The War is about to Start and for those of us without a TV we are part of a grand experiment to see if we can be as well informed. According to this Reuters article
, Radio had World War II, Television had Vietnam, Cable TV had the Gulf War and now, the Internet may have the U.S. war with Iraq...reporters and producers with wireless laptops and handheld digital cameras will file reports from battlefields
and military installations. Cameras are at key locations for live feeds 24 hours a day. Interactive, 3-D maps will update troop movements, casualties and weapons used. ''You're combining the speed of television with the depth of print,'' says Mitch Gelman, executive producer of CNN.com. ''This could define how future wars are covered.'' (more inside)
This just in! Search Engines help find people, too!
Reuters has apparently just figured out that you can google
up old acquaintances. As for myself, I find that google has become less useful than these guys
for people-searches. So, what is the most obscure thing/person you have searched for, and how did you find it?
McDonald's restaurants in three U.S. cities will offer one hour of free high-speed access
to anyone who buys a combination meal. Bookstores, Hotels and Airports are also planning to offer Wireless access to customers.
Read it again. Then click.
, or Not
? (via Corante
Your passport to ecstacy, Luxuria Music
is back after a long hiatus. Fire up those cocktail shakers, get out yr smoking jacket & dust off the fez. It's time to getcher swerve on!
With his own blog in place Tristan makes interesting observations on today's blogs.
He's definitely got a point when it comes to the variety of information on most blogs... sometimes it seems I can visit 20 blogs and see the exact same source articles over and over again. An interesting read from tnl.net, as always.
The Human Nature Daily Review, SciTech Daily Review
, Arts & Letters Daily
, Business Daily Review
. The busier I get the more I value these sites that separate news signal from noise and present the results in a simple and almost standardized fashion. Are there other great newsfilters out there?
Are you happy with what the World Wide Web has turned out so far?
Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web answers that question and others like it.
Evan Williams could not be reached for comment.
"Evan Williams, Pyra's co-founder, blogged his day-to-day life for the last three years right up until it got interesting. Williams pulled his blog offline earlier this week." Leander Kahney at Wired asks Why Did Google Want Blogger?
and thinks it might have something to do with that slippery idea of a semantic Web
Online reputations. Anything to scoff at?
Yeah, yeah. I found it at /.
But what importance do we place on online reputations? This could mean anything (This could include your own personal web reputation all the way up to a corporation's "web-presence"). Just how important in affecting the world at large is the "Online Reputation" versus the viral spread of "small talk"?
Web sites protest by going black.
A little over 100 web sites have bandied together to go black on this international day of protest. Some with interesting art
, some with personal notes
and others with strong words
. Are there other web protests going on that you've heard of? Links?
"There was one streaming radio site that I loved, but it's fallen on hard times."
Back in June 2001, MeFi members discussed their favorite on-line radio broadcasts. Since then, the CARP ruling
meant hard times for a lot
of Internet broadcasts. Out of all the stations listed in the original thread, which ones have survived? Find out inside.
Bush orders guidelines for cyber-war
Is it my old age that makes me wonder what else might be in this secret directive as regards computers and the Net?
"First set of rules for attacking enemy computers studied."
Perhaps you support the president or you are the enemy (recall: you are with us or against us)....
Shawn Fanning - Patron Saint of the Internet?
Fed up with hackers, a flood of spam and lousy connections, a group of Roman Catholics have launched a search to determine the Patron Saint of the Internet. Actually, I vote for Danni Ashe. I can't wait to see what her miracles are like...
Computer user suffers "eThrombosis"
People who spend many hours every day sitting in front of a computer could be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis - the potentially fatal blood clots. Go get a sandwich.
Marek Walczak and Martin Wattenberg
are full of bright ideas: see, for example the telematic table
('a virtual city of memory palaces, an online experiment in do-it-yourself concrete poetry'), bewitched.com
, and the WonderWalker
- a would-be on-line, global wunderkammer
Before the Web, before Google, we scoured Fidonet, absorbing the forbidden fruits of anarchy
and a lot of bad fiction
. For better or worse, TEXTFILES are relics of that age.
Vancouver Police turn to internet for help with Guns N' Roses riot.
"Police have had little luck busting any of the riot ringleaders, so yesterday they unveiled an online picture gallery in the hope that someone will identify people photographed at the scene."
owners of .org domains will have a new registry, the Public Interest Registry. After winning the .org registry away from Verisign, PIR (a creation of the Internet Society (ISOC
)) promises to be more responsive to the non-commercial needs
of Internet users, which is ostensibly what the .org is all about. Info from ISOC on the bid and other related items here
, some grumbling about ISOC's methods by the losing bidders here
. Will .org return to its roots with this change, or business as usual?
After the whole Napster deal, I turned to DALnet for my music needs...but, for the past few weeks, DALnet has been under DDoS attacks
preventing me, and countless other from accessing the servers. I find this interesting because while DDoS attacks on RIAA
make the news and stop after a few days, but I have yet to see DALnet's problems publicized at all. Anyone else at all find this weird that the hated RIAA his limited DDoS attacks, while smaller and more venerated org like DALnet has attacks lasting more than a week?
Mouse miles tracker (like a pedometer for your mouse), bandwidth generator (crank it up), H2O-powered internet (take the concept of streaming
to a whole new level), or live tv delivered over the net via a vintage television set. Just a few of the experiments and projects at Coin-Operated
. via b3ta - they love the web
The Open Directory Project bans TNL.net
Tristan Louis's web site can no longer be used to access the Open Directory. Why? apparently they can't handle the traffic, so they banned links coming from his pages in the early afternoon.
invented the term "six degrees of separation" after discovering in an experiment
how closely interconnected social networks can be. The "six degrees" concept also inspired a play
, a film
, and a party game
. The original study has recently attracted criticism
, but now sociologists at Columbia University
are planning to re-do the study over the Internet, using e-mail forwarding. Volunteers can sign up here
Can't wait for The Sims Online? Try There.com.
An online, avatar based metaverse game, not involving orcs, elves, or, for that matter, much out of the ordinary of our suburban lives. Is this the future of online gaming, or the flavor of the month?
Forget BlogChalking. Go by the globe.
A (slightly) simpler cousin of the GeoTags
search engine (which I could never get useful information from anyway), the GeoURL ICBM Address Server
(by Joshua Schachter
) pegs sites to specific points on the planet via good old-fashioned coordinates and META tags. While the web supposedly has no borders, many sites - like blogs - have a place at their heart, a virtual (if not physical) home. Now you can see if your site has neighbors
. [Via Blogdex
- More Inside]
I couldn't find Kevin Bacon anywhere on this list.
I guess this guy prescribes to the "idle hands are the devil's workshop" world view. This bloke has apparently gone to great pains to list everyone he has ever known on his website. What a massive undertaking, as well as a complete waste of time.
Lee Felsenstein, saving the world with wifi and a bike
. This old school computer hacker built a human powered wireless internet station named as one of the best inventions of 2002
. Now he needs to raise $25,000
to wire five villages of farmers to the web (to obtain weather info, pricing data) and to each other. This is another story that reminds me not all of this technology is for gadget geeks. It really can help improve peoples' lives, as shown by the varied projects coming out of the Tech Museum grant winners
and groups like this
Happy 20th Anniversary, Internet! We ought not to let pass unnoticed the... 20th anniversary of the Internet. The most logical date of origin of the Internet is January 1, 1983, when the ARPANET officially switched from the NCP protocol to TCP/IP.
Where were you two decades ago on this date? And does anyone actually have a "I Survived the TCP/IP Transition" t-shirt?
Also being discussed on /.
Kenya switches off Internet access
Don't let Rumsfeld know about this. Might give him some ideas. If there is a lesson in this it is that putting all your eggs in one basket (GE, Home Depot , energy and phone companies etc) is at best a questionable practise if a government can get a grip on the basket's handle. No fear that it will happen in America? Then notice how the threat of not handing out federal monies gets compliance with what the government wants,ie, education, etc.
The High Court of Australia has decided
that you can defame someone in Australia by posting an article on a website hosted outside Australia, if that article is read by people inside Australia. I suppose this means that anyone posting on the internet is subject to Australian defamation law. (Unless you decide to block requests from Australian browsers.)
Internet Filtering in China,
a report from the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School. There's been "a documentable leap in filtering sophistication
since September 2002".
Are Online Depression Quizzes Depressingly Useless?
Or is there something to them
? There are certainly a lot of them
about, posted by respectable institutions
. And they don't seem far removed or less complete than the set of questions doctors will ask you to help them decide whether you're depressed or not. In other words, if I were to take all four quizzes and divided my results by four or something, would I be any wiser? Is the fact that they're very private an advantage? So many questions! [First link, for which I assume you don't need to have had a baby this month in order to answer, via Bifurcated Rivets.
Is the Internet in danger of collapse from a disaster or terrorist attack?
The Internet was a product of DARPA and designed during the Cold War because it was thought that the centralized phone system networks providing most or all of the National Defense communications networks- used at that time would not survive a nuclear attack disabling our ability to communicate with our troops. At the suggestion of the RAND Corporation and a number of Scientists the design scheme was to make the Internet a system with no central control in order to make it difficult for an enemy to disable our countries ability to communicate during a War. Has the decentralized Internet now become a threat to our very Centralized Goverment that initially created it-and other Goverments? Why would terrorist organizations want to destroy something that they in fact use themselves? Or perhap the researchers are right that the emergence of large centralized hubs brought forth by the increased commercialization of the Net has in fact made the Internet more vulnerable to attack or disaster! Perhaps there are lessons in this story regarding the whole Centralization/ Decentralization dichotomy that Goverments, and Individuals can learn from?
one of the most interesting website interpreters i've ever seen. i'll just quote the site: The Internet BOXPLORER browser offers a rectangular view of the World Wide Web. It abstracts web page layouts to produce what are frequently rather colorful compositions. BOXPLORER purifies the Web, making it safe for children of all ages -- free from controversy and advertising.
Translation - very interesting graphic renditions of any site
In an update to this old thread
, Pamela Ribon is once again writing online. As some may know, Pamela's original site was named Squishy
(a.k.a. Pamie's Panties
), and it was part of the first generation of online journals.
KEEP BIG BROTHER'S HANDS OFF THE INTERNET
Ashcroft as Senator! That was then. This is now. Does it still apply?
What is the Darknet?
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Darknet is. Okay, actually, it's a term that some Microsoft computer scientists came up with to refer to all the different ways that internet users can swap copyrighted materials. In a paper they authored
[DOC] for a workshop
on Digital Rights Management (DRM), these engineers predict that the Darknet will grow ever stronger and more efficient while DRM technologies will make legal right holders less
able to compete with Darknet and are ultimately "doomed to failure."
Stringing broadband connections through the city sewer system
is a dirty smelly job but something has to do it! Check out the companies and the sewer-bots that are doing this dirty work.
At last, someone has created an on-line petition
that in its own way, though user participation has proved its own point. I especially think that because Bill Gates AND Elvis Presley have both signed it, gives the whole exercise immediate merit.
Has an on-line petition ever succeeded at anything?
criteria for optimal web design.
i found this site very useful, if you're into web design and development; although it seems focused to the beginner (because of the Q&A layout), it has very useful information
State Coalition Approves Internet Sales Tax Plan
Ignoring, it seems, both Bush and Clinton, the states, greedy for money in these tight times, have a source of revenue from Net sales. And this will help retail stores on pricing (they must pay taxes), but how will it impact on the Net--or will Net sales manage to skirt a tax somehow? Are you for or against taxing net sales?
Doodle of the Day
- Every weekday a brand new doodle. If you think you have what it takes, you can submit one of your own. Ahh, I love the internet.
"Our goal is to become bigger than Yahoo"
"...We don't serve banners or pop-ups...We will not rent, sell or trade your personal information...
Out of the gate, we make money through Google's advertisements - Google sells the ads, Dell pays Google and Google pays us....Does it work? Yes. In fact, we will be profitable in our first month of operation." Could this be a Google back-door attempt to begin to move into Yahoo territory, or are they just starry-eyed dreamers? Their mission
, and some answers
from the founder, apparently the same people behind iWon.com. PS Site really does look like a Yahoo carbon copy. There must be some copyright issues.
Find yourself using IM shortcuts in your everyday writing?
According to the article, many teachers are seeing IM shortcuts such as u, r, 2, @, etc. turning up in students' papers. Some think the IM influence contributes to literacy and others worry about the death of handwriting as well as normal written English. Wonder how many students have ended papers with the odious kthxbye