We'll Just Rule the World Now, OK?

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

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Next time Judge Jackson sees a horrific criminal act and is tempted to pronouncerepparttar evildoer a bad boy, he'll likely temper his statements, something onrepparttar 119067 order of, "Uh-uh-uh! Don't do that!" Then shut his mouth tight as he sentencesrepparttar 119068 crook to life in prison for ... "doing something that is not allowed in our society." Don't say anything bad to them.

The problem is that Microsoft is made to appearrepparttar 119069 victim of unfair judgement whenrepparttar 119070 judge can't contain his disdain forrepparttar 119071 absurdly monopolistic practices that have Microsoft ruling not only Planet PC, but Planet Earth.

I am occasionally tempted to trade in my Macintosh for a PC because I'm so frustrated that I MUST have Windows to run applications I need to have. I've occasionally considered purchasingrepparttar 119072 Microsoft Macintosh version of software so that I can view PowerPoint presentations or upgrade from my old Word version 6.0 for Mac because it garblesrepparttar 119073 text from new Word Documents. But ultimately, I just can't do it.

I won't. I can't even standrepparttar 119074 fact that new Mac specific software emulatesrepparttar 119075 look and feel of Microsoft products. It wasrepparttar 119076 other way round inrepparttar 119077 beginning, before Bill copied Mac OS and put it on a PC and called it Windows. It angers me that Internet Explorer comes withrepparttar 119078 Mac OS. It drives me nuts that WebTrends and Web Position Gold only come in Windows versions.

Linus Torvald is a personal hero to me. Open source isrepparttar 119079 only answer torepparttar 119080 ridiculous Microsoftopoly. My iMac and I will stick it out and beg Steve Jobs to slayrepparttar 119081 Giant. Or even an unbiased zipper-lipped judge could do it, as long as he doesn't talk about his opinion, just enforces it.

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Overcoming Your Cyberspace Fears:

Written by Marc McDonald

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Building a successful Web site doesn't necessarily have to involve any complex, specialized skills. Rather, it involves a series of repetitive (and admittedly sometimes tedious) steps, over and over again. It's a task that any determined and focused person can achieve.

Incidentally, HTML (the coding used to create sites) is really not hard to master. And in any case, there are many Web editing programs around that will writerepparttar coding for you.

3. "Sincerepparttar 119066 IPO pipeline dried up, I'm don't think I'll ever get a shot at becoming a Dot Com millionaire."

Reality: this widespread fear, of course, is grounded in bursting ofrepparttar 119067 Dot Com stock bubble overrepparttar 119068 past year. But consider this fact: somewhere out there inrepparttar 119069 vast world of cyberspace is a person who only today started up his first Web site. Five years from now, that person will be a millionaire. Will that person be you? Odds are, no. Butrepparttar 119070 fact is,repparttar 119071 Web remains a wonderful opportunity to earn a living. If you're only looking to get rich, you have an unrealistic view. But if you work hard and you have an intelligent business plan, you will most likely succeed.

The best possible outcome, is of course, cashing in your stock options someday in a successful IPO. But barring that, it's still hugely satisfying to simply earn a comfortable living from your Web site.

I've known a number of people who were able to quit their day jobs. They now earn a living fromrepparttar 119072 Web. They aren't rich, but they ARE happy. They workrepparttar 119073 hours that they choose to work. They don't have to get up at 7 a.m. and fight rush hour traffic torepparttar 119074 office. And they know that they arerepparttar 119075 sole beneficiary ofrepparttar 119076 hours that they work...not some corporate employer. The fact is, working under these conditions is vastly more satisfying than a day job. In fact, you'll find that you can put in 12-hour days and not feel burned out at all---because it's all for you. And it's a quite reasonable goal to aspire toward.

The reality is that, althoughrepparttar 119077 Dot Com bubble has collapsed,repparttar 119078 dream remains alive and well for many thousands of Webmasters.

If you have a Web site, or are thinking of starting one, then be prepared to work hard to meetrepparttar 119079 many challenges you'll face. And you should know atrepparttar 119080 outset that it's counter-productive to have unreasonable expectations. But, onrepparttar 119081 other hand, you shouldn't burden yourself with unreasonable and exaggerated fears and anxieties that simply aren't grounded in reality.

Marc McDonald is a former journalist and editor with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the creator of FreebieDirectory.com as well as several other popular Web sites that have received extensive media exposure from CNN's "Headline News," the BBC, Fox News, ZDTV, CBS Radio, the Washington Post, and many more. Visit the FreebieDirectory at: http://www.freebiedirectory.com and AAAScreenSavers at: http://www.aaascreensavers.com.

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