A Wealth of Internet Resources
P> The fast and furious wave of new resources populating the Internet makes it look like the bacteria now run the biotech lab. Here's a potpourri of new/improved and valuable resources/tools that have recently made an appearance.
Netscape Navigator Gold 2.0 Beta 1
The reference is Navigator Gold 2.0 or Netscape Navigator Gold Version 2.0GoldB1. Whatever you call it, this program now qualifies for my Death by a Thousand Qualifications Award.
It introduces editing to the browser environment and includes a pen icon on the tool bar. Once you spawn the editor, watch out! I accidentally shut down the program three times before figuring out how to use it. Is this a useful feature? I'm not sure. With the wealth of HTML editors already on the scene, I tend to believe not. But, of course, I thought Netscape stock would be in the teens by now. The history of the market shows that many stocks make major moves just before a split; after the split, they look like deep-sea divers searching for the bottom of Mariana's Trench.
Free Acrobat Reader Software for Windows
This package is a prerelease for Windows 95 and NT. Updated last month, the self-extracting executable is 2 Mb. Why get it? Because more and more *.pdf files (Adobe's portable document format), including newsletters and fiction, are coming on the Internet. For an example, see the premiere issue of The Internet Teacher: The Internet teaching resource for the desk-top classroom. For information and qualifications, send e-mail to either raustin@unlinfo. unl.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask for Internet Teacher Vol. 1/No.1.
Here's a slick e-mail white page database for finding people and organizations. It features a simple user interface and detailed, ranked results. It claims to have more than 2 million listings. The claim needs a bit of salt: searching on my name yielded "7 highly relevant matches."
An offering from Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, Mass., this search engine carries forward the grand tradition of Internet self-aggrandizing prose: "THE LARGEST WEB INDEX: find out what the other indexes missed. You have access to all 8 billion words found in over 16 million Web pages."
It sports a very nice feature: a full-text index of more than 13,000 newsgroups updated in real-time. Digital just announced an upgrade to 6 Gb of RAM. Whoa, Nellie! While there, you may want to download the demo of MediaWrangler (http://www.altavista.com/altavista/html/mwrangle/mwover.html), a multimedia tool and Web editor in one.
The Federal Marketplace
If you believe in buying straw hats in winter, you'll want to visit The Federal Marketplace. Included in the goodies are an on-line active federal contracts database, federal contractors database, Federal Acquisition Regulation and Cost Accounting Standards -- all searchable. For Netscape users, there are the requisite frames.
John Makulowich writes, talks and trains on the Internet. E-mail your tips to email@example.com; place the word "tips" in the subject line. His home page is http://www.cais.com/makulow/ or http://www.trainer.com/pub/journalism/