Net Xpress: Microsoft changes plans

January 18, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

I have some good news for all of you Windows 98/98SE and Windows ME users that I'm sure you'll be glad to hear. Microsoft has changed its plans and decided to extend support for Windows 98/98 SE and Windows ME until June 30, 2006. In addition to this, they are going to keep the self-help online resources available for users for exactly one year after phone support ends.

The company was originally planning to end support for the Windows 98 family of operating systems last Friday, and support for Windows ME was set to expire in December of this year. Now users of these operating systems will still be able to get paid over-the-phone support and "critical" security issues will be reviewed and addressed. Read more.

Next up: Restoring a hijacked browser to normal state.

Spinning weblogs

* Assistant features editor Jennifer Brummett's blog, Jenesis, was launched Friday. While it primarily will be devoted to arts and entertainment, a wide variety of topics likely will be addressed. The first entry ponders waiting in doctors' offices and pays tribute to a former community theater director who died Jan. 1. Tune in for more adventures on the Jenesis blog.


* Advocate chief photographer Clay Jackson launched his photo blog, Clay's Daze, Friday. It will be a daily photo journal featuring at least a photo taken by him per day. Check it out.

Net buzzz

* AOL has launched its election coverage called Election Guide 2004. AOL users will be able to follow local and national election races. Users will be able to input a zip code and then have instant access to local information. The service will include multimedia content such as video interviews and information about voting locations and driving directions. Learn more.

* A federal judge upheld the $512 million patent verdict, where Microsoft was found guilty of infringing on the patent rights of Eolas Technologies and the University of California. Microsoft is expected to appeal the verdict. Read more.


Bed and Breakfast Inns Online at is featuring a contest to win two free nights stay at First Farm Inn in Petersburg, about a half-hour from downtown Cincinnati. The entry period is now through Feb. 29. Go here for more details.

Helpful Windows hint

How to show Internet connection - computer icon with two little computers in low right hand corner of screen - in Windows XP: After her ISP switched its setup from local to national, Linda S. wrote in trying to find out how to show her Internet connection icon as it always had before. She wrote in with this tip to help other users if their icon has disappeared:

1. Click on Start.

2. Select Control Panel.

3. Select Internet Options.

4. Click on Connections.

5. Select Settings.

6. Click on Properties. At bottom of screen it says, "Show icon in notification area when connected." Check the box and then OK yourself out.

Now your connection icons should appear in the bottom right-hand corner. You should be able to double-click the icon to connect to Internet or double-click to disconnect. It will also show how long you have been connected to your ISP.

Thanks for sharing this tip.

MSN Live online events

Jan. 21: Singer Kenny Loggins chats at 8 p.m.

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