A new wrinkle in the tale of TV vs. Telephone.
Cable TV over your phone lines? I doubt it will fly, but who knows?
One wo/man; many, many votes.
From the seventh circle of hell comes the second-last sign of the apocalypse; the voting form for the bloggies. I know which site I voted for... you're reading the damn thing right now. Go MeFi!
How to bypass web content filtering programs.
It's easy, it works, and all you have to have is a Hex calculator
. Strike a blow for freedom!
It's uncertain how important online privacy is to
President-elect George W. Bush. He indicated a general support for online privacy laws during the presidential campaign without indicating whether he leaned more toward industry self-regulation, technological solutions, legislative solutions, or some combination. A working document drafted by the Bush transition team on "technology proposals" echoes the same undefined support for online privacy. One analyst thinks his transition-appointments indicate a reference for industry self-regulation.
Welcome to the blob. Please watch your step.
It looks like Viacom's going to swallow up Yahoo! and all its assorted properties. What does this leave untouched, by partnerships or redistribution deals or what-have-you? Anything? (Who was it again who was predicting that one large company that controlled everything called Omnivox? I remember reading about it somewhere when I was, like, ten or so.)
Lowtax (of Something Awful
fame, and creator of JeffK
) on the State of the Internet
Author Caleb Carr argues in favor of government regulation of the Internet
. He suggests that if we don't have government making the rules, the corporations will make them instead. (Yeah, it's a Salon link. You got a problem with that? Keep it to yourself.)
Privacy makes strides online.
I'm actually pretty amazed by the ruling - while I think this is a great thing, could it be used for evil?
Why in hell is the National Acadamy of Science involved in looking for ways to censor the Internet?
Here's an interesting commentary on the fact that all censorship ultimately fails
. A great quote: "It amazes me to see parents who support 'family values' demanding government censorship on the Net. In other words, their family values have failed, and they can't control their children, so they expect the government to control the situation for them." (Via GeekPress
Found in today's Times
: It takes some time to wind up, but this could be the finest and most thorough Internet hoax ever
, at least that I am aware of.
I am making a list of failed and over-hyped Internet business jargon. Here is part of it: Java applets, Push, Web TV, ad-supported sites, B2C, B2B, proprietary music formats, WAP, 100% Flash sites, broadband. Do you agree? What is missing?
Blogger gets its server
Pyra pulls it off with a little help from its friends.
Not Dubbing the Simpsons
The Office de la langue française and others are up in arms (ils capotent
) about anglicisms in Internet discourse. Business 2.0 talked about it
. Branchez-Vous writes a short, cutting article
, giving those who pepper their French with English enough rope to hang themselves. («Dans la catégorie "Un
mot français, un mot anglais et hop!," le prix revient à Rational Software France, the e-development company, qui a annoncé la nomination d'André Arich au poste de Partner Manager pour sa filiale française, ainsi que le lancement en France du programme de partenariat Rational Unified Partner Program (RUPP).
») ¶ Strangely, French has a nicer word for E-mail than English does: courriel
is the OLF
's official bilingual tech dictionary.)
Maybe I spoke too soon.
A lot of semipro tech-zines
, sort of like blogs except with specific subject matters
to cover, are financed by ad networks. In the recent past a bunch of them have lost their funding
when their ad networks went out of business. Now one of the biggest networks which remains is changing their terms
to the detriment of the web sites. I gather that a lot of the ad networks were running at a loss, and of course new funding has dried up. [more inside]
House Republican introduces resolution to protect ISPs
from criminal liability for third party content. Californian David Dreier's proposal
isn't an actual bill but would put the House on record as supporting such protections.
Microsoft and Starbucks join forces
to provide wireless Internet access for caffeine junkies. I was worried enough by this alliance ("Great Satan" and "Corporate Kudzu," etc.), but then I read that McDonald's is looking into doing the same thing. Sure, there is a certain convenience factor, but do we really need branded connectivity everywhere we go?
I think they got a bargain.
A company which was in financial trouble let a kid come in for two weeks as an intern. He took a look at their business, immediately set up a web site for them to sell their product, and they promptly received an order for 70,000 pounds through that web site. It appears it will save their company.
Has anyone tried and tested Safe Web
a lot simpler and easier (not to mention cheaper) than Anonymizer
. Though you have to enter each address, so it's not for people wanting anonymity all the time. . .
Apple's Internet Devlopers site
. Too little, too late? Or a new resource which will prove to be helpful?
Are the VC's to blame?
Or did dot coms play a part in their own demise? Every good drama has a villain (or Villain Capitalist, as the evidence suggests), and when good people are getting caught in the crossfire
it's highly tempting to typecast the role.
SETS STAGE FOR RADICAL, NEW MESSAGING MEDIUM --Zonagraphic Messaging connects people, communities worldwide.
So not only can you get in touch with that cutey you saw in the mall last week and didn't get a chance to talk to, but you can also report crimes & rat on bad drivers.
I wonder what other uses could there be for this service?
The Opera Browser
is now ad-supported freeware. What does this mean for Internet Explorer and Netscape?
Blast from the past
Oh, those halcyon days of text-based real-time chat, before there was a Web. (I'm catching up on my link quotient....)
Yahoo-ification of the Web.
Yahoo buys E-Groups
. They bought Webring.org
a few months back. What is next? Will my Yahoo screen name become my legal name? And don't even talk to me about the spam issue, because I might start to cry.
Only nine days left to enter your website
in the competition for SXSW 2001. All categories but one are for websites that are newly created in 2000 (the other category is for redesigned/relaunched websites).
Net faces 10-year Olympic shutout.
Chairman of the IOC Internet working group says, "Unless and until you can guarantee your internet signal is only available within your territory, you cannot put video on your website. We're going to go forward with that and we're going to see how it evolves." Anyone have some portable transmission walls they can erect on international boundaries every two years?
Misguided Brazilian script kiddies defaces Netherlands AIDS Fonds (Foundation).
And what's even more bizzare is that it appears their "message" roughly translates as "Let us not forget World AIDS Day." Duh... go deface a denialist, idiots.
Maybe ICANN really can't.
There may be a revolt among all those Europeans who think that they own their parts of the Internet. (Who do they think they are, anyway? Don't they realize that they're just electronic colonies of the US?)
Actually, I'm with them; I think ICANN is getting just a little too full of itself.
Poisons spam bots dead!
"Wpoison helps to combat the junk e-mail problem by effectively thwarting the efforts of junk e-mailers who regularly scan web pages, looking for target e-mail addresses to harvest, which they then send junk e-mail to. "
Wow, does this really work? Has anyone tried it or something silimar?
I hope it does work, I really hope it does.
(sorry if its been posted already)
marchFirst circles the bowl...
Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
johnsmith.name and many more silly new suffixes.
Do we need this many? I have yet to see anything good with the previous additions, it all looks a bit like those http://take.me.to/, http://fly.to redirectional services.
("Digiscents") demoed at Comdex. Scan down to the fourth paragraph for an informal review.
Joe Clark (a fellow Torontonian, no less) has provided food for thought in his "Deconstructing 'You've Got Blog'" screed
. While Joe scores some valid points, I think he misses the mark in a few major ways. In the process, he comes across as cynical, and a bit wounded, too. [more inside]
Wow! Non-election related news.
Courtesy of Linux Weekly News
(which came out this morning), a picture of the new ".com" version of Monopoly. Did they get the companies in the order of priority you
would have expected?
New top level domains?
It looks like we're one step closer to the creation of some new domains. ICANN
has posted their staff recommendations. How did your favorite fare?
Sometimes there is a strange kind of justice in the universe.
A candidate in Oregon
, who had promised to require that all schools and libraries be forced to use censorware on their computers, changed his position when he found that his own campaign site was being censored by one of the most popular of the censorware packages.
Ah, schadenfreude. Hoist by his own petard, in't he?
Has anyone seen this crazy dancing baby
? Pretty wild, eh? (because there had to be one non-politics link on MeFi today)
Will Microsoft EVER learn?
They must all be out voting today.....or lamenting the demise of Pets.com.
her place in Yahoo Internet Life magazine
as one of the most talented brains in history ever to put words together and form coherent sentences. Back in '98 she logged off
YIL. But she's back!
And here I was about to cancel my subscription.. not now! not to mention she's both incredibly intelligent AND drop dead gorgeous! wakka wakka wakka!
December 2000's YIL (no link available) initiates Angela Gunn's return with a column that will focus on Net ethics. Ebert, Katz and Gunn. After all these years you think they finally found the right combination?
Introducing Flash 6 - now only 98% Bad!
Jakob Neilsen focuses his alertbox on the evils of Flash, calls it 99% bad. Take that Rob Burgess, CEO of Macromedia (who last week equated the technology have-nots with being damned to Hell
AOL's walled garden.
Anyone who doesnt think that AOL will only link to AOL/Time Warner properties in the broadband future is fooling themselves.
Etour.com claims it's like "channel surfing" on the web, but it isn't.
Surfing is something in-between purposefully seeking a goal and letting the wind blow you wherever it wishes. It's not totally random. It's not totally goal-driven. So it must involve a human who is making half-choices, taking half-risks. It can't be programmed. [more…]
Am I Hot or Not?
Beware of this link. If you click on it you will be sucked in for hours. The idea, rate people's looks on a scale of 1 to 10. The people? Anyone who uploads their picture to the site, both men and women.
I have never found a site more habit forming in my life. Like Dack (who I got the link from) I skipped food, drink and missed my bus.
Internet To Be Bigger Than TV - UCLA Report
"For the first time in the history of television, TV usage by children under 14 declined," recalled Cole. "Kids finally found something that was more interesting than TV. It was an epiphany moment for me." Download the report here
Is the Revolution really over?
According to Wired it is, “…one day, the digital revolution was over. The big media companies wrested control of the Internet from the kids in the horned-rimmed glasses.” Derek has his comments on this
but to add my own, nothing new and exciting happens anymore.
The Internet has become synonymous for pink slips, mergers, and legal battles.
I know there was a previous link to this article but I was inspired by Derek to bring a different matter to the table.