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31 December 1998
Aw, man: Kitchen Sink Press is closing its doors [as reported in Comics Buyer's Guide #1312]. Founded in 1969 by Denis Kitchen, they had a reputation for publishing really high-quality comics - many by Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman and Robert Crumb, Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and much much more. They also had a high-quality series of books reprinting classic newspaper strips such as Flash Gordon and Li'l Abner. Admittedly, there wasn't much of their output that I myself bought (though I did recently pick up the collected hardcover of Dave McKean's graphic novel Cages - recommended!). But they were still a good publisher of great material, and I'm sorry to see them go.
A really, really geeky User Friendly:
Platform Partisan here, reporting from the year-end summary desk. From the platform market-share leader, 1998 saw the introduction of Windows 4.3 (oops, I mean 98) and ... not much else. Conspicuously absent from store shelves is Windows NT 5.0 (oops, I mean Windows 2000), a product so late it won Wired's Vaporware of the Year award by a landslide:
From the other side of the aisle, 1998 saw a new line of PowerBooks, the iMac, two OS releases and four consecutive quarters of profitability:
And let's not forget Linux, the new major player in the OS market. Linux intrigues me but I have yet to really explore it. I expect to try it on my (by then) old PowerMac 7500 sometime in the summer or so.
That's it for today. I'm taking the next few days off from posting updates. Of course, a number of things came up in the past few days to keep me from continuing to work on the site design...oh well. Have a good New Year's, and see you next week/year!
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