Editors' pick

Courtney Love's math, Napster clones, do-it-yourself giant brains and more: Our pick of the best Salon Technology & Business stories of the year.

By Salon Staff

Published December 22, 2000 7:30PM (EST)

The inner Doughboy
How an army of admen battle to define and protect the true nature of the Jolly Green Giant, the Pillsbury Doughboy and other advertising spokescharacters.
By Ruth Shalit

Poison PCs
Lead, mercury, chromium -- that's what computers are made of. So why aren't electronics makers keeping them out of landfills?
By Jim Fisher

A hacker crackdown?
As the long arm of the law reaches Napster and its lookalikes, programmers could be held responsible for what others do with their code.
By Damien Cave

Courtney Love does the math
The controversial singer takes on record label profits, Napster and "sucka VCs."
By Courtney Love

Do it yourself giant brains
From punch cards to Linux, hackers love to tinker and share. Even Bill Gates can't stop them. From Andrew Leonard's Free Software Project.
By Andrew Leonard

Put that chip where the sun don't shine
Soon you can have a tracking microprocessor implanted in your body. Is this a great technological breakthrough -- or Big Brother's last laugh?
By Katharine Mieszkowski

The Gnutella paradox
As soon as an online music-trading service gets big enough to be useful, it's doomed.
By Janelle Brown

Why won't Silicon Valley checkits horoscope?
Joan Quigley, Reagan's astrologer, helped end the Cold War but can't raise venture capital for her dot-com.
By Katharine Mieszkowski

Voyeurism! Consumerism! Hype!
DotComGuy is a human incarnation of the worst the Net has to offer.
By Janelle Brown

Dot-com party madness
Forget about return on investment. Bay Area tech companies spend $1 million a month on food, drink and music in exchange for "buzz."
By Damien Cave

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