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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
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OCTOBER 22, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 42

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Cybershow Goes Slow

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Hand-to-Hand Computer Combat

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With A Little Help From A Foe
In the Philippines, a controversial plan to meter local calls could speed development of cable Internet access

Annie Lennox wailed, David Bowie rocked, and Puff Daddy rapped amid flames and a gospel choir during the 11-hour, multi-venue NetAid show on October 9. But the newest star on the benefit concert circuit - Internet technology - was out of tune. Organizers had touted the event as a "defining moment on the Internet," in which fans could log on to the NetAid site (www.netaid.org) to watch a live webcast and donate money to fight global poverty. But the average computer user doesn't have the modem muscle to view streamed broadcasts at normal speed. Instead, what most people saw were the eerie, slow-motion pictures that look like they come from a convenience store security camera. The show's more than two million hits also slowed transmission time and made connections difficult in some areas. The webcast, set up by Cisco Systems, was the largest ever. But even the sponsors concede their plans may have been too ambitious for existing home computers. As the ever-earnest performer Bono of the group U2 put it: "All you need is love - and some comprehensive technology."  

Hand-to-Hand Computer Combat
Move over Palm organizers. The world's most popular hand-held computers are about to get a run for their money from a sibling of sorts. The Handspring Visor was created by the design team behind 3Com's Palms, who left last year to start their own venture. Their new baby runs on licensed Palm technology, but has a slot for add-on modules that can turn it into an MP3 player, a mobile phone or even a heart monitor. Perhaps the biggest draw though is its price. At $179 the standard Visor costs about $40 less than its Palm counterpart. And it comes in five colors for the truly chic geek.

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