ATLANTA--Here's more proof the Internet isn't for nerds anymore. You can use the worldwide computer network to check out the latest in fall fashions in what MCI is calling its ``virtual aisle of style.''
MCI, which has established its own Internet service, says the new feature on the World Wide Web will offer a TV-style presentation of fashions, glamour tips and profiles of the hottest designers.
The Web is the trendiest part of the Internet and is well- suited for the style section since it allows the transmission of photographs, videos, sounds and text.
The high fashion site is called fashion. The new site can be reached at www.internetMCI.com. And while it is not designed for shopping, MCI has that covered too at a Web site called marketplaceMCI. That's an on-line shopping service where folks can convert the fashion dreams into purchases.
Nine Georgia-based organizations have been nominated for the 1995 Computerworld Smithsonian awards, including Atlanta- based ``CNN/Talkback Live,'' a cable TV show that lets the audience communicate using computers, telephones and fax machines. ``CNN/Talkback Live'' was nominated in the Media, Arts and Entertainment category.
Other nominees include: Medicine - Atlanta-based TransQuick, for its VoiceQuick product, which uses a computer to transcribe spoken notes made by doctors during patient visits.
Kaiser Permanente-Atlanta, for its use of a computer network to schedule appointments of 175,000 subscribers who seek treatment at the organization's 12 outpatient facilities.
Government and nonprofit - The Atlanta Project, for using 150 personal computers to link low-income neighborhoods to share information and build unity.
The state of Georgia's Department of Children and Youth Services, for its Youth Development Center Project, which provides electronic delivery of educational material to young people in jail.
Business and related services - Delta Air Lines, for the way it uses computer systems to analyze revenue and profitability patterns.
Norcross-based Scientific- Atlanta for its digital compression technology that reduces the size of the information necessary to transmit images by 20 to 1.
Environment, energy and agriculture - The Atlanta-based Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registery, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for making 300,000 pages of information available on line on how to respond to health threats from hazardous substances.
Manufacturing - Griffin-based William Carter Co. for the use of computer networks to remotely update and maintain software.
Finalists will be announced at the end of the month and honored at the seventh annual awards dinner in Washington on June 5. Five finalists and one winner will be selected from each category. Microsoft Corp. now says it's considering another limited round of beta testing -where selected users try a product before it is released - to see whether it has eliminated the latest bugs in its Windows 95 operating system. Windows 95 is still scheduled for commercial release in August. It is the planned replacement for the current Window 3.1. Microsoft already has put what it called the ``final beta'' in hands of testers.
But new reports of problems with the way it handles computer memory - causing some programs to freeze - caused Microsoft to rethink the testing schedule.
The testing will start almost immediately. Microsoft maintains that the bugs are minor ones that can be easily fixed without causing what it calls ``showstopper'' problems that could delay the August release. Meanwhile, MacWeek magazine - in its April 3 issue - proposed a new advertising campaign for Apple that would take advantage of the fact many of the features of Windows 95 are already available on Macintosh computers. One of the features being touted by Microsoft is ``Plug and Play.'' That allows the computer to recognize new devices - such as printers, modems and sound cards - and automatically make any changes to the software necessary to make them work.
The new campaign proposed by the magazine: ``Windows 95 will have plug and play. Been there. Done that. Macintosh.'' END!M$3?AT-INTERNET