Dear Windows-Help.NET subscriber,
Yes, it's that time of the year again! I know that not all of you "celebrate" Christmas, but most do, so from here I want to wish you happy Holidays and all the best for 1999! (and try to spend some time with the family instead of your PC!)
This Newsletter will not be published next week - as even I am going to try and spend some time with my family - the next issue should be out in the week of January 2-5, 1999.
Microsoft announced this week it will appeal the preliminary injunction which forced it to comply with Sun Microsystems' version of the Java programming language, although Microsoft already moved to comply. More information can be found in the Newsletter of 12 December 1998.
On the other front, the judge presiding over the Microsoft antitrust trial said earlier this week that the proposed merger of America Online and Netscape Communications "could have an immediate effect on the definition of the market." Microsoft was quick to seize the moment. Mark Murray, a Microsoft spokesman had this to say: "We believe the AOL-Netscape-Sun deal demonstrates that competition is alive and well in this industry and that the government's attempts to regulate this industry are always five steps behind. All three companies sent representatives to testify that they could not compete against Microsoft but now they are joining forces."
The trial now stands in recess until the 4th of January, when the government is expected to call William Harris, chief executive of Intuit (Quicken), as a witness.
Last week I wrote about the Windows 98 Year 2000 (Y2K) update. Since then I've noticed that many people have problems downloading this update. In fact, I was unable to do so myself, until I followed some steps I have since outlined in an article on the Windows 98 Tips & Tricks site:
Make sure that you are not running any programs when you access the Windows Update site. Press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del]. This will bring up a Close Program box. You should only have Explorer and Systray running (if you are connected to the Internet, you also have Rnaapp running). Stop all other tasks by pressing the End Task button.
I also removed any references to failed installations from the WULog.txt file, which is located in the \Windows folder.
For people who receive all kinds of errors while trying to access the Windows Update Site, try some solutions from another document on the Windows 98 Tips & Tricks site.