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?)
Worth has a great story
on how easy it would be for Goto.com to exploit its paying customers. (There may be some registration issues with this link; if it fails, go to the Worth home page
and click on "The Easy Way to Get Rich Click.")
has been nominated for a Webbie Award
in the Personal site category. Other than that, I was not impressed with the nominees.
-Your Navigator to internet audio- Napigator lets you see real-time server statistics and ping times. Allowing you to make the decision of which server you connect to based upon the number of users, files, gigabytes, and network lag.
Foolish mortals we, who had thought that the whole Mahir thing had run its course. We were wrong.
What a downer.
Oh well, that was a fun 6 years or so.
One of the things I like best about the internet is the inherent asynchronousness of communication. I could never come up with a witty comeback about string theory
off the top of my head.
Of course, before I was on the internet, I never had a reason
to make a witty comeback about string theory...
[special thanks to Matt for his dictionary.com
5k gets wired
the .ultimate design kontest
gets notived by wired.
the result is a comment by a despaired jason
Hey, man, don't be too sad, there is far too much good webdesigners that will compete already :)
i just can't think of the shame i would have experienced after watching veen's, jason's, alice's... or granp-pa Zeldie's entries.
What makes me wonder is :: can k10k's team win ?
i'm curious to see what they can do with accessibilty and low-fat in mind, it would definitely bury the 'ala affair' that made some hot-talks weeks ago in some dark areas of the web.
another interrogation, will judges be cruel enougth to view them through some funky toy
We may be lonely, but at least we're enjoying it.
Today, the results of a new internet use survey were released. The main finding is that 70% of users say that the internet is improving their lives, another notable stat was that over 50% of those polled had used the internet before. There was one odd thing they found, almost 60% said they enjoyed the idiot box (TV) more than the internet. Could it be because you actually have to participate to use the internet, and it's not a passive medium? Personally, I can find more enjoyable content on the web in five minutes than I can surfing a TV dial for a week.
Buyer's Guide to Alternadomains
. Can't secure a .com/.org/.net domain? As we know, a host of small nations are selling their domainspace, but the requirements have always been a bit confusing. So I did my research and compiled all the basic information on one page. Now you can comparison-shop among .cc, .gg, and .nu!
What kind of a sick masochist would you have to be to buy your Internet access
from Fry's Electronics
We're not a bunch of internet-loners!
We're vindicated - new study shows that people who become reclusives though using the internet are in a minority.
Do we all need to get out more?
Although they're putting the "too much time with computers, not enough social interaction" spin on this study's findings, there are actually some good results of it. Heavy internet users spend less time in traffic (because they look up traffic
before going anywhere?), less time in malls (shopping online instead, duh), and less time watching TV (this is the best news of all, I barely watch it anymore because it's mostly inane garbage, whereas on the internet, I can find interesting things
). As for the less face time with friends and family, I have a growing number of friends online that I consider to be as close as any Real Life friend could be.
Indiana University Bans use of Napster
It appears that Indiana University has banned the use of Napster recently. Apparently it was accounting for 50% of IU's Internet traffic. Officials are sighting bandwidth as the reason for the ban. I wonder how many schools will follow suit this semester.
AOL jumps on the get-rich-quick bandwagon.
"Every time you generate a new member for AOL who stays for 90 days, AOL will pay you $15. Imagine how much extra cash you could make! Make $20,000, $40,000, $80,000, $100,000 - the sky is the limit!" Wow, it almost sounds easier than working...
An interesting article over at Slashdot on the 9 continents of the Internet
. I've always had a sense that there were these different "circles" that people ran in, but I never could quite pin them down. Of course, I'm not sure that they can be pinned down precisely to 9, but I can appreciate the attempt.
Here is a chance to show what you are made of. Quit your high paying job you have now, for one that will give you the opportunity to "help the children."