Cyber Monday

You've heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers  hit the stores. But what about Cyber Monday? That's the day online holiday shopping spikes, as weary consumers head back to work and use their broadband connections at their jobs to do some serious shopping.

It began last year as a marketing blitz, but this year on-line retailers are offering deals just on Monday.

While would-be online shoppers will be keeping an eye out for bargains this Cyber Monday, a lot of people will also be keeping an eye on how the Internet itself holds up on what is traditionally one of the biggest days for online shopping.

Many sites are offering special online deals for those who chose to use the first official workday after Thanksgiving to log on to their computers at work and shop for gifts. But the problems that plagued many of those who tried to shop at home on Friday is likely to cause concern that the various sites and servers may not be up to the demand of a busy shopping day.

For example, high traffic disrupted Wal-Mart's Web site for much of Friday and Disney's Web site had problems handling increased demand. Amazon-dot-com also suffered brief outages on Thursday, because it was running a Thanksgiving Day sale on the Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console.

It will also be interesting to see how many people actually log on to shop at work this year -- as more and more people have access to high-speed Internet access at home or in other locations.