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.
Netscape 4.76 is available for downloa...
oh, to hell with it, why do I even bother?
Journalism profs are soliciting Internet users' opinions
on how "politically interested Web surfers are using the Internet in the 2000 U.S. presidential elections."
A Complete Map of What?
Buchanan International claims to have created a complete page-level map of the Internet. I think (the article's not really clear on that). Am I the only one who finds this ridiculous? And their motives are so pure: "the completion of the map is prob-ably (sic) the first big step in the quest to control internet anarchy." Does the Financial Times usually publish such drivel? (via Brian Carnell
Madonna finally wins madonna.com
Under what grounds warrent her rights to that domain name? At the bottom it notes singer Sting was denied his attempt at aquiring sting.com, which is merely owned by some online gamer called =Sting=
Somebody found my blog while searching for a 'doctor's surgery webpage'. AltaVista
-- has anyone ever found anything
useful from any search engine ever? Really? I don't believe you. Never ever
has any search engine -- not even lovely, nifty little Google
-- given me what I want in any
useful way whatsoever. You would not believe how long it took me to find a
sodding picture of Steve
the other day.
And for God's sake don't get me onto the utterly
pointless localised versions
or the abyssmal AltaVista picture search
"We probably don't want your business. Go away."
That actually seems to be the message here. I don't recall such a hostile advertisement before. (Via HardOCP
NYTimes.com has low security
Even me, the casual passerby, could access secret documents about the mysterious "partners," while trying to avoid downloading a cookie. Heh, "channel", "partners", the number 10. They're all related somehow?
PS: "channel.nytimes.com" doesn't give access to pages without logging in. Any ideas?
The Internet caused the Columbine massacre,
according to George W. Bush in Wednesday night's presidential debate. Maybe Al Gore shouldn't have been so quick to claim that he took the initiative in creating the Internet
See what everyone on Yahoo is looking for (excluding porn)
I don't recall having heard from anybody that the consumer experience of getting online required
Private school ejects Sailor Moon fan
accessing an "adult" Sailor Moon site. The kid didn't know what the site was ahead of time, the site slipped through the school's content filters, and the boy "immediately logged off after less than a minute on the Web site". I don't know if this qualifies as a zero tolerance
issue, but it's definitely an overraction, not to mention an ugly failure of blocking software
. [via Ribbit
Don't just sit there, go buy some un-used 3 Letter Acronym
domain names for the heck of it.
Al Gore and the Internet
A post to nettime from Vinton Cerf
, someone who knows a little something about the development of the internet (he led the development of TCP/IP), giving Al Gore props for taking initiative for creating the Internet. Al never said he "invented" the internet. But he's had a lot of influence in creating the internet we all know and love.
I have no interest in toadying for Gore, but it does bother me how people parrot the misattributed quote, and seemingly have no desire to know how things really developed.
What happened to the Open Directory?
Does anyone know why this site has gone down?
"Internet Killed The Video Star"
should be the Official©
Anthem of the Internet
relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up
? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
Pseudo is Dead.
Shocked, I tell ya, shocked.
That 2-way satellite Internet service
that we were all musing about a few weeks back may be this
offering from Gilat2Home, who prudently decided that that was way too...
How many of these non-standard prefixes does your
Just off the top of my head with the programs I have running right now, I can handle nap: aim: hotline:
and a few others, not counting all the ones built into my browser.
Either Go.com really, really sucks, or I am just unable to find where the "new" go.com design is residing. And why doesn't c|net ever put related links in their articles? Do they assume I will just stay within c|net all day long?
Narcissism at it's worst?
People post their pictures and are rated by everyone else. Kind of sick, but I still look at it
Has Google finally sold out?
You may have already seen this via Robot Wisdom
- evidence that Google has monkeyed with their search engine to give preference to partner Yahoo!'s pages.
I guess it had to happen sooner or later, but I'm sad. Anyone know of a better search engine on the horizon that still has integrity?
Am I missing something here? Zeldman
had a short notice that the k10k web site was back and redesigned for functionality. It looks the same to me.
All Hands On Deck.
If you're an engineer for IBM OZ or Telstra, don't expect to get a day off for the next three weeks. Here comes the Olympics!
Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia
-- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.
Does the United States Need a Chief Information Officer?
From Slate. The government waking up to the Internet's reach or two political hopefuls speaking to twitchy netizens? You make the call.
Imagine that. A chat-enabled telephone...
What's next - a broom-enabled vacuum cleaner? A walking-enabled automobile? A hand-scrubbing-enabled washing machine? Next thing you know, they'll want to move all television transmissions to wire, and move all telephony to wireless. Uh, wait...
Hands off the Internet!
Argh. It frustrates me that we can't get "The Powers That Be" to see things this way.
THE REALLY BIG BUTTON...
This for what ever reason seems to have kept people ammused...I did me!
Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property.
We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
The weezils at AllAdvantgae.com are up to no good.
- First of all, who thought paying people to surf was a brilliant way to make money? AllAdvantage is now seeing the error or their ways and is switching all members over from the Pay to Surf plan to a new Sweepstakes plan regardless of whether their members want to switch or not. Apparently those who have bothered to read the email they sent out about the switch are getting pissed.
"It cannot be every man, woman and child out for themselves in the wild, wild west" :HP's Fiorina Backs Net Regulation
Once again a behemoth corporation and the Federal Government must implement regulations because the flock is way
too stupid to think for themselves.
to England about free net access. I am shocked that a company in the honorable net industry could think of such a scam! Shocked I say!
iCab 2.1 is out
for a program written from scratch by one or two people (Alexander Clauss seems to be the lead), it's astounding. Absolutely full support for HTML 4 – every extended character (iCab seems to use its own font), weirdo tags like LONGDESC, ACRONYM, and ABBR, TITLEs on everything (no popups: text appears in status line). Filter out ads automatically. Only browser other than Lynx that handles metadata like LINK REL="next". The damn thing validates your code for you
(click the smiling or frowning icon at the right of the address bar). And so on. And so on. I love this program. And yes, I'm in the minority
. What else is new?