How many times have you read an article where some 'expert' predicts that even your fridge will be hooked up to the net in the future? Well Electrolux have already invented it.
Porn on the net is not a problem.
Readers chime in on an opinion column
with opinions of their own. My favorites "All one has to do if you don't want to read such garbage is to delete it when you first sign onto the Internet" (this guy obviously has no clue how the web works) and "Is there software I can buy to block out you?" In this article, Porn site supporters and detractors both seem to agree that users have to go out of their way to see pornographic content on the web. You have
to click on the link to see porn. Funny how the writer of the original article couldn't figure that out. Is porn really that much of a problem on the web, or are some people just too embarrased to admit that due to some curiosity, they wanted
to follow the links?
Clinton Holds Online "Fireside Chat" While Being Serviced By White House Intern.
The Prez took this "historic occasion" to unveil a new federal web site - firstgov.gov, a sort-of government portal that would link up to all federal web sites. Firstgov.gov will begin a multi-city advertising blitz once it secures $254 million in venture capital funding. And just wait for the IPO.
Third Circuit panel upholds injunction against Child Online Protective Act,
says that "community standards" approach doesn't work in 'cyberspace'. Is sanity breaking out in the federal judiciary?
Because Ben Brown
won't answer my e-mails anymore, I've decided to trade him in for a younger, sexier model
. Thank the lord for cloning.
The Oscars TM AMPAS will NOT consider any movie that was first shown on the Internet.
Looks like our firends at HowWrong Productions
, the creators of "Jesus! The Semi-Animated Sorta-Movie!"
Now they'll have to rent a theater for the sequel: "Jesus' Big Score", and then probably nobody'll show up.. cause they'll all be at The Schmolympics!
You owe me, Talbot. Big time.
Oh, cool; someone patented banner ads!
And they're suing everyone else for using them. (Ok, so they really only patented *offline* banner ads; we could *hope*, right? :-)
Is this a crock, or what?
Pseudotainment claims to be online tv, but DotComGuy
has better quality than this. The audio isn't as choppy as the video, but it's a sad state of affairs when the best we can do with all this technology can't even compete with local cable access programming.
Internet dependence among college students
Article based on study done by counselor at RPI that identifies characteristics of "internet dependent" students. "What he found is that at least 10 percent of college students use the Internet so much that it interferes with their grades, their health, or their social lives, and that the problem may run much deeper at science-and-engineering institutions."
Parenting: Is Aol Worse Than TV?
After reading this article my first reaction was "what an over-reaction," my second was "Do these parents think AOL is the only way to (not) access the internet?" (stolen from Robot Wisdom)
"In 21st Century America, harassment and cruelty are fine as long as you don't do it on a computer."
You'd think the police would have better things to do than sieze the computer of a kid who made an offensive website. Free speech, anyone? Anyone?
absolutely fabulous new toy for me to play w/, spiders the web, does a visual map of what you are finding. (I was actually workig on something to do almost the same thing, now I don't have to :)
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
About time too!
From today, British Telecom effectively lose the right to block free internet access to UK residents (via Kitschbitch
(Recognize yourself? I did...)
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
there must be more than one of you, jeffrey
Another outstanding piece on the state of the web from Mr. Z...does this guy ever sleep?
Yet Another Domain Name Dispute Develops (YADNDD): chunkymunky.com
gets a Cease & Desist from chunkymonkey.com
. One is a windows software site, the other a fan site about a cartoon character. Is there any cause for confusion on the part of users wanting to visit either site (actually, one would have to misspell "monkey" in order to get to the windows site)? Should the chunkymunky.com site owner have taken down his/her site? Who is going to protect domain owners from future things like this happening?
Thus sayeth Zeldman:
I, personally, prefer a brief description of where the link is going, rather than a long URL. Just curious, what do you think? As far as I'm concerned, there is no wrong answer or opinion on this.
- In this age of web-building and domains of all sorts coming out the wazoo and email and new jargon all the time, there seems to be a lack of good jargon for emotional states. Two states that I think desperately need a word coined for them are: the anticipation for the propagation of and reticence to tell anyone about a newly registered domain; and the state where you get so starved for contact of any kind that you post your undisguised email to a half-dozen newsgroups and fanzines just so that there is something in your inbox. Anyone have any ideas for what these states should be called?
Lycos Sells Out To Those Dastardly Spaniards; W.R. Hearst Rises From Grave To Stop Takeover.
Spanish ISP Terra Networks SA is now the proud owner of Suck
, and Jeff Veen. Oh yeah, and a fairly useless portal. Now we just have to wait for the Sucksters to publicly deride their new owners...start your stopwatches.
You put in the shows you want to watch, come back, and watch it in Realplayer. Shady legally, cool geekwise.
and grrl.com (a new chickclick style portal from womensforum.com
) are on the hunt for independent female sites to lump together and sell off to their advertisers. what have your experiences been with .commers? how do you feel about advertising on yr own site? what kind of money is actually earnt from being part of a portal (which seems to be their major selling point)?
what resources are available to independent site owners? perhaps another branch of the metafilter community could be dedicated to informing people about what does happen when a site signs on to a portal business, and what the alternatives are.
Any server can read all your IE cookies.
From any domain. Anyone. I was just explaing to my folks that the reason cookies are (generally) safe is that this was NOT possible. Well, it's possible now.
Maybe there's hope for our social lives after all.
A new study (complete report here
) seems to directly contradict February's study
which claimed that the Internet makes people antisocial hermits. This new study is particularly focused on the habits of women who use the web but offers many interesting numbers that apply across gender lines, i.e.
"Nearly three-quarters of Internet users (72%) say they visited family or friends "yesterday," while 61% of nonusers report they had visited someone".
Say goodbye to personal liberty
if this bill
gets passed. A bill aimed at fighting drugs on and off line will limit your freedom of speech, allow police to enter your house with a warrant but not telling you what it's for. One step closer to the Police state. And one heck of a supreme court case in the wings.
Told ya so...
Wrong guy. Thank god, I thought he was headed for the chair for sure.
To continue the theme,
Yahoo starts going after "sound-alike" domains with a little help from ICANN.
Readers prefer text over graphics.
In much more scientific news a new study by Stanford University indicates that visitors to your website are significantly more likely to read the text on your website (92%) than look at your photos (64%). What do you think? Will this change the way you design your site?
Written in 1982, this sysop reminisces about the "Golden Ages" of BBS's
Kind of ironic that I hear people say the same things today about the net.
If I had been smarter, I'd have used my brother's Amiga 500 to modem around a bit, but unfortunately, text files like this are about as close to that time as I can get. Amazingly enough, with everything that's online these days, these old text files are some of my favorite things to spend my time reading.
The fans have spoken and Lucas has listened.
Seems that Episode I is coming out on DVD after all. And Lucas says the web campaign on various sites encourage him to change his mind. How does this affect popular politics on a grander scale? And when will politicians jump on board the bandwagon?
The Image Resource
site at the Art Center College of Design
is about a gallery show of net Art (art with a big A), which starts in a couple weeks. It's nice to see pure art for art's sake on the web. I also came across a new art site (that isn't in the gallery show) at Immerse
Did everybody else completely ignore this
? Or am I the only one who didn't know that tonight is the 5th Annual Cool Site of the Year ceremony?
Why do they even bother anymore?
-- A bill banning Internet sites which publish or even link to drug-making information looks set to sail through Congress
This new "FreeNet"
sounds like a perfect utopia, where all information is free
like beer, and not just free like speech. Some of the provisions for the network, like not being able to remove a file
, remaining anonymous
, and not even being able to track down
where the files are really coming from make it sound like a anarchist's paradise. I'm wondering though, will it be a place to exchange banned books, or will it be clogged with porn, warez, and mp3s? Will it be populated with idealists against censorship, or AOLers wanting free stuff? Do things always go to the lowest common denominator right away, or does it take time?
shows just how little he knows about the web. Favorite inflammatory quotes:
"There's hardly any good work on the Internet at all."
"There isn't an Internet community anymore."
"I don't think print and the Web are all that different."
"I think the Internet is not a venue for storytelling."
It's too bad Adobe is giving voice (in web
) to someone so clueless.
Privacy? What's that? We all know that most of the new 'free' Internet Access Providers pay the bills by selling ads that you're forced to read, and some of them are selling information about *you* to other people. Well, along comes Predictive Networks, who are going to sell information about your surfing
even if you're paying the freight. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
[ from Lauren Weinstein's Privacy Digest ]
They bagged the kid who was responsible
for all those Denial-of-Service attacks a couple of months ago. He's Canadian.
Here's an interesting legal question: could the US extradite him? The crimes were committed in the US, but he was in Canada at the time he did it, since he worked through the Internet. Whose laws apply?
(By the way, I've seen no indication that the US is considering extradition; I was just curious whether they could
is the best Internet-radio I've heard yet. It's mostly trance stuff, but if you bitch enough on the forums
, you might get a house track or two played. Just good stuff.
I don't believe it...
I actually agree with something Network Solutions has done. They've apparently changed their policy to make domain name squatting more difficult. The story sounds sympathetic to the two ladies in question, but I'm not. Ok, maybe they should have been a touch more careful in how they *rolled out* the new policy, but the policy itself is about 5 years overdue.
Now, if we could just get them to *do what we tell them to*...
Tuvalu, a tiny South Pacific nation
measuring 26 square kilometers, has sold the use of its domain name -- .tv -- to Idealab! in a deal that promises to garner Tuvalu more than three times its national budget.
The Web Standards Project
blasts Microsoft's "arrogant" break with standards in IE 5.5/Windows Edition. Please read the press release
and, if you agree, post it to your favorite mailing lists and news groups. This must not stand.
A Federal Judge OKs deep linking
to commercial websites. I'm very happy to see this, since hyper
text and hyper
links are the basis of the web. Hell yeah!
Cyber Patrol hacker sells out for one dollar
< I made my political point
and just don't want further annoyance... ...Mattel initiated legal action in e-mail subpoenas in mid-March and Skala and Jansson removed cphack from their sites, but not before urging computer activists to copy and distribute it.... ...Nevertheless, some mirror site operators think open source software protections make the issue moot. The court cannot impose an Internet ban because cphack was released under the GNU General Public License
... > perhaps you've seen this--the final decision will be interesting with repect to free speech and the GNU GPL
. something to watch anyhow.
I'm sure many of you have already seen this or are already familliar with it, but this article
talks about bandwidth that really
puts the pedal to the metal!
I make this hompage as business card he said...
The more I look at it, the more I'm puzzled...
Is this er... site...
a) a very clumsy but very sincere homepage, made by someone whos has a lot to learn or...
b) a very well-done, veru tongue in cheek fake website made by someone who clearly had a lot of fun polishing this extreme pastiche...
Anyway, expect a lot of pop-up windows and have one of these airline vomit bag handy in case of a sudden sea sickness
Blogs in the News: Tom Negrino
of Backup Brain
wrote a feature on searching
for Macworld's May issue. Part of the feature was a sidebar on where to go to find things on the web, including the Eatonweb Weblog Portal
with a description of what blogs are for the uninitiated.
Freeserve relaunched today:
Considering that the vast majority of UK internet users have this set as their homepage, what's your opinion on the new-look Freeserve homepage. (it's like MSN - no?)