Year 2000 Edition|
It is easy to believe that all websites are successful, but this
simply is not true. CookExpress.com
provides an example: the Internet meal-delivery service has
suspended operations. Visit
CookExpress.com and try to buy something. [Article:
Richard Stallman has posted
a note to the web requesting that everybody refuse to
do business with Amazon. This is because Amazon has
received a patent -- that when coupled with Amazon's
size -- can (and appears will) be used to monopolize
the web. Stallman's plea:
GDT::People:: Who is Richard Stallman?
A website that offers gambling tips on football games for a
subscription fee uses the domain names
and nfltoday.org is being sued for
cybersquatting. In addition, the website provides links to
information provided by the NFL's own website --
nfl.com -- which are
presented within HTML |
The domain name business.com
sold for a $7.5 million, the most ever paid for an Internet address.
The buyer was eCompanies.com.
an incubator for Internet startups.
eCompanies founder Jake Winebaum was quoted:
"If somebody bought a bunch of land a year ago in Los
Angeles, they'd have paid very little for it then. Now
we have a second industrial revolution. This domain is
a prime piece of real estate."
Business.com was purchased for $150,000 three years ago.
The market for rating websites is wide open. There are not many
reliable sources of information to judge the quality of websites.
Consumer Reports has begun rating
eCommerce websites through a new service called eRatings.
The ratings are available only to paying subscribers.
EarthWeb, an Internet company that
provides Internet-related resources, seeked to block a former
employee from working for a competitor for one year (the employee
had signed a contract that contained a clause preventing them
from working for 12 months for someone in "direct competition"
Citing the pace of innovation in the IT industry, a judge refused
to enforce the covenant. The judge found the one-year duration of
the covenant "too long, given the dynamic
nature of this industry, its lack of geographical borders, and the
employee's success depends on keeping abreast of daily changes in
content on the Internet."
Weaving the Web is a new book by
Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee is
the father of the World Wide Web. If we all had Berners-Lee
vision, then we could rename |
If you are not aware of this link, then you owe me... An Interview with Tim Berners-Lee by Wired News.
Marc Andreessen has rounded up a bunch
of talented engineers and entrepreneurs (mostly with Netscape on
their resume) and formed a company called
Loudcloud This company will help Internet companies build
"scalable sites" that can leverage the growing complexity of building
and maintaining big websites.
A California college professor has filed a suit seeking to block
a student operated website at
TeacherReview.com. The website features student reports on
teachers and classes at City College of San Francisco and San
Francisco State University. The instructor claims the website has
turned into an open forum for personal attack and vicious slander.
While many of the comments deal with actual academic content, many
others involve personal attacks on professors. The teacher was called
a "homomaniac," a "racist," "emotionally unbalanced" and "mentally ill".
Other teachers were called "reportedly homicidal" and "drugged out."
The front page of Wednesday's (20 Oct 1999) Arizona
Republic had an article about Tuesday's (19 Oct 1999) launch of the
Encyclopedia Britannica website.
The website was hit so hard that it crashed; in other words, their
servers couldn't handle all the traffic. On Thursday (21 Oct 1999) I visited
the website and was greeted with the following
If the future implies we are going to be wearing computers that are constantly connected to the Internet, then I'm not sure I like what this posting is all about.
The state of Virginia wants to be known as America's
Internet Capital and they are offering car owners cool
Here is the beginning of
a speech given by Dr. Andrew S. Grove to
the Confederation of British Industry:
Good morning everyone. What I would like to talk to you this morning about is the economics of eBusiness. My talk is basically based on a premise that belief and thesis, if you wish, that in some years' time, there will be no such thing as Internet companies because all companies that will be operating will be using the Internet in their business and in their internal operations. This belief is based on the conviction that the Internet provides a competitive advantage to companies that use it, that it is so compelling, and is going to grow even more compelling in time as to bring this thesis around. [21 Sep 1999]
|The AZIPA mailing list has had a major discussion about Internet taxes (should they exist and if so, then how should they be applied). Commercialism of the Internet turns my stomach. The following is an article about how "big-business" wants to filter Internet content in order fatten their wallets. Are We Saving the Net or Censoring for Dollars?|
J. D. Power and Associates
issued a report ranking MindSpring
highest in customer satisfaction among the seven largest
national ISPs. |
The following description of the Internet was obtained from
Dave Barry's 15 August 1999
Miami Herald column.
What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a "modem," can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo. This is called "logging on," and once you are "logged on," you can move the "pointer" of your "mouse" to a "hyperlink," and simply by "clicking" on it, change your "pointer" to an "hourglass." Then you can go to "lunch," and when you come back, there, on your computer screen, as if by magic, will be at least 14 advertisements related to Beanie Babies (which currently are the foundation of the entire world economy). This entire process takes place in less time than it takes for a sperm whale to give birth to twins. [Go to the article: Be an Internet Millionaire, and We May Like You.]
Here is a "real" description of the Internet.
|I am attempting to obtain funds to attend "The Internet Gold Rush of '99: Can We Pan for Gold while Serving the Good? The Pursuit of Wealth and Equity in Cyberspace." It will be held the 2nd and 3rd of October at Stanford Unversity and in sponsered by the CPSR: Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Here are details|
The 25 August 1999 edition of the
Washington Post reported that at least seven gay men who met through
an Internet chat room have been diagnosed with syphilis. The men met
using AOL's SFM4M (San Francisco Men For Men) chat room.
Participants in the chat room use "handles;" therefore, their names and identities are unknown. AOL (which has name information) refused to release data about the users of the chat room.
The Internet Observer is a blog
related to the Internet. It is updated on a weekly basis
and covers a wide array of Internet topics such as privacy,
security, browser usage, server usage, domain name speculation,
ecommerce, and so forth. The following blurb summarizes the
goal of the Internet Observer.
Because of the constant evolution of the Internet this document could be updated every minute of every day, but that would result in too information overflow. The primary objective of the Internet Observer it to open our eyes to just how powerful the Internet is and to help us realize that the Internet is here to stay. We are becoming a "networked" society and if you use the Internet, then you are a member of the cyber-community. If users of the Internet are Internet-literate, then the Internet will be a better place for all of us to work and live.
The Internet Observer was started August of 1998 and as of 01 January 2006 it contained 376 postings. Reviewing archived Internet Observer postings is an one way to get an Internet related history lesson.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) announced that it will launch eGM, a new division intended to tie together the automobile giant's various exercises in ecommerce.
In the 1950s GM's motto was "What's good for GM is good for America." Although this is not as true today as it was then, GM is still a major company and their move to the Internet will be followed by many.
The thing that I find most bothering about this is GM's idea for the NetMobile. This implies drivers will be surfing the Web at the same time they are suppose to be focusing on driving their cars. Yikes! Take a peek at this press release from GM's website.
|Yikes... things just won't let up. First we have to master HTML, then it's XHTML, then it's DHTML, then it's XML, and now, if you want to add smell to your webpage, there is RATML -- Real Aroma Text Markup Language.|
Instant Messaging is the ability of users on the Internet to speak with one another in a "real-time" sort of way.
Microsoft and Yahoo and Prodigy developed programs that allowed their users to communicate with AOL users. AOL didn't like this and started to block incoming messages from Microsoft and Yahoo and Prodigy. Microsoft and Yahoo and Prodigy didn't like this.
Why does AOL care? AOL dominates the instant messaging market by a wide margin; its AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ platforms each have close to 40 million users, according to the company. Opening the AOL system to non-AOL clients would speed adoption of competitors' software and weaken AOL's grip on the audience it has built with Instant Messenger.
On 30 July 1999 the Washington Post reported that AOL Agrees to Work Toward Messaging Standard. Their goal: "To get instant messaging to work like email or the telephone."
Interestingly their goal is already being worked on by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
|A number of Internet companies are offering online file storage to attract users who may want to access their files from any networked computer. Although Apple first declared the floppy disk drive to be obsolete by excluding it from its iMac, it took the innovation of a number of companies, such as NetFloppy.com, My Docs Online, and Visto to offer an alternative to floppy drives. Most of these companies provide free storage of 15 MB to 20 MB of data that can be accessed through the Internet. Although Web-based file storage has yet to achieve notable success, the companies cite the popularity of free email and online calendaring services as a sign that the service will catch on. DATA BUNKERS PROTECT OFF-SITE SITES Corporations are increasingly housing their Web sites in anonymous, ultra-secure warehouse structures located in metropolitan areas across the nation. The Web hosting business is expected to grow from $770 million in 1998 to $12 billion by 2002. The security at these facilities, which house the servers that run the Web sites for many different companies under one roof, is incredibly tight, and often with good reason. Most terrorism experts say that these facilities would make a perfect target for terrorists bent on disrupting the economy and the flow of information. These facilities never advertise what they are, and from the outside look like simple storage buildings. Video cameras monitor every single area of the buildings, and most of these facilities have palm readers that scan the hands of visitors and know who is allowed entry and who is not. Most of the buildings are made of bullet-proof Kevlar and reinforced with concrete so that they could technically survive a car-bomb explosion or withstand rounds fired from an AK-47. A power failure is almost impossible as well, as most Web hosting facilities are connected to two separate power sources, a backup generator, and an enormous battery pack that can power the building for a day if all else fails. (Washington Post 11/09/99)|
CyberAtlas reports that the top three
shopping websites for June 1999 were:
Here is a table of the
Top Twenty Shopping Websites. |
The site provides readers with valuable statistics and Web marketing information, enabling them to understand their business environment and make more informed business decisions. CyberAtlas gathers online research from the best data resources to provide a complete review of the latest surveys and technologies available.
Google has become the underlying search
facility for Netscape
Search on the Netscape Netcenter
portal website. [It replaces |
GeoCities in a
multibillion-dollar stock deal. Yahoo asked GeoCities
"homesteaders" to sign away the rights to their content
and was claiming ownership of all Web pages, articles and
images on member pages. In order to create or update their pages,
members had to give Yahoo
"royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully
sublicensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt,
publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute,
perform and display such content" in any form or media. |
From July 1999 issue of
Business 2.0 [www.business2.com] magazines comes this list of
New Jobs for the New Economy:
New Metrics Analyst, Virtual Organization Leader, Content Engineer, Chief Community Strategist, Ethical Hacker, Email Channel Specialist, Consumer Experience Manager, Metamediary CEO, Chief Knowledge Officer, and Chief Internet Officer.Here are some more from ZDnet:
Broadband Network Installer, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Piracy Investigator, Interactive TV Programmers, Professional Surfers
The following quote was from
Look for America Online CTO Marc Andreessen, one of Netscape's co-founders, to show up in a commercial for Miller Beer. The Miller Brewing Co., a unit of Phillip Morris, picked Andreessen over Internet luminaries Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com) and Joe Kraus (@Home) to star in a commercial for their brew. The spots have yet to filmed, but reportedly will feature Andreessen taking heat for the ".com" craze from comedian Norm MacDonald of Saturday Night Live fame.The Open Source movement may help turn high-tech stars into TV and movie stars. If Miller Beer is good enough for the rich, then who am I to drink anything else.
|It is a bit scarey when the Internet's oldest and most popular Internet-based application has so many security holes in it. Time and time again systems are cracked because of defects with email. Attachments seem to be particular nasty. Bottom line: if a file has an extension that you are not familiar with, then leave it alone. Do NOT click on it or whatever.|
|My long time favorite search engine -- Google -- has just received $25 million in venture capital. Thanks to Kevin Masaryk for the link to an article detailing this transaction.|
I just finished updating my
C and C++ book
recommentations. On those webpages, I have hyperlinks to
each book. The links are primarily provided to supply pictures
of the books, but when a user is at
fatbrain.com they can go ahead a buy the book. |
I like buying books online and when I do I always use fatbrain.com (what a goofus name) instead of amazon.com. Interestingly, Steven Talbott (editor of the NETFUTURE reader-sponsered newsletter) on 14-May-99 authored Why I Never Buy Books From amazon.com. I guarantee you this is an interesting article. Read it!
|The Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley announced last week that it is adding four new classes that focus on electronic commerce. Berkeley Professor Arturo Perez-Reyes says e-commerce is "the single greatest change to business since the invention of money," adding that the new classes are intended to help students adapt their current thought processes to the new and changing Internet market. The courses are: "Internet Marketing Strategy," which addresses online advertising and communication; "Internet Business Design and Development," which enlists the help of IBM to help students design their own online businesses; "Journalism and Business Models in New Media Publishing," which addresses marketing and the credibility of online reporting; and a general course titled "Business-to-Business E-commerce."|
have been registered to keep them out of the hands of those who want
to promote violence. |
Many web users think www.trenchcoat.com promotes bad stuff -- but, the website has created a page defending itself and to set the record straight.
|The domain name www.wallstreet.com, which was auctioned off on 20-Apr-99 by www.com-broker.com, sold for $1.03 million US dollars. One of the sellers (of which there are three) is a 24-year-old Unix administrator who lives in Tucson, AZ. The buyer is Players Sportsbook and Casino.|
What is domain name speculation? Pretend you have a company
named XYZ Inc.. I know about you and your company and
am convinced that it is going to grow into something big. I
go out and register the www.xyz.com
domain name. Your company takes off and you need a website. You
attempt to obtain the |
There are approximately 25,000 standard dictionary words. Only 1800 of the them have not been registered as domain names. Here is a Newsweek.com Cyberscope article that gives a few more details. And here is a list of the remaining available English words.
On 20-Apr-99, www.wallstreet.com will be auctioned off. The are predictions that this domain name will go for seven figures.
One final note, I suspect that soon it will be difficult to have
an Internet-related personal license plate. Checkout the
Internet License Plate
Gallery that is being constructed by
The Strategis Group
issued a press release on 06-Apr-1999 indicating the following:
Ecommerce... this is where we are heading; this is going to be the next Internet-based "killer application." But, in order for ecommerce to be successful, websites must acquire and keep the trust of their visitors.
Email is the oldest Internet-based application in use today. It is also the most popular. The worst thing about the Melissa virus (and all the other email related viruses) is that they destroy trust. Email is almost 30 years old, yet it is continually being mis-used to create disruptions in our lives.
I'm a typical John Doe Internet user and this is what I'm thinking:
If programmers can't secure a relatively simple tool like email in all of this time, then how in the heck are they going to provide secure ecommerce this year and next (if ever)?Everybody who uses the Internet becomes a member of the computing community. The Internet can end up being a great asset in all of our lives, but only if we all abide by the golden rule. We must have zero tolerance for those who treat the Internet as a tool to cause havoc.
Prior the initial bombing,
Belgrade independent Radio B92 was shutdown by the Yugoslovian
Radio B92 was and still is an organization with an influence that goes beyond the scope of a local radio station. A number of intellectuals were included in Radio B92 projects, including one, started in 1993, to establish an Internet site within B92. The obstacles were great, with total misunderstanding from Serbia's official agencies and departments to extreme difficulties in locating foreign partners willing to work on the project in a country under international sanctions.
A tiny light at the end of the tunnel appeared in September 1994 when the Amsterdam Internet site XS4ALL agreed to become an Internet provider for B92. It took over a year for B92 to clear all of the paperwork, locate space, arrange for just one leased telephone line to Amsterdam, and find funding for this new adventure. www.openet.org, Belgrade Radio B92's Internet site, opened on November 14, 1995.
For an excellent article about Radio B92, see Internet in Serbia: From Dark Side of the Moon to the Internet Revolution by Drazen Pantic.
Late 1998, Radio B92 won the MTV Free Your Mind Award.
Email from Veran Matic (28-Mar-99) thanking the world for its support.
Article by Veran Matic (31-Mar-99) opposing the bombings.
interview that aired March 9, 1999 with CNN's Wolf Blitzer,
Al Gore said,
"During my service in the United States Congress,
I took the initiative in creating the Internet.". |
Say what? I've seen a lot of history reports on the creation and development of the Internet, but I have never seen Al Gore's name associated with anything. Gore was 21-years-old and still in law school when the Internet was born.
I guess if some people want to be President, then they will say just about anything. I can only conclude that Gore inhaled prior to making this claim to fame.
Colleges around the country are reporting a surge in
applications this year, in part because the Internet
is making it easier to apply. |
In many cases, application fees are dropped for those who do apply using the Web.
In the past, prospective applicants learned about colleges by sending away for materials and digging through guidebooks. Now, most universities have a website that describe everything from admissions policies to recreation facilities.
Talk about a friendly school, read this article about what
happened to a student at
Southern Utah University. In a nutshell:
the school didn't
like what she was looking at so they booted her out of the lab.
What is your opinion on this? I'm of the opinion that we should have an opinion. The Internet is probably going to become a integral part of our everyday life (whether we like it or not) and there is potential for us to lose some of our 1st Amendment Rights.
|Internet2 is ready to go live this month (24-Feb-99 is the date). What is Internet2? It is the next-generation Internet and it hopes to be as widely available and as reliable as the telephone. Read this article from ZDNET for more details. If you want lots more information, then the "home page" for Internet2 appears to be located at http://www.internet2.edu/.|
|The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed a Virginia law prohibiting state employees from using state-owned computers to access Internet pornography. The law had been challenged by six professors who said it infringed on their First Amendment rights and restricted their ability to do research; for example, several of the professors said the law hampered their research on human sexuality or their studies of sexually explicit poetry. The American Civil Liberties Union calls the ruling an outrageous abridgment of academic freedom. The state attorney general's position is, "All the professor would have to do is get permission to download the material, so it's not going to be a problem... Taxpayers in Virginia should not be forced to pay for state employees to use state computers on state time to download pornography."|
A cookie is a special text file that a website puts on your
hard disk so that it can remember something about you at a later time.
Some people don't like having cookies stored on their computer because
they think they are a liability. To date, cookies have been deemed safe
and users have been told not to worry about them. Well, guess what?
A new bug (defect) has been discovered that can cause both Netscape
Communicator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer to display information
from cookies that contain passwords and other personal data. See the
Browser Bug Exposes Cookie Data article written 10-Feb-99 from
InternetNews.com for details. |
On 11-Feb-99, Internet.com provided the following update:
Netscape said the problem was caused by corrupted cookie files and not any problem with the browser or Web server software. Netscape said the cookie files Smith supplied are missing a carriage return command at the end of some entries, causing the Web server to keep reading the file after the point where it would normally stop.
|There is a lot of goofy stuff out there on the Internet and most of it is provided under the protection of the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech. However, on Tuesday (02-Feb-99), a federal jury ordered anti-abortion activists to pay more than US$100 million over a website and posters. After a three-week trial and more than five days of deliberations, the jury agreed with plaintiffs who argued that The Nuremberg Files website and wanted-man-style posters depicting physicians who performed abortions intimidated doctors and limited access to abortion clinics. Short article from Wired News.|
|Search Voyeur @ Magellan Internet Guide lets up peek at what type of search queries people are using. This is a complete waste of time and you can end up coming across some perverted stuff, but it can be interesting if you have absolutely nothing to do. Not only do you see the search strings, but you can also see what the results of their search was. Needless to say, be prepared to encounter anything and everything.|
|A North Hollywood man has become the first perpetrator to be prosecuted under California's new cyber-stalking law. Gary S. Dellapenta, a 50-year-old security guard, has been charged with stalking, computer fraud and solicitation of sexual assault. After his romantic advances were rebuffed by a woman he met at church, he proceeded to post ads in her name on America Online, Hotmail and other Internet sites that described fantasies of being gang-raped. When people responded, he revealed personal information about her, from the address of her apartment to her physical description, her phone number and how to bypass her home security system. Law enforcement officials have predicted that such crimes will proliferate, aided by the decrease in personal privacy and the anonymity of cyberspace.|
|In order to provide a sitemap for my website, I created a "yahoo-like" webpage called ThurmHoo!. I doubt if Yahoo! will be upset about this, but they are definitely mad at YaHooka -- The Guide to Marijuana on the Internet. Yahooka is a "yahoo-like" website (similar name, similar format) that is a directory of marijuana-related information and sites. Yahoo! is concerned that the public will mistakenly believe that Yahooka is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo! Here are a bunch of details found at the Yahooka website.|
|Nawaki Hashimoto, a science teacher/pharmacist, created a website from which he peddled cyanide pills. He had stocked up enough of these potassium laced pills to kill 3000 people. On 15-Dec-98, a Tokyo woman swallowed a dose and died. On the same day, Hashimoto himself was found dead from cyanide poisoning. Japan is concerned about this stuff and many are saying that some type of Internet monitoring is required.|
Microsoft is suing two Texas men in federal court for registering the
Internet domain names |
|This is the definitive history of the Internet and an updated version of it is now available at http://www.isoc.org/zakon/Internet/History/HIT.html.|
|It is been tough watching Internet related stocks go bonkers (e.g. during 1998 Amazon up 966%, Yahoo up 606%, AOL up 522%, Ebay up 434% and so on). For the small investor (e.g. John Q. Public and Jane Doe) picking individual stocks can be tough and it is difficult to get properly diversified; therefore, many of us turn to Mutual Funds for help. Lately, I have been wondering if there are any Mutual Funds that concentrate on Internet stocks only. Guess what I found? An article on Internet Funds.|
Author: Gerald D. Thurman
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:18:20 MST