The next Net battle: Time.

The next Net battle: Time. The UK government wants to create a universal Internet time standard based on Greenwich Mean Time. They’re giving it a new name: “Get,” for Greenwich Electronic Time — although it’s not clear how Get differs from GMT.

To get Get accepted as a standard, of course, the Brits will have to go head-to-head against Swatch, which is touting their own Net time standard. Swatch’s standard is based not on hours, minutes, and seconds, but on a day of 1,000 “beats,” each one about a minute and a half long. I guess you’d need to buy a new watch to keep track of *that* time, now, wouldn’t you?
Greenwich could mark web time

The next Net battle: Time.

Here’s an interesting review of

Here’s an interesting review of the year in Internet access appliances, from a site devoted to news about Net devices. As the review points out, wireless access to the Web really started to take off in 1999, with Sprint PCS introducing a Web phone service, and Nokia selling WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) cell phones like hotcakes.

The review predicts that 2000 will see a boom in non-PC Net devices, but errs (I believe) in predicting that boom will start with fixed appliances such as set-top boxes connected to TVs. These appliances haven’t experienced a boom yet; why should 2000 be any different? Clearly, Internet-enabled phones offer people something they want and can use — while the set-top box manufacturers still haven’t figured out a compelling way to integrate TV and the Net. That’s why I think the coming year’s boom in Net appliances will focus on wireless devices, starting with cell phones and handheld organizers.

Net Dreams Turned Into Reality In 1999

Here’s an interesting review of