“Ten Years, Ten Trends”
Highlights of the major findings in Year Four of the Digital Future Project’s study of the impact of the Internet on Americans.
posted by gwint
on Oct 15, 2004 -
Firefox 1.0 Preview Release
is now available. The Spread Firefox
site hopes to see a million downloads, and they've already passed the halfway mark. The advantages of Firefox have been previously discussed
on MeFi, but this version includes an interesting new feature - Live Bookmarks
, which allow you to view RSS news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks menu. Obsessively checking MetaFilter is now easier than ever.
posted by Stuart_R
on Sep 17, 2004 -
Mining the Deep Web.
Google indexes 4 billion pages, but there are hundreds of billions of documents out there in the Deep Web
that are effectively unreachable by search engines because they are locked in databases or are unsearchable media. It looks like Yahoo is going to start giving us a peek by providing unified access to a wide variety of sites that are ordinarily only searchable by their own custom search engines.
posted by badstone
on Mar 2, 2004 -
Too good to be true?
United Internet is launching its public hosting service with a special promotion: a full 500 meg hosting account free for three years
. Includes email hosting, FTP and shell access, 5 gigs of transfers, Perl, Python, PHP and MySQL... plus $25 worth of Google AdWords. Sounds fishy to me, but they never asked for my credit card when I signed up.
posted by johnnydark
on Nov 14, 2003 -
and Clay Shirky
are trading ideas on Micropayemnts
user-pays schemes can't simply be restored through minor tinkering with payment systems, because they don't address the cause of that change -- a huge increase the power and reach of the individual creator..
micropayments, well, BitPass
are here to stay this time.
As a content producer
I like the idea, but as a content consumer
I'm just not sure yet.
If mefi went Micro, would you pay?
posted by Blake
on Sep 13, 2003 -
WebCollage: Exterminate All Rational Thought
--Neato (and sometimes beautiful) page refreshed every minute or so. Every image is clickable, too. It finds the images by feeding random words into various search engines, and pulling images (or sections of images) out of the pages returned.
A very cool surfing tool for when you're bored of your usual web haunts (mefi excluded, of course)
posted by amberglow
on Apr 25, 2003 -
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
posted by iconomy
on Jan 18, 2003 -
A ray of hope: Internet Radio Fairness Act .
Disappointed in the Librarian of Congress' recent imposition of high fees on web radio broadcasters and the resultant shutdown of many web radio broadcasts (including KIRO and KMTT in Seattle), U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee [right] (D-WA), George Nethercutt [below] (R-WA), and Rick Boucher (D-VA) introduced new legislation to change existing web radio laws.
posted by y2karl
on Jul 26, 2002 -
is a self-proclaimed multimedia weblog with many "web experiments" and something I never though I'd see, a curved scroll bar. But that's just the beginning. Click on euh? to load a random experiment.
posted by dgeiser13
on May 28, 2002 -
May 1st Reboot
. On April 25, participating sites shut down and post a Reboot Holder, until May 1st, at which time they relaunch. Why?
Upon review of all of this year's participating sites, a good number of them are not using the required Reboot Holder. Most have simply continued with normal operations and even made updates as recently as this afternoon.
posted by Su
on Apr 29, 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 -
"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 -
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 -
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.
posted by bwg
on Dec 2, 2001 -
"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
posted by adrianhon
on Nov 28, 2001 -
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?
posted by mmarcos
on Sep 28, 2001 -
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”
posted by joeclark
on Sep 22, 2001 -
The New Zealand Net Awards
have announced their finalists. Picked by a panel of people including Web saavy magazine editors, personal Web site operators, and tech-radio deejays, the NZ awards seem much more even handed, open, and real
than the Webbies (albeit only for NZ sites...)
And, as far as I can tell, they're doing it on almost no budget. Pretty impressive. Why doesn't this
community start something like it?
posted by benbrown
on Sep 3, 2001 -
Apparently the Web is getting less eclectic.
The basic gist is that the Web, once a vibrant and quirky place, is just becoming a repository of dullness and repetition with such an overabundance of information that people tend to stick to sites that they know and love. What's your take on it? (Thanks to Zach at Thinky.org for the link.)
posted by bshort
on Aug 27, 2001 -
Has anyone seen this
hosting company before? They seem very cheap but I have no idea whether they are reliable.
posted by ecvgi
on Aug 23, 2001 -
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
posted by sixandone
on Jul 14, 2001 -
Web Accessibility = Web Shop Salvation?
With Federal guidelines for accessibility set to go into law on June 21, you've got a whole hoarde of companies which will need to redesign. Razorfish must be all, "Mmm, I smell money! Time to buy back the Aerons!"
posted by gsh
on Jun 15, 2001 -