The scene is a Manhattan skyscraper. a computer guy named Rob Glaser is standing at a PC. A projector beams a jumbo image of his screen across an auditorium. As reporters gather to watch, the demo begins. Glaser clicks on an icon and, through a miracle of high-speed compression and decompression, a Counting Crows music video streams from a computer in Seattle onto the screen in New York. It's live video, transmitted over the Internet, and even people using plain old phone lines and standard modems can have it. I thought of those first frames of Neil Armstrong's walk on the...

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