Windows does QVC. Hey, home shopping's not just about cubic zirconia anymore. QVC's recent 2-hour program to preview Microsoft's Windows 95 software generated orders for more than 17,000 units-translating into $1.5 million in sales. Billing and shipping could get kind of sticky, though, if Justice makes Microsoft unbundle its Microsoft Network from the Windows 95 software. Kind of makes you wonder if QVC will send free ginsu knives to those who may be waiting well past Aug. 24 to try out their new software.
In the eye of the beholder. U.S. newsweeklies, never ones to pass up a chance to snipe at their competition, are having a field day with Time's recent cyberporn cover story based on a Carnegie-Mellon survey. Potshots at the survey's methodology (it was conducted for an undergraduate term paper) are coming in from all corners. But the best comes from the July 24 U.S. News & World Report, which tells us the study's author, Marty Rimm, also is the author of the unpublished "The Pornographer's Handbook: How to Exploit Women, Dupe Men & Make Lots of Money." Mr. Rimm's response? The handbook was intended as a "satire."
Virtual beer garden. Dig out your lederhosen. You could be hoisting brews with the best of them at Munich's Oktoberfest this fall. The city of Munich's Web site (http://www.bavaria.de/Munich) is sponsoring a sweepstakes in which you and a lucky companion could win an expenses-paid trip to the fest, Sept. 16-Aug. 1.
Not OK. The Liberty Mint is taking to the Web to market commemorative coins about the Oklahoma bombing tragedy (http://www.oklabomb.com). Granted, it's a charitable thing-all net proceeds go to the Oklahoma City Survivors' Educational Fund-but we wonder if the Unabomber, whose doings are watched with great interest on the Internet, would be interested.M
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