| Dec 8, 1999

May we help you?

They say this might be the year that online Christmas sales in the U.S. actually live up to past promises of e-commerce’s ascendancy. Hurrahs could be heard when it was reported that online transactions over Thanksgiving were up 10-fold (and groans could be heard ...

| Nov 24, 1999

Web's blog, stardate 1999

The Internet could be blamed for empowering armies of blowhards, chatterboxes and gas bags. While you probably have no shortage of these around you in the real world, you are just as likely to bump into them online, boasting, preaching, whining, ranting, blathering on ...

| Nov 17, 1999

A Web DJ saved my life

Let’s look at the headlines from Net music news. Maestro, hit the rewind: Responding to pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America, Carnegie Mellon University busted 71 students for collecting and distributing MP3 files, the standard du jour for music pirates on the ...

| Nov 3, 1999

Marketing witchcraft

“The Blair Witch Project,” which will finally appear at a theater near you this month, is one of the scariest movies of the ’90s. I’m not talking about the actual movie, which I saw at a recent preview. It does produce plenty of goose ...

| Oct 20, 1999

The comfort of strangers

“Susunu Denpa Shonen,” which airs every Sunday night on NTV, has become a bona fide phenomenon partly by tweaking noses and partly by joining hands — call it cynicism cut with altruism While the long-running show has produced a number of different mini-booms, its ...

| Oct 6, 1999

The future is in the air

I have written and read e-mail during my commute, beamed my virtual meishi to new acquaintances, played cards in taxis, and once in a shameless display of computing on my feet I consulted a database of Tokyo restaurants, which I had downloaded from www.bento.com, ...

| Sep 22, 1999

Where the women are

No presses need to be stopped to inform you of the growing number of women on the Internet in Japan. And the sizes of our headlines won’t increase to tell you that number will continue to rise steadily, if not dramatically, over the next ...

| Aug 11, 1999

What's that sound?

Two years ago I wrote about how the Fuji Rock Festival’s Web site saved me a two-hour trip to the festival. Early reports accurately painted a grim picture of chaos created by a freak typhoon, so I decided to stay in Tokyo. That year, ...

| Jul 28, 1999

The little claimer that could

While companies, especially computer makers, have been eager to promote the Internet as a global bazaar and amusement park rolled into one, they are quickly learning that there’s a little more to it than that. The tools that are supposed to help the customer ...

| Jul 14, 1999

Lost and found fnords

The Net is a terrific reference tool. There, I said it, the obvious. It’s like stating that you should use a saw to cut down a tree. But have you ever tried to do an online search for the currency of Bhutan in the ...