Lost Packets

Today’s youth appears to be no longer interested in growing up to become pop stars or actors. On the contrary, today’s teenagers have aspirations of becoming the King of Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates. According to a U.K. poll conducted by Parity, a group of technology and resource specialists, 25 per cent of 100 12- to 15-year-olds surveyed said they want to work with computers when they “grow up,” while a mere 15 per cent hope to be famous singers. Teachers and bank managers bottomed out on the list as the least desirable careers. And, just to further prove how much today’s youth depends on technology, a separate survey conducted by UCLA found that 37 per cent of parents today choose to revoke their childrens’ Internet privileges for bad behaviour versus traditional methods like grounding and television restrictions.

Amazon sues spammers using its name

Amazon.com Inc. filed 11 lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada last month against online advertisers, claiming they “spoof” e-mail addresses using the Amazon name when sending e-mail solicitations. The Seattle-based online retailer is seeking millions of dollars in damages and says the lawsuits are part of a bigger plan to put a stop to e-mail forgeries. According to reports, Amazon has already settled a US$10,000 suit with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Cyebye.com. The settlement also maintains that Cyebye is unable to send e-mail messages using third-party names unless it has been given consent. Spoofing, or forging sender addresses, is considered consumer fraud in addition to spam, according to an Amazon spokesman. The company is working with ISPs to find technical methods to keep spoofing to a minimum.

IBM recalls additional monitors

IBM Corp. last month expanded its recall of select monitors to cover an additional 63,000 units, after finding that they can overheat, the company said. The recent recall follows an announcement made by Big Blue in March of this year, where it recalled over 55,000 monitors manufactured by Taiwan-based Lite-On Technology Corp., which were found to have faulty circuit boards that could produce smoke. The March recall was set for G51 CRT (cathode ray tube) and G51t Touch Screen monitors assembled between June 1997 and September 1997. The expanded recall extends the time frame to models manufactured from June 1997 through September 1998. Customers with any of the recalled monitors should visit https://www.pc.ibm.com/g51recall/contact.html#numbers for more information.