Net Xpress: Several Web sites celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2003|SHEILA J. CLARK

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year Sept. 15-Oct. 15. In our local five-county area, our Hispanic community has grown in size, and because of this, our communities have enjoyed many great contributions.

Among the local contributions by the Hispanic community include the addition of restaurants and stores. Our local cable company offers Spanish stations, and our local stores offer products with bilingual labels and Spanish-languaged magazines. We have these and other ways to experience some of the Hispanic culture right in our own communities. This helps us gain awareness, understanding and appreciation for Hispanic culture. We also can enrich our knowledge of this rich culture by checking out some great Web sites:

* Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2003 at is a site created by the National Register of Historic Places. The site features publications, properties on the National Register and National Parks that feature contributions by Hispanic Americans.


* TV stations, A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel and History International have joined forces to produce a month-long celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The site, at, features a program schedule, teaching materials, links and more.

Net buzzz

*, a leading desktop Linux company, and Seagate, one of the world's leading hard drive manufacturers, have joined forces to release LindowsHD. It is a 40GB Barracuda model, 7200rpm hard drive with an English version of LindowsOS preinstalled on it. The LindowsHD combines the fastest and quietest PC hard drive with a complete operating system that is cost-effective and capable of auto-detection of hardware. Learn more at

* Computer and Communications Industry Association have released a report that claims Microsoft dominance may pose a national security risk. The risk stems from the frequent security concerns plaguing Microsoft software products. The risk level is clear to see when remembering the announcement made last month by the Department of Homeland Security, which said Microsoft would supply the software for the agency's 140,000 desktops. Read the CCIA's report at Note: You must have Acrobat Reader install on your computer to view this report.

* As of Oct. 14, MSN has plans to shut down Internet chat rooms in 28 countries around the world and is discussing plans to charge for others. The decision comes as an attempt to eliminate activities of sexual predators and an abundance of spam. See Microsoft's statement at

MSN Live online events

Oct. 3: Actor Dean Cain chats at 8:15 p.m. Go to

Other live events

Oct. 1: Chat with Neil Diamond at 3 p.m. on about his new boxed CD release. Learn more at his official Web site at

Sites to see

* The Computer History Museum featured its second tribute to Apple Computers called AppleLORE. The celebration took place Sept. 13. You can see it online at www. celebration. AppleLORE celebrates the history of Apple Computers from its 1976 inception through 1993.

n The Apple History Weblog at is part of the AppleLORE celebration. The Weblog is an ongoing online log of facts, stories and other Apple-related things can be exchanged.

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