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Bits and bytes from the new-media front.

Do I hear $50? Log onto the Web sites of the fX cable network and Delphi Internet Services Corp. this week (http://www.fxnetworks.com/fx/fxtop.html and http://www.delphi.com) and place your bid on memorabilia from "The X-Files," Fox's cult hit TV show. Among the items up for grabs: autographed scripts, ties and T-shirts and a rain coat worn by star Gillian Anderson. Is the Web too high-tech? Never fear, watch fX on May 19 at 10 p.m. (ET) and dial the 800-number.

Exit laughing. With just about every telecommunications and media company in the world attempting to pave the way onto the i-way, cable TV's Comedy Central is going in the other direction, as usual. In a new on-air promotion, the network that likes to ask "What the hell is going on here?" bills itself happily as "Your exit off the information superhighway." The animated spot was created by two college freshmen.

This site should link to an Oliver Stone home page. Destination: Vietnam is the latest magazine to take its place on the World Wide Web. Located at http://www.well.com/www/gdisf, its site includes investment updates and travel tips for those looking for five-star lodging at Hanoi's Metropole or Ho Chi Minh City's Floating Hotel.

A crumbling cyberhero. Cid.Cyscraper, a space creature whose new line of "interactive mini-cookies" is being marketed by Chicago-based Delaney Foods Corp., may be the first spokescharacter to call the 'net home. Kids who want to make contact can find him at cid@delaneyfoods.com or visit his home page at http://www.mcs.net/;ldelaney/home.html.

What's a used sandwich? We've heard the Internet called a giant swap shop, but the National Materials Exchange takes it one step further. Among the items in its online database (http://www.earthcycle.com/nmen/): base metals, paper product, chemicals, furniture and computers. Sounds good so far? It gets better. You can also find parking meters and unused sandwiches, according to a news release. (If you want used sandwiches, you have to look elsewhere, we assume.)

Vintage Web. They'll be drinking and cruising (on the Internet, that is) at a May 19 virtual wine tasting sponsored by New York Cares, a charity group. For $75 you get samples of up to 80 wines from Europe and an introduction to the Web and CD-ROMs, focusing, of course, on wine information resources. Whether you remember what you learned is another story.

Road-warrior wannabes. Even if you don't spend your weekends roaring down the road on a Harley-Davidson, you can still strap on a helmet and zoom down another highway. Harley-Davidson of Stamford, in Stamford, Conn., has set up a Web site at http://www.hd-stamford.com/. Included are a forum for Harley enthusiasts, service tips, info on the latest motorcycle lines and cycle sounds and videos. Just like the real thing, only you probably won't be as banged up if you spill off the chair.M

E-mail Scott Donaton, executive editor/interactive and new media, at sdonaton@adage.com. E-mail Interactive Media & Marketing Managing Editor Debra Aho Williamson at imm@adage.com.

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