Web Observations and Ramblings

Bad To The Zone We're happy to announce that we have launched the brand new Workholding and Work Handling Zone. Like our other Emphasis Zones on MMS Online, the WH/WH Zone presents suppliers, articles, studies, products and forums specifically related to the applications and advances in WH/WH.

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Bad To The Zone

We're happy to announce that we have launched the brand new Workholding and Work Handling Zone. Like our other Emphasis Zones on MMS Online, the WH/WH Zone presents suppliers, articles, studies, products and forums specifically related to the applications and advances in WH/WH. This and all MMS Zones are meant to act as specialized tools on your cyber-workbench—you won't need them everyday, but when you do they're handy to have around. Pay a visit, and let us know how the new zone works for you.

Cookie Bomb a Dud

Some time ago, there were suggestions that "cookies"—files on your computer's hard drive that automatically log info about your visits to Web sites—were evidence of great conspiratorial evil on the Web. As it turns out, cookies are more convenience than culprit. They can help manage online accounts or provide information specifically for you without your providing any personal identification. And many of the latest database-driven mechanisms (like the ones that will allow you to provide client-specific, shop control data via protected Web accounts) rely on cookies to improve service to your customers. So, if not cookies, what's the latest "Boogie Man?" Maybe it's Intel. Maybe it's someone or something else. Bottom line is: do what makes you comfortable on the Web, and avoid what doesn't.

Newsgroup Update

In some of my recent columns, I've referred to newsgroups—those areas on the Internet that function as forums for a variety of topics and communities—and how best to access them. The most effective way to access newsgroups is to contact your Internet Service Provider for access. But, there is another option that I failed to mention. If you visit www.dejanews.com, you can access, browse, and even participate in just about all of the newsgroups. You will need to establish an account with DejaNews to participate in the groups, but it might be more convenient for some of you to check them out this way first.

I Just Can't Help Myself.

This is not to promote one cutting tool manufacturer over another, but if you want to see a great example of what can be done using the Web as a mighty metalworking info complement on steroids, you have to pay a cyber-visit to, Milacron's new Web site. This is a fine example for shops and manufacturers alike. Note: try the Wizards while you're there. MMS


Job Shop Site Of The Month

The last JSSOTM of 2002 is Apex Precision, Inc., a multiple process precision manufacturer located in Quebec, Canada. Apex has developed a multi-functional Web site (www.apexprecision.ca) with a focus on connectivity with its prospective customers. First, Apex presents strong support of its manufacturing competence in EDM, turning and milling; following the Capabilities links leads not just to pictures of what Apex makes, but also to the materials, tolerances and other specs of those products. And the Request A Quote and Free Drawing Review Forms allow for more contextual prospect contact with Apex.

To have your site considered for Job Shop Site Of The Month, send your URL to otw@mmsonline.com.

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