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?
is what happens when it gets dark at the renaissance faire and the wizards and wenches start getting loose. madmartigan! madmartigan!
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.
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...
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?
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).
Because nothing says "You Suck!" quite like a website.
"Sucks sites" and how to run them without getting sued...
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
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?
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?
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.
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
Happy birthday, theobvious.com!
Five years on the web is a hell of a long time. A round of applause for Michael!
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.
The Web is 500x larger than we think?
While plausible, it also smacks of a press release...
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
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
I wondered who invented the Internet.
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?
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?