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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2001-08-08

In this week's issue:  annoying shareware, alluring spam,
the purpose of music, and an inexplicably popular sport
played in the swamp.
A Computer User article guides readers down the path of
deciding to quit your day job and start a small home office.
A U.S. News piece notes a sharp upturn in the number of
summer camps for kids -- especially girls -- focused on
business and entrepreneurship.
CIO reports that Cisco's precipitous decline was
precipitated by a failure of one of their most-vaunted
systems: their own business-forecasting software.
Business & Investing Books:

---Computing & Internet---
The underbelly of the software industry has become seedier,
with unscrupulous software makers achieving wider
distribution paying to have their programs covertly bundled
with hot shareware downloads, reports Salon.
A U.S. News article decries the depths web advertisers have
sunk to, asserting that those who run pop-up and pop-under
ads need to learn some manners.
Rebates sound like a great deal, but, as a PC World article
finds, they aren't as reliable as one would think.
A Salon article finds its author intrigued by what may be
the world's most entrancing and eloquent class of spam, the
Nigerian "419" e-mail scam.
Is a computer virus e-mailing your private documents to
friends and strangers alike?  PC World reports on the threat
of the Sircam worm.
---Engineering & the Environment---
A Time article examines the project of building a $420
million sports arena on top of a reclaimed toxic wasteland
in Dallas.
---Family History---
Kiplinger's explains the steps to take when researching your

---Finance & Investment---
Red Herring analyzes the European Central Bank's reluctance
to cut interest rates.
Red Herring tells an impressive tale of alleged stock
manipulation in connection with a once-highflying incubator,
Zero.Net, and its ex-felon founder.
Managed Care interviews a prominent health educator about
ways to reduce errors in the medical system.
Depression is taking its toll across Asia, where symptoms
are ignored and the condition is stigmatized, according to a
FEER article.
---Household Maintenance---
Family Handyman provides advice for the homeowner with
insect problems.

---Science & Technology---
Science News reports on a major advance in agricultural
technology:  researchers have genetically modified a tomato
plant to thrive in salty conditions, a property that may may
enable the farming of formerly unarable land.
A Lingua Franca article covers an unorthodox attempt to
teach a computer common sense, one fact at a time.
A U.S. News article ponders the purpose of music and the
ways it seems hard-wired into human brains.
An article in CIO reports on the current state of "digital
paper" technology.
Top Selling Books, Discounted
---Sex and the Bard---
Pornographic film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are
garnering some academic attention, reports Lingua Franca.

---Social Issues---
A New Republic article reports that ecoterrorism has come to
the suburbs, bringing with it a heaping measure of
A CIO article expresses fear that the soon-to-be-implemented
location-tracking technology in wireless devices will spell
the end of individual freedom.
Following the deaths of two football players from
heatstroke, a Sports Illustrated article reasons that
coaches need to keep their players from pushing too hard.
An Outside article reports from Wales on a bizarre sport
that somehow keeps growing in popularity:  bog snorkeling.
---World Politics---
East Timor faces an uphill climb, as the new nation must
build an economy from scratch in one of the world's poorest
places, reports Asiaweek.