programmer -- but historians say that
"E-mail is a real revolution" By Kyra Dupont and Eric
For a Cambodian opposition leader, the Net is a lifeline
"Wing Commander" creator takes the director's chair By Howard
Chris Roberts talks about his passage from the little screen to the
Beauty and the geeks By Janelle Brown
Female technology execs
face cruel choices about selling their own sex appeal
How can they patent that? By Peter Wayner
The torrent of patents for e-commerce schemes raises new questions about an old-fashioned system
Fortress Microsoft By Tony Seideman
Redmond's scorched-earth spin strategy has turned into a PR
Gathering of the Linux tribes By Andrew Leonard
Hackers and suits eye each other warily amid LinuxWorld hoopla
Molotovs and mailing lists By Austin Bunn
When bomb-throwers target e-mail discussions, no one can escape the carnage
Terrors of the Amazon By Lev Grossman
A writer journeys into the strange, savage land of his readers and
finds himself performing unspeakable acts
In defense of day traders By Paul Kedrosky
Don't blame them
for Net-stock volatility -- they're just doing their job, making the market
Crips, Bloods in the Web 'hood By Greg Brouwer
Are gang sites for real or for wannabes?
Hotline's civil war By Janelle Brown
The company behind a hot program takes its teenage inventor to court -- while devoted users stew
Hotline to the underground By Janelle Brown
It was invented
by a teenager. It's simple to use. And it can turn anyone's computer into a
server of legal or illegal files. First of two parts.
The Drudge dynasty By Janelle Brown
Matt isn't the only member of his family to stake out a place on the Web
Yay for Yahoo By Andrew Leonard
How do I love thee? Let me
count the pages
Boo for Yahoo By Aaron Weiss
How did the people's champ of the Net get so corporate and lazy?
When candidates spam By Deborah Scoblionkov
A mass e-mailing by a New Jersey Republican stirs up an online
Bear essentials By Tim Cavanaugh
Christopher Byron explains how
day traders have fueled the tech market roller derby
The war for Wired By Kevin Kelleher
Lycos' takeover of Wired's Web sites sparks a bitter shareholder battle that could kill the deal
Confessions of an online sex columnist By Patrizia DiLucchio
Sure, talking about sex is fun. So is telling people what to do
The scandal domain name game By Patrick J. Shields
Viewed through the lens of domain registrations, Monicagate looks tawdry in a whole new way
Lawyers, guns, money? By Janelle Brown
Pundits and insiders reveal their personal preparations for the Y2K disaster
Night of the living day traders By Dana Blankenhorn
They buy and sell at ultrasonic speeds. They rarely leave their desks. And they're obsessed with the Net
Tools of the trade By Dana Blankenhorn
New electronic networks like the Island are enabling the
First Amendment wins another round online By Janelle Brown
Court rules against Net censorship bill
The resurrection of Golgotha By Howard Wen
Volunteer programmers rescue a defunct company's software -- and produce a do-it-yourself tool for building 3-D games
Glory among the geeks By Peter Wayner
For serious programmers, contributing code to Linux pays off not in dollars but in respect
Microsoft has your number By Andrew Leonard
Will Office's new registration scheme stop software pirates or hassle users?
Have my shoe talk to your refrigerator By Janelle Brown
Neil Gershenfeld foresees a world in which computers get smart by infiltrating the physical world
Addicted to eBay By Stephanie Zacharek
The auction site is the perfect place for Web users to get back in touch with the world of things and stuff
Floppy with your Frappuccino? By Deborah Claymon
Starbucks, flying under the radar with Circadia Coffee House, woos the tech crowd
There goes the neighborhood By Janelle Brown
Are free Web page companies like GeoCities truly "building communities"?
The telephone toll By David Brake
For European Net users saddled with high phone rates, the meter is always running
Card bards By Robert Rossney
Legend of the Five Rings isn't
just a card game -- it's a whole new kind of storytelling
The tortured soul of the Silicon Valley CEO By Janelle Brown
Tech-business thrillers put Gates, Jobs on the couch
Joining the mod squad By Todd Levin
A gray-market "mod chip" supercharges a Sony PlayStation -- but how does it make you feel?
On to Mars? Rebecca Bryant
A grass-roots movement burns to put human beings on the Red Planet -- soon
Five fruity flavors By Janelle Brown
Happy days are here again, at Macworld
The ecology of Java By Peter Wayner
It's not just Sun vs. Microsoft anymore -- as the success of little Transvirtual shows
Ten predictions for 1999 By Janelle Brown, Andrew Leonard And Scott Rosenberg
Jenni in space! Palmagotchi! and other headlines for the new year
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