AOL & Netscape? America Online and Netscape Communications have confirmed that they're considering a deal where America Online would acquire Netscape for $4 billion in AOL stock, and Sun Microsystems would either acquire or license Netscape's high-end business and enterprise server products. If the deal goes through, AOL would take over Netscape's Web browser software (which represents about half the browser market) and Netscape's heavily used NetCenter Web site. Microsoft is using rumors of the deal to press its side in the Microsoft antitrust trial, saying that it shows that Microsoft does face the possibility of robust competition without government intervention. Microsoft's opponents will likely argue that the deal is further evidence that even large companies like Netscape can't stand against Microsoft. [GD].
Copy Before Submitting Web Forms
Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.