Not a question. Just to let you know that the Encyclopedia is now fully operational (might have been for a while, actually) and is truly an excellent source of information. Go check it out: I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


P.S.: I’ve noticed that the search engine is sometimes case-sensitive.

omniscientnot, in a previous incarnation.
The hyphen says it all…

Thanks to jti in MPSIMS. The URL should read:

I never could get in the store there to buy it for about $50 after rebates. So I didnt get to find out if that is the full version or just some short cut.

Try going to .

Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it. Georges Santayana

I don’t know if anyone cares, but I work for Britannica, and I want to apologize on behalf of the company for the outages of the new website a couple weeks ago. We got a few more hits than we were expecting (by several million).

I’m not sure how unusual a problem this is for companies new to the Internet. The IT department over here was running around like mad trying to get everything back up. I think they bought and had up-and-running something like 100 new high-speed servers within a week. Anyway, I hope it stays up…

sixseatport, I was always able to get on, I just went to instead. But being you work for them & I can’t get into the store, maybe you have a discounted encylopedia on cdrom for me to buy? I bet employees get nice discounts…how many cd’s is that?

handy, last I heard they’re still updating the content of the online bookstore, which means it will still be a day or two before it’s up. They do sell a lot of CD-ROM encyclopedias, though. The 2000 edition should be in stores soon.

(btw AFAIK employees don’t get a set discount, but every now and then they have little in-house ‘fire sales’.)

The website works now. I just looked up Benjamin Franklin. And he wasn’t too happy about it, either, badda-boom.

Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it. Georges Santayana

Right. November 15th you can Buy EB2000 at $70, get $30 more in rebates, plus get the whole encyclopedia, plus a few extra books along on 3 cds. wow.

We have the Britannica CD ROM. It’s unnnecessarily comlicated, with a sort of outline of articles under a main heading. Also, it’s a very boring looking text, my kids would never use it for that reason.

You could easily organize the same material in a bit more modern way.

Haven’t gotten to the www site yet.Haven’t tried.

How many cds is yours sunbear?

Mickeysoft Encarta is only 1 cd but it seems easy enough to use.
If EB is three cd’s then it must be more extensive.

handy, please pardon the corporate plug:

Current versions of the Britannica CD have over 75,000 articles, containing over 44 million words.

I don’t know the exact numbers, but I heard that encarta has something like 20,000 articles – less than one third.

Sunbear, if you don’t like the interface or presentation in the version you have (it sounds like the Multimedia edition), then take a look at the Standard edition – much simpler, much more straightforward.

Mine’s 2 Cd’s.

Not to mention that Encarta is known to include deliberate lies, so as to be politically correct in the respective language editions.

It shouldn’t be surprising, after all – does anyone expect honesty or integrity from Bill “Microsoft is fully committed to OS/2, and the Wall Street Journal’s story that we plan to replace it with something called ‘Windows NT’ is completely false” Gates?

John W. Kennedy
“Compact is becoming contract; man only earns and pays.”
– Charles Williams

When was Microsoft fully committed to an IBM product?


Should Bill Gates be committed?

Fighting my own ignorance since 1957.

OS/2 was a joint IBM-Microsoft product.

Except, that, in hindsight, it’s fairly obvious that it was never seriously intended to be a Microsoft product. Microsoft used it as a way to learn from IBM how to build a decent operating system and then stabbed IBM and all the OS/2 customers who’d believed Microsoft’s promises in the back. They lied about it right up to a couple of weeks before announcing Windows NT.

As a result of this perfidy, software technology in the PC industry lost about ten years, and thousands of people lost their jobs and reputations.

John W. Kennedy
“Compact is becoming contract; man only earns and pays.”
– Charles Williams

If that’s the case, more fool them for trusting MS, that’s what I say.

I had thought the big problem with OS/2 was that they attempted to reverse engineer Windoze and failed to convince The Buying Public that they had done so satisfactorily.


sixseatport wrote:

Tsk tsk tsk. Didn’t your IT department see the IBM commercial with the stupidity support group, where the bigwig of some company sank a bazillion dollars into a one-time-only commercial for their website only to have their site crash because they “forgot to warn the web guys”?

That was OS/2 2.0, done by IBM alone after Microsoft’s betrayal. However, it was not a question of reverse-engineering; IBM had (legally) the original Windows 3.1 source code, and the system worked pretty well (considering the inherent difficulty of making code written for a nonpreemptive, unprotected system work on a preemptive, protected one). But then Microsoft started its API-of-the-month strategy, which not only made it impossible for OS/2 to keep up, but pretty much killed all competition in the applications market.

John W. Kennedy
“Compact is becoming contract; man only earns and pays.”
– Charles Williams