November 18, 1995
Web posted at: 4:00 p.m. EST
In his keynote address for the Fall Comdex show, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said his company wants to take advantage of the potential of the Internet. But Gates says Microsoft will continue to emphasize new and improved software for stand-alone computers. Some industry observers predict such software may eventually be obsolete as more users turn to a system in which they pay a fee to get programs on-line. A key Wall Street firm later called Microsoft's Internet strategy inadequate, helping send the stock down on Thursday.
Sony Corporation grabbed the spotlight at the Comdex show by announcing it is re-entering the personal computer market.
Joining other Japanese companies like Toshiba, Canon and NEC, the consumer electronics giant will manufacture a full range of PCs. Sony will create the external design and use its marketing resources to sell the new products. Intel Corporation has agreed to provide the circuitry for the new machines.
It wasn't exactly a blue-collar rebellion. But Internet users got steamed this week, over the U.S. government shutdown. Said one angry writer "I think the government should shut down. Nobody in Washington is doing anything anyway."
The Internet showed itself as a great resource for anyone wanting an education in government deficits beginning with the ever-ticking, ever-growing, National Debt Clock on Times Square.
The internet is also allowing people to express their grief over the recent assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. So far, over 70,000 people have stopped at this web site to offer a message of condolence to the Rabin family. An in-depth biography and pictures offer details of Rabin's life.
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