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.)
last week, 6 days prior to the attacks, an FBI raid shut down numerous arabic websites
. what did they suspect? many were offended by the action, do they feel the same way still?
keeps looping back to our own machines at work. At home, it comes up non-existant yet it's showed up in my server logs. network solutions has a listing for it. Anyone else getting bizarre results with this domain?
And so it begins
- "Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after Tuesday's deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Just hours after three airplanes smashed into the buildings in what some U.S. legislators have dubbed a second Pearl Harbor, FBI agents began to visit Web-based, e-mail firms and network providers, according to engineers "
How do you think the attacks of the 11th will affect civil liberties?
AOL may buy AT&T broadband
in a deal that could allow them to own the browser, net access, data pipes, and content for a vast majority of internet usage and users. How far will AOL/TW go to control any and all forms of media? Are hearings to break the company up far off?
Next generation emoticons
or another step in tearing down cultural (and man-machine?) walls?
is a magazine about information visualization and navigation with a focus on the web. What similar sites are out there? A second related question is when why are tools for finding stuff on the web so primitive? More inside.
The only difference between Hotmail and Hailstorm is R and S... So what do the R and S stand for?
Reading this article a few months back, I was struck by how inappropriate the name "hailstorm" was for a feature whose sole intention is user-friendliness.
It just seemed too aggressive. Then, while reading something which also referenced hotmail's recent security problems, I misread "hotmail" as "hailstorm."
Now, I hate to seem like a numerologist here, or even worse, a scrabble player, but how else can you explain the similarity AND the impropriety of the name?
Getting to the point, does anyone have guesses about what the "r" and the "s" are brought to you by?
Is this too good to be true?
Last week when I called verizon
to transfer my phone service, they suckered me into ordering this dsl service. What really got me, in addition to what they have listed on the site was the 30 day free trial, and that they supposedly use STATIC ip addresses. I was also told that their modem has a router built in that assigns individual ip addresses to each computer. [I have 3 - Windows server, Linux, and Mac]. Too good to be true, right?
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?
The web in your inbox.
You want to surf. But your friends want to get together to play Werewolf.
You can have it all. Search with Tracerlock
and The Informant
and when you can break away to check your email, you'll find links waiting.
Did they find an interesting link for you? Then use GrabPage
to have the page sent to you as an email attachment.
Surfing with email is cool. But why stop there? Why not do everything by email?
Doing science by stealth
Scientists have found a way of subverting the error checking mechanisms of web servers to allow them to perform calculations without the owners permission. This "Parasitic computing" could potentially use the internet as a single giant distributed computer.
This interesting mini-series
about the human face on TLC (via BBC
), claims that technology and the Internet are replacing face-to-face contact
, but without much needed facial expressions that play a crucial role in communication. No doubt, this is why we THINK OF CAPITAL LETTERS as "yelling" and use :) and :P in online communication. Where do you see online communication in 10 years?
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.)
Internet banned in Afghanistan.
"The ministry of communication is duty-bound to make the use of the Internet impossible."
And a good thing too. Damned heretics.
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
Conformity rules in cyberspace
... countering expectations that near-anonymity would encourage actions outside social norms. An Australian research team entered chat rooms and staged situations (a somewhat skeptically viewed practice, though the article doesn't mention it). Now they're studying users' reactions to avatars of different races and genders -- and for control purposes, a chair: Initial results show that most people approach the female character first and that some of those approaching the chair ask for a sex specification or assume it is female.
Has anyone seen this
hosting company before? They seem very cheap but I have no idea whether they are reliable.
Ben Brown once had this thing called Teeth Magazine. I don't know how long it lasted. But visiting ye olde Glassdog, I saw a random adzert for it. Intrigued, I clicked on it. And it's a bit different now
. Anyone else have funny lapsed-domain stories?
The Death of TCP/IP?
An interesting (if not paranoid) article about internet security and Windows XP. Leaves me wanting to know more. [continued inside]
Interesting sellout. About.com
has changed the "o" in their name to a Life Saver throughout the site. That's some desperate advertising.
Don't tax my Amazon Purchase!
Legislation is in process to permanently
prohibit taxes on Internet purchases. Whatever will Massachusetts and California do for revenue? Tax a satellite or two, I'd guess.
"Comedy is dead, but Some of the Corpse Are Amusing
Earlier today, SOTCAA themselves posted a message on their forum saying that the site would be pulled "in a few weeks". Well worth a visit before it is. (more inside)
Another "new economy" company bites the big one. A month ago
Metricom filed for chapter 11. Tomorrow they're shutting down
the Ricochet wireless network, leaving their subscribers high and dry. Employees are getting one week of severance pay. They're leaving behind $1 billion in debt
. (It's Webvan all over again.)
The Blogger Purity Test - Phase One
"Stage One is a call for questions. Go to the site (http://pure.fury.com) and submit the questions that you think should be asked of webloggers. You can also read the most recent submissions from other bloggers and readers.
The site will be open for submissions until August 15th, when a few of us will hide away and pick out the best 200 or so questions and present the test survey for the month of September.
Then, it's tallying up the responses and seeing what the state-of-the-blogunion is for 2001.
PacBell seeks to secure a monopoly
Californians urged to contact the PUC to put the brakes on PacBell's plan to kill the independent ISP.
Should they be allowed to take their toys and go home or be forced to share? And, what effect will this have on the future of tech companies if PacBell is able to lock out DSL competition?
Scient and iXL Merge
...and I'm wondering who thinks this is a really good idea. A big part of the problem these "iBusiness" consultancies have is that they're too big. Remember all those layoffs? It's in large part because of big overhead, which is a big problem in a tight market. So what problem is being solved by making these two companies into one bigger company?
Imminant death of net predicted.
Good, the fad-followers can go on to whatever's next and the real geeks can take their Jolt back to their cubicles and go back to arguing about the One True Indentation Style.
How often are legal threats used to silence Internet activity? Help us to find out and counter baseless threats with the "chilling effects clearinghouse."
Harvard Cyber Law and the EFF combine forces to get a handle on over-zealous cease-and-desist orders issued over websites. Mattel has been so active in this area that they became the butt of jokes
about it. Hopefully stupid stuff like this
will start decreasing, or at least, there will be a group you can contact when you need support against these types of actions.
Snapshots of san francisco:
one man's view of the san francisco dot-com fiz-out. (more people should have websites, i can't get enough.) -- flash needed
University of Colombia, registrar of the ".co" ccTLD, wants to sell the new dot com
The University of Columbia is in charge of assigning names to Columbian domains, and it wants to get in on the same act as Tuvalu, Togo, and the US
. Dissenters say its a public trust. Of course, much like newly minted TLDs like .biz etc., yahoo.com will of course want yahoo.co, and so on. Is there no solution?
Seeing weird things in your website logs today? This
will explain it...
Running IIS and haven't patched it in over a month? Go
13,000 servers have already been affected.
story about the Webbies asks the question of how to find
the best sites
, and how good sites are interlinked on the Internet. So why is this notable? It's not, but everyone's favourite website
is mentioned. Gratz, Matt.
Need free Internet Access?
Head to your local library or community center. This page allows you to type in a zipcode and find out where you can access (or learn about) the internet, usually for free. If you know someone in your neighborhood who isn't connected and might like this info, why not print out the page and give it to them?link spotted at follow me here
"New Media, New Arse."
BBC News Online is running a week-long series highlighting days and events that signalled the UK's dot-com downturn. (Slightly ironic, as compared to the US, the boom didn't even get started here.) But do you have your own particular moment that sums up the point where boom turned to bust?
Loosening the noose...
but still leaving the rope around the neck. "Far from hastening its own demise by allowing the Internet to penetrate its borders, an authoritarian state can actually utilize the Internet to its own benefit and increase its stability by engaging with the technology."
An interesting - if not entirely expected - report on Internet access in Cuba and the People's Republic of China.
is a bookmark manager that allows you to access your favorites list from multiple machines. However, their server does not seem to be responding.
Since I was out of town (and away from my machine) for all of last week, can anyone tell me what the deal is?