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Computer Bowl Is a Trivial Pursuit for World Supremacy

April 20, 1998

The 10th annual Computer Bowl "for trivia supremacy of the high-tech world" is taking place Friday in Boston. The bowl pits a West Coast team (which includes members from Starwave, Netscape and Intuit) against one from the East whose members hail from the likes of Ziff Bros. and Lotus Development.

Proceeds from the Computer Bowl, auction and other events of the night benefit the Computer Museum in Boston, the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley and the Computer Museum Network Web site. For more information, check out the Web site at http://www.computerbowl.org. The site also has information about the Computer Bowl live audio Webcast if you want to listen in to this meeting of the high-tech minds.

* Comdex Redux: Comdex Spring is back. The conference and exposition in Chicago this week will offer attendees a sneak peek at Windows 98.

The event will feature products and solutions on such topics as the "Distributed Desktop," which will explore the next generation of PCs; intranets; e-commerce; Web interactivity; and digital technologies, such as set-top boxes, cable modems, DVD drives and virtual reality.

For more information, go to the Comdex Web site (http://www.comdex.com), which will also have daily updates from the show, including articles, columns, top stories and overviews of new products.

Cyberspace * Green for a Day: Environmentalists have lots to celebrate this week, with Earth Day on Wednesday and National Arbor Day on Friday.

There seems to be some discrepancy about when Earth Day really is and who founded it. At http://www.earthsite.org/, they say it's March 21 and that John McConnell started it. The site has information about the controversy and other Earth Day topics. The Wilderness Society celebrates on Wednesday. Its site (http://earthday.wilderness.org/) has a history of this Earth Day, resources for teachers and activities for kids. You can even send an Earth Day postcard to friends.

Speaking of kids, the Environmental Protection Agency's site has a Happy Earth Day coloring book that kids can download, print and color, at http://www.epa.gov/docs/region5/happy.htm

The National Arbor Day Foundation site (http://www.arborday.org/) has a history of Arbor Day and info on tree planting and care.

* Keeping the Memory Alive: National Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, is Thursday. If you can't get to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, you can visit it online. It's on the museum part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's site (http://www.wiesenthal.com/). It has educational resources, library info, biographies of Holocaust children, an online tour of the museum and a section on teaching tolerance. The site for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is observing the Days of Remembrance through Sunday. At the site (http://www.ushmm.org/index.html), you can learn about the Holocaust, check out online exhibitions and search the museum catalogs. The Cybrary of the Holocaust (http://remember.org/) has more resources than we can go into here: articles, pictures, links, a student section and the Holocaust Quilt.

* Secretaries' Revenge: Secretaries Day is in two days, so you can't say you didn't know. But come Thursday, if your secretary is acting a little strange, check out http://www.graceland.edu/~jrmj/humor/secretaries_day.html, which has the top 15 signs that you forgot anyway.

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