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THE REALLY BIG BUTTON...

THE REALLY BIG BUTTON... This for what ever reason seems to have kept people ammused...I did me!
posted by pehtes on Aug 30, 2000 - 10 comments

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>
posted by baylink on Aug 25, 2000 - 12 comments

The weezils at AllAdvantgae.com are up to no good.

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.
posted by Nyarlathotep on Aug 25, 2000 - 4 comments

"It cannot be every man, woman and child out for themselves in the wild, wild west" :HP's Fiorina Backs Net Regulation

"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.
posted by chiXy on Aug 24, 2000 - 4 comments

AltaVista lies

AltaVista lies 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!
posted by Mick on Aug 22, 2000 - 7 comments

iCab 2.1 is out

iCab 2.1 is out The fabbest little Web browser for adherents of the Macintosh religion, iCab, is now out in version 2.1. It lacks any CSS support, and JavaScript support is very poor, but 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?
posted by joeclark on Aug 21, 2000 - 4 comments

radio asatru

radio asatru is what happens when it gets dark at the renaissance faire and the wizards and wenches start getting loose. madmartigan! madmartigan!
posted by subpixel on Aug 18, 2000 - 0 comments

I was reading cryptonomicom last night

I was reading cryptonomicom last night..and awoke this morning to read this online.. Deja vu, Datahaven! I'm glad they found good use for that antiaircraft deck.
posted by dabitch on Aug 17, 2000 - 2 comments

The ultimate in online gaming?

The ultimate in online gaming? But seriously, if there isn't anyone home and in danger, there is no justification for the use of deadly force. And, you'd better be able to take cover quickly in the event of a crack...
posted by quonsar on Aug 17, 2000 - 2 comments

John Seely Brown interviewed by Wired.

John Seely Brown interviewed by Wired. The former head of Xerox Parc. There were two really insightful quotes I came across in this article;

Lurk is the cognitive apprenticeship term for legitimate peripheral participation. The culture of the Internet allows you to link, lurk, and learn. Once you lurk you can pick up the genre of that community, and you can move from the periphery to the center safely asking a question.

Sort of like Metafilter =) And...

Bob Metcalfe has it all wrong: The power of a network isn't the square of the number of people - it's the number of communities it supports. If you look at n people, there are potentially 2**n communities.

I've actually wondered about Metcalfe's law. This n^2 has always seemed metaphorical to me, but it seems a lot of people mention it as if it were a literal relationship. What is the "value" of a network anyway? Anyone know of research on this?
posted by lockecito on Aug 16, 2000 - 2 comments


Real goes subscription.

Real goes subscription. A decent business model, IMHO. But with two lacking elements: 1) Too expensive ($3-5/month is better), 2) More compelling content (needs more name brands). I think a flat rate type content model could work well for video/multimedia content (the porn industry does well with it).
posted by owillis on Aug 15, 2000 - 8 comments

Because nothing says "You Suck!" quite like a website.

Because nothing says "You Suck!" quite like a website. "Sucks sites" and how to run them without getting sued...
posted by baylink on Aug 14, 2000 - 1 comment

Do you see what i see.

Do you see what i see. Anyone work on web projects funded by the Department of Education, or any other organization which is now requiring websites be Bobby Approved?
posted by milhous on Aug 10, 2000 - 11 comments

Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety

Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety
What is Goofy doing on The Cliffs of Mean Manners? Will Donald get lost in The Virus Caves? Is Minnie safe on No Privacy Beach?
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Aug 9, 2000 - 4 comments

Study: Women Outnumber Men on the Web in America.

Study: Women Outnumber Men on the Web in America. I wonder in what ways will these changing demographics affect the web? And in the blog community, do women and men blog differently?
posted by BoyCaught on Aug 9, 2000 - 19 comments

The Background image is a little off, but....

The Background image is a little off, but.... here's a page created entirely on a Commodore 64. Nice to know that everyone's in the web design loop.
posted by Cavatica on Aug 7, 2000 - 8 comments

AOL's Netscape division is being sued by an NJ photographer

AOL's Netscape division is being sued by an NJ photographer over their SmartDownload feature, which allegedly allows surveillance of activity between websites and you. He claims "[SmartDownload] secretly transmits to Netscape the file name and location, along with an identification string unique to that Internet user.''

"...we've never used or accessed any information about SmartDownload users or files..." - AOL
posted by tomorama on Aug 4, 2000 - 0 comments

Happy birthday, theobvious.com!

Happy birthday, theobvious.com! Five years on the web is a hell of a long time. A round of applause for Michael!
posted by fraying on Aug 1, 2000 - 3 comments

This has been showing up in my referrer log.

This has been showing up in my referrer log. The site enables you to surf anonymously. It also blocks stats on systems, screen resolution and browser type. It might prove useful to some here. As a designer though, I have concerns about being able to track user statistics.
posted by centrs on Jul 27, 2000 - 8 comments

The Web is 500x larger than we think?

The Web is 500x larger than we think? While plausible, it also smacks of a press release...
posted by owillis on Jul 26, 2000 - 3 comments

Yes, Virginia, there was life before the Internet...

Yes, Virginia, there was life before the Internet...
...but nobody's bothered to archive it yet. Thanks to those wacky .edu's, there's a fair amount of historical data out there, but if you're hoping the newspapers who charge for archive "reprints" will have material from the '40s, the '60s or even the '80s, you're still better off going to the library and flipping through microfiche (bet that's the first time THAT word's been used on MetaFilter). I hesitated blogging this story here until I saw how the Internet History Timeline caught some people by surprise... Yes, even we MetaFilterers are sitting on the shoulders of Giants (and a few of us are old enough to remember "They Might Be Giants" as a movie starring George C. Scott).
posted by wendell on Jul 24, 2000 - 8 comments

So let me get this straight: I buy something from an online merchant, and your company tracks the shipment for me. Does the web need a service like this, or is this another candidate for fuckedcompany.com?
posted by ratbastard on Jul 24, 2000 - 0 comments

I wondered who invented the Internet.

I wondered who invented the Internet. Some people would say Al Gore, but even after reading parts of the history of the Internet (first link), I can't figure it out. I think the "USSR" prompted us to do it when they launched Sputnik. Is this really the case?
posted by eyesandfists on Jul 24, 2000 - 16 comments

ICANN's Report on new Top Level Domains

ICANN's Report on new Top Level Domains came out a few days ago, and I saw a list in a paper of some of the new proposed TLDs. These include: .shop, .travel, .news, .sex or .xxx, .web, .arts, .store. Two things worthy of discussion - what's the difference between .shop .store and .web (and where are other CONTENT based divisions such as .gay, .fan, .info, .zine, .kids) and secondly, why are these supposedly GLOBAL domain names all in full uncompressed English?
posted by barbelith on Jul 21, 2000 - 17 comments

Webzine 2000: Must or Bust?

Webzine 2000: Must or Bust? Anyone here planning to go? Why? Why not?
posted by wiremommy on Jul 20, 2000 - 4 comments

Imminent Death of Internet Predicted!

Imminent Death of Internet Predicted! Napster killed the Internet star, says record exec Edgar Bronfman Jr. "Let me tell you what else is in trouble here: the Internet. In the end, the Internet itself will not be able to survive if it becomes a haven for illegal activity. Copyrights must be protected online."
posted by rcade on Jul 19, 2000 - 14 comments

Internet may need new cyber-borders-U.S. legal body By Richard Meares

Internet may need new cyber-borders-U.S. legal body By Richard Meares
The internet's only use is for commerce. That's it. The only reason anyone uses the internet is to purchase books and rugs. The internet can not be defined as anything else, thus, there are no users, they're CONSUMERS. That's all they are. Consumers.
Too bad, We "Enthusiasts" "may love the Internet's scant regard for authority and borders?" What? "Scant regard for authority"? What authority? This is just sick.
posted by tiaka on Jul 18, 2000 - 3 comments

Oh great another "weblogs are stupid and they all suck" article came out, but what I really want to know is: why does the other article running this week at ALA acknowledge that "99% of everything is crap," but the weblog article doesn't? Comparing the cruft at the bottom of weblogs with the 1% best of writers (Ginsberg and Kerouac) seems unfair and pointless. And where are the solutions? Tell everyone to stop? Tell them to write better? What's so hard about ignoring the sites you don't like instead (I do that with most advertising)?
posted by mathowie on Jul 14, 2000 - 96 comments

"Dear Senator, As a user of the Internet and a fan of music, I am extremely concerned with the issues currently facing the digital music community, particularly those affecting my rights as a consumer to listen to the music that I have purchased. Your hearing has helped the public to understand my concerns."
posted by ericost on Jul 14, 2000 - 1 comment

To those who are interested in such things, IE 5.5 is out, with all kinds of new and not that important features, including those great colored scroll bars.
posted by endquote on Jul 12, 2000 - 23 comments

"There is a nose that is getting longer every day but it doesn't belong to Gore."

"There is a nose that is getting longer every day but it doesn't belong to Gore."
I'm not here to defend Al Gore; I think working alongside Bill Clinton for eight years is enough to corrupt any human being to the very depths of his soul, and he's certainly not alone being glibly mis-characterized by the press (the aftermath of Dubbya's "failing the foreign leaders quiz" comes immediately to mind).
But so many web-heads, including MetaFilterers, (two recent examples) are so invested in perpetuating the myth that "Gore lied about inventing the Internet", it makes me wonder why. Maybe the "libertarian spirit" of the Web can't face the facts that without a hell of a lot of U.S. Government initiatives (oxymoron?) and intervention, many of which can be credited to this otherwise non-outstanding politician named Al, this incredibly powerful tool (and toy) of personal expression and individual freedom might - no, WOULD still be a closed system serving the Military Industrial Complex.
And yes, I have put on my kevlar underwear.
posted by wendell on Jul 7, 2000 - 3 comments

www.excite@home.com

www.excite@home.com Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
posted by owillis on Jul 3, 2000 - 16 comments

Douglas Rushkoff:

Douglas Rushkoff: "The myth of the internet - and one I believed for a long time - is that most people really want to share the stories of their own lives." And I'd add to that: most of those people who DO want to share their own stories really don't know how to do it. And that includes me...
posted by ericost on Jun 29, 2000 - 13 comments

And now, here's something we hope you'll really like...
Californian David Simon decided that It Would Be Nice If you could use the Internet like your VCR. The MPAA and the Studios disagreed. Is this guy crazy? Or crazy like a fox?
posted by baylink on Jun 27, 2000 - 8 comments

Another day, another piece of unconstitutional net-censorship legislation in Congress. And this time it's authored by your pal and mine, John "Watch Out for Charlies!" McCain. Perhaps we should start a deadpool for all these bills, giving out some cash to whoever guesses the dates on which the courts throw them out?
posted by aaron on Jun 27, 2000 - 4 comments

Screenfridge!

Screenfridge! 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.
posted by Markb on Jun 27, 2000 - 13 comments

Porn on the net is not a problem.

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?
posted by mathowie on Jun 24, 2000 - 11 comments

Clinton Holds Online "Fireside Chat" While Being Serviced By White House Intern.

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.
posted by solistrato on Jun 24, 2000 - 2 comments

Third Circuit panel upholds injunction against Child Online Protective Act,

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?
posted by baylink on Jun 23, 2000 - 1 comment

Because

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.
posted by Neale on Jun 19, 2000 - 18 comments

The Oscars TM AMPAS will NOT consider any movie that was first shown on the Internet.

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!" have beenShafted.
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.

posted by wendell on Jun 17, 2000 - 3 comments

Oh, cool; someone patented banner ads!

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? :-)
posted by baylink on Jun 15, 2000 - 2 comments

Is this a crock, or what?

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.
posted by ZachsMind on Jun 14, 2000 - 2 comments

Internet dependence among college students

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."
posted by elgoose on Jun 14, 2000 - 10 comments

Parenting: Is Aol Worse Than TV?

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)
posted by Mick on Jun 6, 2000 - 12 comments

"In 21st Century America, harassment and cruelty are fine as long as you don't do it on a computer."

"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?
posted by CrayDrygu on Jun 5, 2000 - 3 comments

Web Stalker,

Web Stalker, 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 :)
posted by sonofsamiam on Jun 3, 2000 - 2 comments

Journaux munis d'un blog

Journaux munis d'un blog The Guardian has a Weblog, as does The Age in Oz. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
posted by joeclark on Jun 1, 2000 - 0 comments

About time too!

About time too! From today, British Telecom effectively lose the right to block free internet access to UK residents (via Kitschbitch )
posted by Markb on Jun 1, 2000 - 2 comments

Flame Warriors!

Flame Warriors! (Recognize yourself? I did...)
posted by Steven Den Beste on May 28, 2000 - 5 comments

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