Internet will treat you to cool info along the way of your research

One neat
aspect of Internet research is that, on the way to look up something, you generally
stumble across something else of significance.


Here are some significant things I’ve stumbled across in recent weeks:


Internet 2. It’s going to be Indiana-based. The forthcoming national research
network will operate at rates up to 1,000 times faster than the current Internet. The
so-called Abilene portion, a dedicated network sponsored by the University Corporation for
Advanced Internet Development, will connect 130 universities.


Abilene’s network operations center will be at Indiana University, according to
Internet 2 managers. This gives it something the original Internet has never had—a
physical center. To track Abilene and other Internet 2 projects, visit http://www.internet2.edu/.


Now there’s the Extensible Style Sheet Language, or XSL, promoted by the World
Wide Web Consortium. XSL separates information about presentation from document content in
standard templates.


To see how it simplifies site maintenance, visit http://www.w3.org/Press/1998/XSL-WD.


Microsoft’s NetNames domain name registry will operate right on a Microsoft
Network portal, starting with a London site. NetNames also has a deal under way with the
CompuServe online service. Like several other proposed schemes, NetNames doesn’t
require .com, .org or .net to be part of a registered name.


But an obstacle stands in the way of this registry’s success. For NetNames to
succeed, domain name servers around the globe will have to point to and use it. So
don’t hold your breath. See how the registry works at http://www.netnames.com.


The Center for Emerging Technologies at the General Services Administration maintains
the site. GIX doesn’t own a lot of the database it points to, but it’s a good
central resource for finding government locator services.


Justice officials would not comment on the report. I checked the employment listings on
Justice’s Web site but found no such jobs listed. Perhaps these are contract
positions?


Now Sun has said JDK 1.2 won’t be ready until November. Another Sun technology,
called HotSpot, promises even a bigger performance boost to nearly the speed of compiled
C++, but it will be delayed until early 1999, about a year behind schedule.


If Java is going to keep perking, such delays have to stop. Find more information at http://java.sun.com/products/hotspot/index.html.


Just as free e-mail and free UseNet news browsing have taken off at
advertiser-supported sites, this free calender is sure to be a hit. It has tools for
exporting schedules to PalmPilot handheld computers from 3Com Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif.
An alarm feature will send you e-mail at a set time before a scheduled event.  


Shawn P. McCarthy is a computer journalist, webmaster and Internet programmer for
Cahners Business Information Inc. E-mail him at smccarthy@cahners.com.

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