MICROSOFT JOKE OF THE WEEK

Regulars at the Slashdot site have been chuckling over the "Microsoft Monopoly" parody , starring Bill Gates in place of the original game's Uncle Pennybags. The game's first square looks like Windows' Start menu button; when clicked, it turns into the "blue screen of death" that appears when Windows crashes. Insider jokes abound, such as this Chance card's message: "AOL has blocked your 'embrace and extend' strategy for Instant Messaging. Return to start."

-- Mike Musgrove

Top Web retailers among U.S. home Web users (for October 1999):

1. Amazon.com

2. Buy.com

3. Ticketmaster.com

4. Barnesandnoble.com

5. MotherNature.com

6. Drugstore.com

7. SmarterKids.com

8. PlanetRx.com

9. EToys.com

10. Gap.com

Source: PC Data

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