Dot-com death diary

By Adam Gaffin, Network World |  Hardware

You've probably never heard of mykidsbenefit.com. And since it's now bankrupt (in practice, if not in actual fact, since it doesn't even have the money to file for bankruptcy), you never will.

In a nutshell, it's one of those dot-coms that tried riding the bubble. But with no focus or real purpose (it changed its name and audience several times, finally settling on being a parenting magazine), it collapsed no long after its launch. Just like a lot of other dot-coms, no?

Raizel Robin, hired as a writer for the site, chronicles its implosion:

Productivity plummets. We come into work late, gossip and try to confirm rumors, then leave early. At the weekly meeting an employee lobs the question: "Are we going to get paid this week?" Smythe answers, "I'm absolutely hopeful."

Robin actually goes back 10 weeks later and finds the CEO still there, now trying to reinvent what's left into an ASP "or maybe an advertising cooperative for 'world-class' companies."

First spotted on CamWorld.

Mac attack

Some people just can't get over the "classic" Macs, you know, those old tiny monitor and CPU in one jobbies. They love them so much, they even rip out the innards to put G3 chips in them, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Says one fan:

"It has a neat, characteristic look to it. I call it the Wurlitzer Mac. It kind of gives you the look of a Wurlitzer jukebox."

The article ends with a bunch of links to sites that tell you how to do your own Color Classic upgrade, including the Club for Creating the Strongest Color Classic.


10/19/00

Adobe.com hijacked?

CamWorld

reports that Adobe may have had its domain hijacked by somebody in China. See this letter to Adobe for more info. Adobe's Web and FTP sites both seemed fine when I tried this morning, but the WHOIS record was odd -- filled with such things as:
Administrative Contact:

Wong, Aaron

Adobe Systems, Incorporated

345 Park Avenue, E7

CA ÇëÑ¡Ôñ 000000

China

tel: 01 408 5363551

fax: 01 408 5374000

awong@ADOBE.COM

Click here for a copy of the complete WHOIS record from this morning.

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