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Somebody found my blog while searching for a 'doctor's surgery webpage'.

Somebody found my blog while searching for a 'doctor's surgery webpage'. AltaVista, Yahoo, Lycos -- 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 McQueen smoking the other day. And for God's sake don't get me onto the utterly pointless localised versions or the abyssmal AltaVista picture search.
posted by James Bachman on Oct 16, 2000 - 24 comments

"We probably don't want your business. Go away."

"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)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 15, 2000 - 14 comments

NYTimes.com has low security

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?
posted by rschram on Oct 13, 2000 - 8 comments

Crime does pay.

Crime does pay.
posted by highindustrial on Oct 13, 2000 - 3 comments

The Internet caused the Columbine massacre,

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.
posted by rcade on Oct 11, 2000 - 13 comments

Yahoo! Buzz

Yahoo! Buzz See what everyone on Yahoo is looking for (excluding porn)
posted by owillis on Oct 5, 2000 - 2 comments

I don't recall having heard from anybody that the consumer experience of getting online required redefinition.
posted by baylink on Oct 5, 2000 - 12 comments

Private school ejects Sailor Moon fan

Private school ejects Sailor Moon fan for inadvertently 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]
posted by harmful on Oct 4, 2000 - 16 comments

Don't just sit there, go buy some un-used 3 Letter Acronym domain names for the heck of it.
posted by riffola on Oct 2, 2000 - 12 comments

Al Gore and the Internet

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.
posted by peterme on Oct 2, 2000 - 4 comments

Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains

Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains for a limited time. What's the catch?
posted by mathowie on Sep 30, 2000 - 10 comments

What happened to the Open Directory?

What happened to the Open Directory? Does anyone know why this site has gone down?
posted by fbeach on Sep 28, 2000 - 7 comments

"Internet Killed The Video Star"

"Internet Killed The Video Star" should be the Official© Anthem of the Internet
posted by owillis on Sep 26, 2000 - 5 comments

NBCi

NBCi 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"?
posted by owillis on Sep 25, 2000 - 7 comments

Pseudo is Dead.

Pseudo is Dead. Shocked, I tell ya, shocked.
posted by owillis on Sep 18, 2000 - 10 comments

That 2-way satellite Internet service

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...
posted by baylink on Sep 17, 2000 - 15 comments

Proprietary URLs?

Proprietary URLs? How many of these non-standard prefixes does your system support?

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.

More inside...
posted by anildash on Sep 15, 2000 - 2 comments

New Go?

New Go? 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?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 15, 2000 - 12 comments

Narcissism at it's worst?

Narcissism at it's worst? People post their pictures and are rated by everyone else. Kind of sick, but I still look at it.
posted by owillis on Sep 15, 2000 - 6 comments

Has Google finally sold out?

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?
posted by straight on Sep 13, 2000 - 8 comments

k10k redesign?

k10k redesign? 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.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 12, 2000 - 8 comments

All Hands On Deck.

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!
posted by baylink on Sep 9, 2000 - 0 comments

Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia

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.
posted by johnb on Sep 8, 2000 - 1 comment

Does the United States Need a Chief Information Officer?

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.
posted by capt.crackpipe on Sep 6, 2000 - 2 comments

Imagine that. A chat-enabled telephone...

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...
posted by quonsar on Sep 4, 2000 - 8 comments

Hands off the Internet!

Hands off the Internet! Argh. It frustrates me that we can't get "The Powers That Be" to see things this way.
posted by owillis on Sep 3, 2000 - 2 comments

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

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