I just finished e-filing my taxes and I want to tell you about it!
It has been, without qualification, the worst
Internet experience I've ever had. The Quicken/Intuit software was confusing, my ISP and/or the Quicken server timed out and I had to re-log on about 20 times and the software requires far more intrusive answers (like email address & phone number) than any paper forms I've ever used. Anyone have a good experience e-filing or one more like mine?
posted by Lynsey
on Apr 15, 2002 -
This orthopaedic surgery site
seems more like a design exercise than an actual attempt at an informative site. Imagine that someone told you to make the site using poor technology choices, couple it with non-professional content not conducive to trusting the doctors, and add a map to the office that does more to enable chuckles than get people to into the business. It's so bad, it's good, and most definitely do not
skip intro on this one.
posted by mathowie
on Apr 13, 2002 -
The ThreeRing Web Mapping project
adds a dot to a blank canvas showing your geographic location (or that of your ISP, as best it can guess based on your IP address). They've also got a code snippet to put on your own site that automagically adds your visitors to the map. The US is already clearly defined, Europe is getting there, and Oceania is coming into view. (They've also got one of them Tag-Board thingies
, which is painful to read for any length of time.)
posted by gleuschk
on Apr 5, 2002 -
WebLogs bring less traffic than major media sites.
There isn't any surprize there, but what kind
of traffic does each bring?
...those Google/Scientology articles I wrote didn't get nearly as many links from blogs... but they were of much broader interest to readers than the blog articles, so when a few major media sites linked to them, they got a ton of traffic.
Major media sites have to appeal to a common denominator, while smaller sites (MeFi) can focus on quality and thought provoking content. Is there any wonder there's less people interested in the specifics?
posted by KnitWit
on Apr 5, 2002 -
PK Interactive receives funding from idealab
According to the article on Yahoo News, "New York's PK Interactive, best known as the owner and publisher of popular "dot-com deadpool" site, F---edcompany.com, has received $18 million in private funding from idealab and its existing investors, Chase Capital Partners, Flatiron Partners and TechFund Capital."
Sort of a strange turn of events, no?
posted by ph00dz
on Apr 1, 2002 -
"Drugs and the Internet: An Overview of the Threat to America’s Youth"
It should probably come as no surprise that the government is interested in finding out what kind of drug-related information exists on the internet. What might
surprise you is the Department of Justice’s self-described methodology and intent in pursuing that objective, with little apparent concern for such trivialities as oh, say, the First Amendment. For example, take a look at what the DOJ thinks constitutes "offending websites
." Or how about this "threat": "Drug-culture advocates are chiefly interested in expanding the size of the community to both legitimize their activity and increase pressure on lawmakers to change or abolish drug control laws."
(pressure on lawmakers to change or abolish laws? How un-American!) Needless to say, official statements like this scare some people
, including rave fans, who appear to be a particular focus of the government’s efforts
. (via overlawyered.com
posted by pardonyou?
on Mar 26, 2002 -
The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act
is being spearheaded by Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina. He wants to prohibit the sale of any device that can play, copy or electronically transmit one or more categories of media unless special protection technologies are incorporated. Anyone intentionally violating the CBDTPA would be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including prison terms. Welcome to the 21st century.
posted by Hackworth
on Mar 22, 2002 -
this also recently happened to our friends at k10k.com along with numerous other legitimate domains in the recent past... an outrage. the blood trail does not lead very far:
heres what stinks my friends....
go to: www.k10k.com .... then click on merchant accounts... and take a look at who the number 2 listing is.... oh, i bet verisign comes up a few other places as well .... thoughts? - i suggest a boycott of netsol and versign until appropriate action is taken or at least their support for this organization ceases.
posted by specialk420
on Mar 22, 2002 -
"In the end, we will need to give up any lingering fantasies of a color-blind Web and focus on building a space where we recognize, discuss and celebrate racial and cultural diversity. To achieve that goal, all of us -- white folks and people of color -- will have to shed the defensiveness that surrounds the topic of race." So says Henry Jenkins in a Technology Review article on Cyberspace and Race
. On the Internet, nobody knows you're oppressed?
posted by sudama
on Mar 22, 2002 -
internet access (care of EarthLink), your own StarTrek.net email address with anti-spam service, and exclusive Star Trek content, as well as a few other "goodies", all for 21.95 USD a month. Destined to be huge, or will this fizzle and eventually disappear?
posted by mikhail
on Mar 20, 2002 -
If you were a reader of Who's Who in Baseball
or The Sporting News
back in the late '70's and early '80's you probably recall seeing ads for the amazingly intricate APBA Sports
games, arguably the forerunner of Fantasy Baseball and the like.I was always fascinated by themyet I never ordered a set. I imagined that in the age of the GameCube, they had gone the way of many outdated amusements. I couldn't have been more wrong, apparently.Judging by the number of fan sites
and league sites
,(not to mention APBA shareware
)the hobby seems to be alive and well. Makes me wanna go buy a set and start a league.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 18, 2002 -
Globe of Blogs
lists weblogs by location (Portugal
, anyone?), title, authors's name, sex, age or birthday (why?). Problem is, the list is scanty at best. Sign yourself up.
posted by rodii
on Mar 17, 2002 -
Save internet radio
The [American] Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") is proposing to lawmakers that internet radio stations aught to pay royalties retroactive to 1998; royalties of .14¢ per song per listener for Internet-only webcasters, .07¢ per song per listener for broadcast radio simulcasts, and .02¢ per song per listener for non-commercial radio simulcasts.
Most stations are operating on zero financing. Do the math; .02¢ x 12 songs per hour and 100 listeners..
Don't let this spell the end of internet radio. Please, go to the site and click
posted by giantkicks
on Mar 16, 2002 -
is just plain cool. I mean... now I can see if a text string appears anywhere
in a domain, and the results are clickable (note to the folks who do those awful WHOIS searches: I don't care who registered it, I care whether it's up-and-running!). Anyway, the link is via Rion.nu
who, BTW, has some wonderful photographs of the Tribute of Light
And the link to the photographs came via David Gallagher... another fine photographer, not to be confused with that ijit from Oasis.
posted by silusGROK
on Mar 14, 2002 -
Not a hoax!?
'We are in Mrs. Lentz's Computer Class at Clara Bolen
Elementary in Tawa City, MI. We are doing an experiment for the art and science fair to be held in April at our school. We are trying to see where our email can travel in the space of one month.'
posted by asok
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Hackers target Cell Phones
With the connectivity of cell phones to the internet, hackers have begun to target cell phones, programming prank calls, placing calls to wherever and erasing the software in the phone.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Mar 11, 2002 -
Who Lost China's Internet?
Here's a problem for your American company. You want access to the lucrative and growing Chinese information technology market but the Chinese government is demanding some questionable things from you. If you're Cisco you bend over backwards to make your routers filter subversive content. If you're Network Solutions you donate 300 viruses to study. If you're Yahoo! then you censor chat rooms, filter searches, and underreport your traffic. But if you're Microsoft you refuse to cough up your source code and call their bluff. Strangely, that puts Microsoft, The Voice of America, and the Cult of the Dead Cow on the same side. (via Peek-a-Booty
posted by euphorb
on Mar 3, 2002 -
The worst Internet ad ever.
Hopefully I won't be the only one to see it; it's not clear how long it will be there. They actually obliterate your ability to see the content for a few seconds. Makes me want to strangle Next Day Blinds. Anyone else have examples of horrible (or good) new Internet ads?
posted by IPLawyer
on Mar 1, 2002 -
Hello my future girlfriend.
I can only listen to this once all the way through before I get embarrased. This may be a little bit light for a front-page post, but hey, it's Friday.
posted by dr_emory
on Mar 1, 2002 -
How to hack grey matter
A big security loophole with grey matter powered sites is out there. It lets anyone have the username and password to these sites. Luckly there is a fix for it which can be found here
posted by thebwit
on Feb 23, 2002 -
"The concept of anarchism has always appealed to me"
says a senior ranking London Police Commissioner on Urban 75
(posting as 'Brian the Commander'). "Say nothing on the web you wouldn't say on the office notice board" runs the popular wisdom, and Scotland Yard is set to call him to heel
But which serves us best - Dixon of Dock Green, slavishly following Police Federation convention, or Descartes of Dock Green, letting it all hang out?
posted by RichLyon
on Feb 22, 2002 -
Can the opening of a countires 'cyber-borders' contribute to the liberalisation (small 'l') of the society?
Iran has a rapidly increasing
population, as well as a rapidly increasing online percentage, they have sports sites
(they seem to like soccer), portals
and the 'IranMania'
Can un-censored access to the internet help build tolerance
posted by asok
on Feb 22, 2002 -
"...The Copyright Office followed almost to the letter the RIAA's wish list."
The final nail may be about to be driven into the coffin of online music streaming in the US, as the Copyright Office issued its notice of proposed rulemaking on the issue. The proposed rules are extremely favorable to the RIAA, to the point where many streamers are saying they'll simply have to shut down. Even worse, any ruling will be retroactive to 1998, and streamers will have to pay the announced rate on everything they've streamed since that year.
posted by aaron
on Feb 20, 2002 -
Corporate censorship in China
(via slashdot). I guess censorship and collusion in the repression of people is okay if you're making profits for your shareholders. An eye-opening look into the way that corporations are helping to facilitate censorship on the Internet in China. AOL and Yahoo's attitudes to what I thought were universal human rights is nothing short of sickening.
posted by pixelgeek
on Feb 18, 2002 -
Is Comcast modifying your packets?
With the transition from @home to Comcast it seems that Comcast is considering the possibility of intercepting your port 80 web traffic and inserting ads or selling your browsing history to marketers. According to Federal law isn't monitoring and altering your traffic illegal or does that not apply to large corporations? With a possible AT&T/Comcast merger this is a little scary.
posted by suprfli
on Feb 11, 2002 -
Click and pay?
Imagine if one company held the right to collect a fee each time an Internet user clicked on a Web site link...
posted by Spoon
on Feb 11, 2002 -
The guy who wrote Your CSS Bores Me
(previously linked and discussed here
) has decided to accept his own challenge. For the month of February, he will be applying a different stylesheet to the index page of his site, with no manipulation of the HTML document itself. This is one to watch, if you're also a code geek.
posted by Su
on Feb 5, 2002 -
Attack of the Luddites?
A group from my high school visited Mendocino High School in the early 1990's to see how they were implementing internet access, as we were getting ready to do the same. We were, frankly, jealous of their "fat pipe," their all-wired classrooms and their much-vaunted community support. Things are apparently much different now. "Wireless Free Mendocino has been instrumental in defeating attempts to bring cell phone and a high-speed Internet service to the town's 1,000-odd residents. Now the group is trying to force the high school radio station to remove its antenna from the school roof -- a move that could sound the death knell for the struggling student outfit."
posted by Lynsey
on Jan 23, 2002 -
AOL's Netscape sues Microsoft
for damage done to its Netscape Internet browser by violations of antitrust law found in a separate government case against the software giant. "I don't see this case as primarily about money. I see it as primarily about injunctive relief,'' said Steve Salop, a Georgetown University law professor.
posted by hitsman
on Jan 22, 2002 -
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
posted by RobertLoch
on Dec 19, 2001 -