unhappy with web users who are unnecessarily drawn to your site in the pursuit of non-existent content? does it bog down your bandwidth? solution? write a metadata tag that specifically excludes certain terms from search engine hits by the simply defining them as non-words.
Excite Internet service given go-ahead to unplug
A federal judge ruled on Friday that bankrupt ExciteAtHome Corp. may unplug its high-speed Internet service, a move which threatens to strand some 4.1 million Internet customers around the country.
Excite turns out the lights.
For the last four years Excite's portal page
has been my daily stop for news, stocks, showtimes, weather, etc. But they've been turning off services for weeks, and now the whole portal seems to be dead. Are free news portals soon to be quaint memory? [more inside]
Congress is legislating free speech on the internet
again. Passed shortly after the Communications Decency Act was thrown out
by the Supreme Court, the Child Online Protection Act
isn't as broad as the CDA but does it still go too far in an effort to protect children? Shouldn't parents be responsible for their own children?
PrintCafe sues idiot.
Literally. They are suing several individuals who posted anonymous comments on F---edCompany's message boards. So far, all they have are the aliases the comments were posted under, namely "Ex-DLJ", "sucky-me", and "idiot!". Apparently that's all they're going to get, since Pud says here
, "FC servers contain no logs
". Also of note is item number 4 on this page
of the letter Pud received.
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed
Somalia's entire internet access
and international phone service shut down by the United States.
An email sent between two cities in China probably would travel through the United States -- putting its contents under American jurisdiction.
The recently approved anti-terrorism law is a "massive expansion of U.S. sovereignty" that could be used to prosecute foreign hackers. And once that precedent is established, much of global Internet communications could come under American authority.
Dark Address Space
leaves some 100 million hosts completely unreachable from portions of the Internet.
Dancetrippin.tv - Episode #16 -Berlin Love Parade
Dumping Broadband Part II - Are we getting any closer to enjoying oursleves watching the PC ? The big guys keep trying: Lycos TV
; Yahoo's Broadcast
and (now) Launch
; Real One Player
; Quicktime TV
; MSN Media Explorer
. The little guys keep hoping : flyonthewall.tv
. But can we ever be truly satisfied? Any other good ones out there?
As usual, when it's the U.S. turn, they play by different rules
How come Russian and Scandinavian hackers can be charged under U.S. law for activities done in their home countries, yet when an American company gets a very reasonable request (IP tracking that it is done for web banners anyway) from a judge overseas, the U.S. grabs the free speech / local law argument.
Want to Link to Auto-Zone?
Well make sure you read, fill out, and sign this form, then fax it back to Auto-Zone's legal team. A search on Google
reveals that many companies have "Linking Agreements." Mostly large companies looking to protect themselves, presumably in part from being linked from 'the wrong sites'... is this a right that a website owner has, or should have?
? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?
aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia
, New Jersey
and New York City
. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?
Design for a Web Filtering Service. Phil Agre
, an associate professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the editor of the rather popular mailing list called The Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE)
. In his latest email to the group, Phil picks up the issue of community web filtering and announces that he started a yahoo! group
on the topic. The prime goal of the group will be the design of software to power what he calls a webfilter, "a cross between a discussion
list, a weblog, and a bookmark file".
Intel Likes the Napster Way (Wired Article).
So, we've had Napster
, and its counterparts
, and we've had all sorts of cheerleading
for P2P. P2P has taken off in a big way in the way of IMing, and in a smaller way via projects like SETI@home
Now there's a major corp using it for internal practices in a big way. Are any of you seeing any interesting uses of P2P where you work?
The Idea Line
is a Java-based timeline of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. Note - requires some patience as it streams in slow even over my company T-1.
FBI Seeking to Wiretap Internet
"FBI has plans to change the architecture of the Internet and route traffic through central servers that it would be able to monitor e-mail more easily." (via InstaPundit)
Your eyes never stop moving.
Even though we are rarely aware of them, our eye movements are incredibly complex
. They are also very informative. Eye movement data is being used to study painters painting
, art lovers loving art
, drivers driving
, musicians sight reading
, and speakers speaking
, not to mention the cognitive science staples of reading
and scene viewing
. One interesting application of eye movement data is the Eyetrack2000 project
, which attempts to describe the eye movement behavior of people viewing news websites in order to improve web page design. Some of the findings
suggest that the internet and print media are different in important ways: on the web, text is fixated before pictures; in print, pictures are fixated first.
Slashdot introduces paid subscriptions.
- "I hope you can understand the expensive reality associated with making this site happen every day"
We've talked about paid memberships for Metafilter before, and I'd happily pay, but if all of the sites I go to everyday start doing this I'll have to make some hard choices.
Is there any talk about some sort of membership "package"? Sort of like the cable model? I pay one fee and get member access to several websites? How could something like this be organized?
Trapped Briton sends Internet SOS.
Trapped in his garden shed while surfing, he sent a request to a chat room for someone to call the Lancashire police. An American did.
Ya gotta love interesting
Fight the browser with .movTV
Luckyluncher.com Launches With $42 in Angelo Financing
Found this on Business Wire:
"A new web site to help Silicon Valley stock option refugees enjoy the extravagant lunches of yesteryear started today with $42 in Angelo financing.
That's Angelo financing, not Angel financing. 'My friend Angelo loaned me the 42 bucks to register the domain name' explains co-founder Gary Cook."
Make A Shorter Link:
Very handy for those long, wieldy URLs...
What does Dick Armey, the Green Party
, the Traditional Values Coalition
and the American Kurdish Information Network
have in common? They all are blocked
by internet filters mandated by congress in schools and libraries.
That's ok, I didn't want to go to the Focus on the Family Pure Intimacy
U.S. Patent 6,304,886,
from the fine folks at IBM. "The tool comprises a plurality of pre-stored templates, comprising HTML formatting code, text, fields and formulas." (Via Scripting News
has declared the Internet un-Islamic, but elsewhere in the Muslim world, going online is one way to avoid the censors.
Stupid things I have done,
a list by Heather and her readers.
Has anyone set up an online home - museum? - where 'Internet Icons' can be stored safely for future generations? If not shouldn't they? I nominate this coffee pot
, this sadly missed phonebox
and maybe even this guy.
Are there any others which you think would qualify?
Movie critic Roger Ebert says that if your interest is in using the Internet, not getting rich from it, then stock prices are insignificant.
"The Internet Bubble has been compared to the Tulip Craze, when 17th-century investors bid the price of Dutch bulbs to insane heights. Both bubbles burst. The collapse of the Internet economy was inevitable, and clears the way for sane and reasonable rebuilding. Good news: There are more tulips in the world than ever before."
describes a technology which permits someone to remotely control a dildo over the internet. Reach out and touch someone!
(I bet they're working on that next.)
Zero-Knowledge's Freedom Network to shut down.
The network provided Internet and email anonymity. I always found it very slow and cumbersome, and stopped using it in favour of SafeWeb
many months ago.
made a subtle change to its site today to raise awareness
about a cancer that will be diagnosed in 192,000 women in the U.S. this year.
The W3C's RAND Patent Policy
commenting deadline has been extended. At first glance, the new policies seem to encourage software patents, but after reading the whole thing and the W3C's response to current comments, it looks, to my admittedly naive eyes, as though the W3C is trying to make it so that companies using proprietary software are going to have
to make it available to other people for licensing. Why is this new structure potentially a bad thing?
You know Jakob Nielsen's old saying "users don't scroll?"
Maybe it's because you'd be violating his patent
if you did. You got mail? Nope, that's also Jakob's patent
. When was the last time this site updated? Again, don't ask or you could owe Jakob
. Did I misspell anything in this post? Don't hit the spellcheck button, or it's violation time
again. And that's just the tip of the scary patent iceberg
. Is it a good idea for Jakob to have all these patents on basic internet application functions?
Subscription-based web tools: another nail in the coffin of free web services?
Yahoo is apparently testing the waters for a subscription-based web Office app. I use their (free) email
tools on occasion. Nice to have, but you have to wonder how long they can remain free. Don't know if I would pay for them, depends on what service level guarantees they would offer in return. How would people would react if they suddenly started charging for these things? Is it still too unrealistic to wonder how long till our operating system needs a local drive only to boot up?
Make World event
in October, Germany - about borderless digital culture, no doubt curated long before The Current Situation, but I'm sure will be rendered far more relevant as a result.
Remember the scary-sounding Hailstorm
that was set to prove how evil
Microsoft's system is? Well worry no longer, because it's now called .NET My Services
. How could something with such a cute, gentle name like that be bad for users?
Silicon Valley backs Senate bill
that would allow companies to report computer network attacks to the government without having to worry about the public finding out. The reasoning: it would encourage
more companies to report the problems and help the
government track down the culprits. A similar bill
is in the House.
URI terminology demystified
Quasi-Socratic Q&A on what the hell URI
s are. “Q
: What a mess! Are you serious? For a technology so architecturally core to RDF and the Web, that’s quite a kludge-tower! A
: What can I say? That's the state of the art as I understand it”
current (September 28, 2001) edition begins its story on the Internet in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States with a paragraph stating that:
By 9:15 Tuesday morning, a link to a live webcam atop the Empire State Building with a clear view of lower Manhattan was posted on Dave Winer's Scripting News Weblog (scripting.com). And dozens of other daily log writers, including the all-encompasing Metafilter.com, compiled the highlights from U.S. and foreign news sources.
The article goes on to mention many other links to relevant online sites including kottke.org, thefineline.org/tflblog, and camworld.com.
Apologies if this is a repost. I couldn't find it in recent days listings or search results.
Uhm, Is Everything All Right?
"Everything is under control. Situation normal. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?" That can't be right, can it?
for providing the background noise for your web surfing. Radio Paradise
offers up peacenik rock and international music. Support American cornfed Middle Eastern music by listening to Salaam
(more Middle East artists from mp3.com
.) Or just get your fill of 70s, 80s, or 90s pop rock
. Any other good music out there for surfing with your ears?
48 hours of wiretap without a court order?
Sure, according to the Senate. Carnivore installations on the rise and the recent call to control crypto software are exactly what we don't need. This is probably just the beginning.
A coalition of 13 nations
declares war on those nations who are implicated in this attack. (There's nothing more dangerous than 300 angry teenagers.)