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April 2003

It's with a great deal of sadness that I must report that I have discontinued my weekly column for health-related reasons.

I remain under a doctor's care and I continue to attend pulmonary rehab to improve my ability to breathe. I'll be focusing even more on my health now, though I miss writing the columns and the feedback from those who read it. I am confident that I will be given the green light to return to work in the future, and I will once again take up my weekly column.

April 13, 2003: Saddam's popularity surges on eBay; Yahoo offering Google-like searches; Sony, others apply to trademark war terminology; NandoTimes terminated.

April 6, 2003: Sluggish PC sales pushing prices lower; music industry files lawsuits against 4 students; Microsoft agrees to mods to help users remove Internet Explorer from Windows XP.

March 30, 2003: AOL adds new services, products to attract new users and keep old ones; angered pro-U.S. hackers repeatedly attack Arab TV networks' Web sites.

March 23, 2003: War on Iraq sends Web users online for news; Microsoft announces major security flaw in Windows operating system versions; former VP joins Apple Computers.

March 16, 2003: Major League Baseball seeks home run with online game broadcasts; Mary Kay cracking down on eBay sales; eBay competitor now for sale; poll shows more executives go online than read newspapers in the morning.

March 9, 2003: Online news sites gearing up for war with Iraq; Falwell loses bid for domain name featuring his name.

March 2, 2003: Senate OKs new child porn bill; MSN blocks ISPs e-mail; snow doesn't stop President's Day shoppers; Napster to resurface; states sue retailers for back sales taxes.

February 23, 2003: Microsoft issues update on security patches; Google buys online journal site Blogger.com; AOL ads new placement locations for ads within its service; hacker accesses more than 8 million credit card accounts; new Q&A section to launch.

February 16, 2003: Turn your PDA into a news-gathering machine; Symantec criticized for withholding info on Slammer worm; Microsoft patches a security patch.

February 9, 2003: Shuttle disaster sends buyers, sellers rushing to online auction sites; Microsoft issues "critical" update for Internet Explorer Web browser; big retailers start charging sales tax on online sales.

February 2, 2003: 'Slammer' worm brings Web to a crawl; AOL loses membership for the first time; laid-off ZDNet staff put themselves up for auction on eBay; Catholic church looking to name Internet patron saint.

January 26, 2003: Court ruling a blow against file-swappers; judge OKs suit against KaZaA; Brits release Top 10 Spam of 2002; eBay to debut EBay TV.

January 19, 2003: Internet over power lines may be possible, but is it practical?; China blocks bloggers' Web sites; judge OKs suit against KaZaA; latest virus makes the rounds.

January 12, 2003: Digital pen and direction-finding PDAs are top gadgets at electronics show; annoying celebrites feted in annual Web site award; Ask Jeeves says "no" to ad banners; MS to end support for Windows 98.

January 5, 2003: Ring in the New Year with a new PC; judge orders domain seller to stop deceptive practices; the Internet (or one form of it) marks 20th birthday.


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