Is the information highway moving too fast? If you don’t remember what the information was or why it was important to you, the answer is yes.

Today, everybody knows everything about everything, except what’s really going on. We are constantly bombarded with news briefs and factoids, the who, what, where and when and why’s of this world, but without any context or relativity within the larger picture.

The Police said it best "Too much information, running through my brain/ too much information, driving me insane." And that was written in the days before everyone and their dog was connected to the Internet.

Trends, events, businesses and people are here today, gone tomorrow in a digital blur. And it’s too bad our memories are not as expansive or accessible as our hard drives.

The problem is that the real world, steeped in its bureaucracies, can’t keep up with our appetite for new news, and as a result the issue gets old before the story is complete.

For that reason I thought I’d revisit a few important Internet-related news stories that went from the front page to the back page, and that are far from over.

Microsoft teaches America the meaning of "Antitrust"

Remember the whole Microsoft antitrust case? The judge who ordered Microsoft be split into two different companies, one for the Windows operating system, and one for Office software?

Remember Microsoft’s vow to appeal the decision to the highest power, threatening to move its head office to Canada if the outcome didn’t go their way?

This issue is still going strong. Microsoft is still one company, and still producing compatible software and the software platforms to run it on. On Feb. 2, Microsoft submitted a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals outlining the basis for the appeal, and a schedule for oral arguments.

Microsoft’s lawyers will be back in court at the end of February to present those arguments, essentially claiming that the outcome of the original trial was tainted by improper procedure and a biased judge.

Unless you have some Microsoft stock, you’re probably wondering why you should care. Here it is – if you own a computer, use a computer at work, home or school, the decision is going to affect you. If you’ve never used a computer in your life, it’s still going to affect you – the precedent could be far-reaching enough to affect the way every industry conducts business as usual.

Right now some 90 per cent of the world’s PCs use Microsoft Windows, Office or both. I don’t know if you’ve priced these programs lately, but they are generally quite expensive to own and upgrade, but you were probably spared that expense because they were included in the price of your computer.

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