The Internet is great for watching the U.S. election fuss, but how does it fare at 3 AM when trying to lull a newborn to sleep? Tonya Engst returns to TidBITS with an article about not only finding parenting information on the Net, but also using it as a broader resource for raising children. Also, we note the releases of Netscape 6 and Palm OS 3.5, look at the demise of several Internet grocers, and welcome Blue World Communications as a TidBITS sponsor!
Blue World Communications Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to announce a new sponsor for TidBITS, Blue World Communications. Based near us in Bellevue, Washington, Blue World's claim to fame is the Lasso Web Data Engine, software (or "middleware") which enables a Web server to communicate with a database
Netscape 6 Arrives on Wobbly Legs -- With Netscape 6, Netscape Communications has released the most significant version of its Internet software since Netscape Communicator 4.5, though not without some difficulties
Palm Finally Releases Palm OS 3.5 -- Palm, Inc. has finally released Palm OS 3.5 as a stand-alone upgrade for owners of Palm organizers. Although Palm OS 3.5 has been pre-installed on new handhelds for several months, this is the first time the upgrade has been available for machines running Palm OS 3.3 and earlier
Internet Grocers Drop Like Flies -- Could Internet grocery shopping be the kind of service that appeals greatly to a few while failing to attract the necessary mass market to survive? Last week, ShopLink, an Internet grocer serving several states in the northeast U.S., shut its site down abruptly, and Streamline, another Internet grocer targeting the east coast, announced that it too would be closing up shop on 22-Nov-00
Poll Results: To Go Forward, You Must... Sometimes I get the feeling the universe is watching closely, and last week was a perfect example. We ran a poll asking how old your most recent backup is, and several days later, somewhere in the crashes I experienced while trying to install and launch Netscape 6, my Mac suffered an odd form of disk corruption that kept reappearing even after DiskWarrior and Norton Utilities claimed to have fixed it
Poll Preview: Putting the "I" in Internet -- We hear a great deal about how the Internet is changing the face of commerce and publishing and all sorts of important professional and technical pursuits
It's been about two and a half years since I've written for TidBITS, and that lapse corresponds to my pregnancy and then the birth of Tristan - Adam's and my first child