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Category: 

No_Silver_Bullet

Date: 

1998-03-11 09:01:05

Subject: 

Classic Silver Bullet News Report

  Link:

http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,19588,00.html

Comment: 

Here is a classic silver bullet story. The reporter says there is a new software product that will sell for $59. It cures y2k. Wow! For only $59, the PC world can be saved.

There is a click-through on the seller's page. This is helpful. I clicked through.

I got to a company home page. I clicked from it to a list of products. Then I found the product.

Here is a company that supposedly has a y2k fix for all PC's, yet the product is buried three layers deep. This seems a bit strange.

I clicked the product icon. Guess what? In the list of features, there is no mention of y2k. Click through and see for yourself. Nuts & Bolts

A cure for the biggest problem of all, y2k, but the sales department of a major software company forgot to mention this benefit. This seems a bit strange.

I remain skeptical. When it comes to silver bullets, I recommend that you do the same.

This is from C/NET NEWS (March 2).

* * * * * * * *

Network Associates (NETA) has launched Nuts & Bolts Deluxe, desktop software that can, among other things, correct Year 2000 problems in PC hardware.

The bundle, expected to sell for around $59 in retail channels, also scans for viruses, detects hostile ActiveX and Java applets, provides desktop encryption, and includes 13 utilities to speed a PC's performance. . . .

The Year 2000 feature corrects Year 2000 hardware incompatibility problems, which could affect PC owners, particularly of older machines. It allows users to deal with Y2K issues ahead of time.

Link: 

http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,19588,00.html

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