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Issue 45


NEWS

Tidbits: What Else Is Going On?
Free watches? No, that was a flop. They're grabbing my email address and selling it? Well, yesÉFree PC's? No, that's gone too. And other tidbits of news items.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice News Staff]

Upgrade Woes: E-mail Slows
WebTVers are still battling the effects of WebTV's recent upgrade and server changes, including lost functionality, e-mail delays, and breaches of WebTV's privacy policy.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Dexter Davenport]

UPDATE! US West Launches WebVision WebTV Competitor
US West has released its WebVision settop box in Minnesota. More states are to follow in 2000. The box combines high speed Internet, Interactive television, and advanced telephony for $225, including the keyboard and as little as $40 per month for broadband DSL or $12.95-19.95 for dial-up.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Dexter Davenport]

Book Wars: Amazon.com vs. Barnesandnoble.com
Barnes & Noble, in an effort to play catch-up with leading e-tailer, Amazon.com, may have copied Amazon's patented 1-Click shopping technology. Amazon defended its turf with a well placed injunction, right in the middle of Barnesandnoble.com's holiday shopping season.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Dexter Davenport]

Inergy: Missing In Action
Inergy Online is still offline, and despite the statements of one of its former officers that "they're still around, they just had server problems," Net4TV Voice has learned that some of its partners can't find them, either.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by News Staff]

Reminder: B Y2K O.K.
We've been putting off our personal Y2K preparations, and we suspect many of our readers have too. Now's the time to do it. In case you missed our previous advice, here is a recap.We've been putting off our personal Y2K preparations, and we suspect many of our readers have too. Now's the time to do it. In case you missed our previous advice, here is a recap.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Dexter Davenport]

Buzz: Guts and Glory
The general is in town for the big briefing on the future of WebTV, and we finally see the face of the enemy.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by G. Nat URL]

FEATURES


Net4TV Presents: FITNET 45
Take a meteor shower, celebrate safely, help others breathe easily, and enjoy Dr. Nasmith's favorite game... all while staying fit and healthy with our daily inspirational messages, fun facts, and historical observations.
[Published 08/15/99, Written by Tim Lane]

Rooting By Region
"Our" geneologist gives us a little background on how he got started - and why. And encourages you to get more involved.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Gene Blueblood]

Ready for Picture-Perfect Holidays?
With the holidays almost here, don't forget to get ready to save those wonderful holiday memories. Rainsong has tips and tricks for getting your camera ready for the holidays and for photographing the gang.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by RainSong]

Are You a WebTV Genealogist?
Calling all WebTV genealogists! Here is your chance to get your genealogy site listed by our expert!
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Gene Blueblood]

Computer Compatibility
& Other Helpful Hints

Pull down menus, faster loading thumbnails, cleaning up your email and how to creat page breaks: a healthy diet of information from the ADHHH team.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by ADH-HH Construction Crew]

'Tis the Season for Urban Legends
Potent perfume (one snif and you're out), ankle slashers, free goodies for forwarding email. Just another bout of unfounded rumors on the internet.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by WebTV Addict]

Gift Ideas Online:
Great Books and Toys

Dudette's favorite gifts are good books that "keep on giving," and inexpensive toys and games that spark creativity and imagination. She shares her own "one-click" shopping list with you.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Dudette]

Chanukah: Festival of Lights

[Published 12/05/99, Written by RainSong]

Sluggy Freelance: Cannibals Anonymous

[Published 12/05/99, Written by Pete Abrams]

COMMUNITY


Friendly Places With Smiley Faces
She purchased the WebTV unit for her husband - but guess who controls it! She's co-founded newsgroups and a webring, built homepages and met lots of nice folks.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by fionagrape]

SIXPAXRCOOL'S
Illusions & Game Site

If you like illusions, this man has built a site for you! It will keep you staring for hours. The Age Gauge will stir up some old memories and the anti-stress kit is a hoot!
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Catherine Kelley]

On-Line Nagging Saved His Life!
Originally attracted by the on-line Library of Congress, Harry soon discovered on-line match making; and is alive today because of it.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Nelson]

Ginger's Gifs
Apparently this lady likes animals, since she has 2 dogs, 1 pig, 1 rabbit, 1 skunk, 1 ferret, doves and pigeons. So naturally she has a site loaded with unusual animated animal gifs.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Bea Happy]

Nelson Tankus: A Man And His Bounty
Welcome a new writer for Net4TV. Unhappy with newsgroups, he started his own e-mail group, figuring if he built it, they would come. And they did!
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Linda Anderson]

Patricia Harris...The Italian Princess
A secretary, bookkeeper, and hairdresser all wrapped in one package, Patricia divides her free time writing poetry, reading, going to the beach, horseback riding, tennis, and of course, on WebTV.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by BEEBOPHOP1]

Better Homes and Websites
This issue's Better Homes take you on tour -- of a website devoted to Native American art, graphics and more; the webpage of a "woodturner"; a site that looks back on WWII in the Pacific and a page with a Hanukkah (or Chanukah) slide show.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by RainSong]

Asian Delights for a Winter Break
Tired of turkey, can't eat one more bite? Is that big pumpkin pie no longer a delight? Can't face those potatoes, so cold in the bowl? Cornbread so stale, when dropped it'll roll?
Well then dear friends, I've got the solution. To help you keep eating without the confusion. This week we feature some good Asian cooking. It not only tastes good, it's really good looking!
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Nancy McPoland]

OPINION AND EDITORIAL


Welcome to Issue 45

[Published 12/05/99, Written by Voice Staff]

Issue 45, Continued

[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

Fact or Fiction?
Our GenNext columnist writes about her feelings concerning Y2K and why she isn't scared of what might happen on 1/1/2000.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Emma]

VOX POP -- Reader Opinions


I Was Inspired, not Trained, By WebTV
Jerrye says that she was inspired, not trained, by WebTV, and our Question of the Week inspired her to tell us about it.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Jerrye Franks-Smith]

A "Classic" Love-Hate Relationship
Kay tells us how she has developed a love-hate relationship with her WebTV.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Kay]

A WebTV Christmas Carol
Bev Bishop provides a humorous (and musical) look at the WebTV experience.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Bev Bishop]

Disappearing Posts in Newsgroups
BDiana reports that posts have been disappearing in her newsgroups, and WebTV admits that it has been doing it. Have you also seen this happen?
[Published 12/05/99, Written by BDiana]

Religion in Schools
Shirley voices her opinion about religion in schools, and what it contributed to her younger years.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Shirley]

How WebTV Treated Me
Robert Lang was a WebTV Previewer, but when he wanted to get out, he found that it wasn't so easy to get back to an ordinary WebTV.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Robert Lang]

User Report: Free-PC
EricB (aka thewatcher1) has acquired a computer from Free-PC. He gives us his review of the product/service package.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by EricB]

Senator John McCain: Campaign Finance Reform's White Knight
Bernard Wax takes a look at a very different presidential candidate, and why he believes that he is having such an impact.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Bernard Wax]

Voice Mail
Here's some more of our mail and feedback since our last issue.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

Internet TV is a Valid Medium
In our Question of the Week, we asked for your observations on a Microsoft executive's comment that WebTV was "the Internet on training wheels." These users feel that it is a valid medium in its own right.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

Yes, It Is Training Wheels
In our Question of the Week, we asked for your observations on a Microsoft executive's comment that WebTV was "the Internet on training wheels." These users feel that it is a valid medium in its own right.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

That's Insulting!
In our Question of the Week, we asked for your observations on a Microsoft executive's comment that WebTV was "the Internet on training wheels." These WebTV users felt that the comment was insulting.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

WebTV Suits My Needs
In our Question of the Week, we asked for your observations on a Microsoft executive's comment that WebTV was "the Internet on training wheels." These users feel that the Internet on TV suits them just fine.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

It is "Training Wheels," but Because of Microsoft's Decisions
In our Question of the Week, we asked for your observations on a Microsoft executive's comment that WebTV was "the Internet on training wheels." These users feel that he is correct, but the reason is Microsoft's decisions not to let WebTV do all that it could on the Net.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

More 'Upgrade' Blues
We continue to receive a lot of em,ail about problems since the last upgrade.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

WebTV Is Working Well for Me
We do also receive feedback from WebTV'ers who aren't experiencing the problems that some of our other readers are.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

OK -- It's Time for a PC!
One of the things that is concerning us is the amount of mail we're receiving from WebTV users who are leaving for a PC.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]

More Feedback From Inergy Users
Since our report on Inergy's disappearance in our last issue, we've heard from a number of people who had sites there.
[Published 12/05/99, Written by Net4TV Voice]


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