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The End Of The Internet

Since this the end of Internet Observer postings for this month, year, century, and millennium, we decided to pass along a hyperlink to The End of the Internet.
[29 December 2000, top]

Google News for Google-holics

Sometimes the real-world aspects of computing suck. A couple of weeks ago, Google placed the following on their homepage.
Have a credit card and 5 minutes? Get your ad on Google today.

If you click the hyperlink, then you go to Google's Self-Service Advertising System.

Google remains cool, however, because their advertisements are presented using HTML -- you are not subjected to banner ads that blink, rotate, go up and down, and detract the hell out of you.

[More Google News]
Google has a new toolbar you can install that keeps track of every website you visit in order for them to analyze your search and surfing patterns. "By using the Advanced Features version of the Google Toolbar, you may be sending information about the sites you visit to Google," Google warns during the Toolbar installation process. Google Product Tracker Could Raise Privacy Concerns [CNET.com]

[Even More Google News]
This seems like a bunch of stuff to me, but I guess there are users out their who expect Google to suppress all fake websites. Here was their test: They used Google to search for nude pictures of Liv Tyler. Did Smut Spammers Scan Google? [WiredNews]

[22 December 2000, top]


Wireless, wireless, wireless... appears to be today's most popular buzzword. It's going to happen, but I'm in no hurry for it. Again, Jakob Nielsen bellies up to the bar and announces that WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) sucks and doesn't work. [Goto related Alertbox article.]

Despite Jakob's findings, wireless communications has a lot of momentum and money behind it. Unchaining the Net from Salon.com is an article about the increasing popularity of wireless communications. [Hyperlink obtained from an AZIPA posting.]

[Extra Item] Pets.com, which is now a dot-nothing, donated more than 21 tons of dog food to help mushers in Alaska's Interior. [Goto related WiredNews article.]

[15 December 2000, top]

Numerous Major Websites Experiencing Outages

Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Wal-mart.com have all suffered outages or slowdowns in the past couple of weeks. This news was reported on the front page of the AZ Republic Business section. Some of the quotes in the article are hard to believe, but are facts of computing.
"Walmart.com's new website dropped offline three times over a weekend as, the company said, new features were being installed. The outages ranged from 60 to 90 minutes."

"Amazon.com has suffered three shutdowns lasting from 15 to 40 minutes since the day after Thanksgiving." Quote on quote: We believe we've debugged the system now, said a company spokesperson.

Downtimes are un-acceptable if we want the Internet to become a ubiquitous tool. Large companies can tolerate downtimes because they have size and money, but small websites can't afford to be sloppy like these companies have been. I suspect the software practices that are being employed to maintain these websites is average at best.

[Update] On 08 Dec 2000 the AZ Republic had an article about ASU going after ASUNudes.com. In addition, a student reported to me that they saw information about ASU and ASUNudes.com on the local nightly news.

[08 December 2000, top]

[XXX Postings] ASU vs. ASUNudes.com and Beaver College Name Change

WARNING: This week's postings are for mature audiences.
ASU Not Happy With ASUNudes.com
I picked up a copy of the ASU State Press and learned that ASU is considering taking legal action against ASUNudes.com The website -- which is nothing but porn -- uses ASU colors and has the following phrase on its homepage: " Sexy Devils." The University is not happy that ASUNudes.com wants to put a video camera into one of the dorms. The website's homepage does display a pop-up browser window that contains a disclaimer stating that the website is not affiliated with ASU in any way, but ASU says the disclaimer is no good. [I think ASU is right -- if a user has client-side scripting disabled, then they don't see the disclaimer pop-up.]

Beaver College Changes It Name
Beaver College has announced that it will change its name to Arcadia University, a move that university officials hope will reverse the trend of declining enrollment they attributed to the old name. Earlier we reported that Beaver College (because of its name which has been in use since 1853) was being blocked by many Internet filtering programs. [More...]

[01 December 2000, top]

French Order Yahoo to Deny Them Access to Nazi Items

The following may be a step toward imposing national boundaries on the frontier-free Internet.
On 20 November 2000, a French judge ruled that Yahoo will face daily fines if it does not block French users from auctions of Nazi items on Yahoo's website. The judge gave Yahoo 90 days to comply with the ruling; after that, the company will face fines of about $13,000 a day. [ CNN Article]

This sucks. If the French don't want their citizens to visit auctions.yahoo.com, then why don't they do their own blocking, filtering, censorship, or whatever you want to call it? I don't see how this ruling can be enforced without the U.S. courts getting involved [and that we do NOT want]. If I was Yahoo, I'd tell the French government to worry about running their country and to take a flying leap off their goofy Eiffel Tower.

[24 November 2000, top]

ICANN Selects Seven New gTLDs

ICANN has selected seven (7) new generic top-level domain names:
	.aero  .biz    .name     .info
	.pro   .coop   .museum  
I thought for sure .shop would be selected. If you want to buy foofoo's, then go to foofoo.shop But if you want to see if there is something real (e.g. a company) behind foofoo.shop then you would visit foofoo.com I like .info We have the LearningAboutComputing.com domain name and I'm interested in getting LearningAboutComputing.info To me .museum is too long, too hard to spell, and probably will be frequently redundant (e.g. MuseumOfScienceAndIndustry.museum) And is .biz for show-biz or is it the New Economy's term for biz-ness. I guess .pro could be fun... HerbMumford.pro My dad's domain name (if he wants one) will be TrumanThurman.name [ Washington Post Article]

[Bonus Item] Internet 2 and the Next Generation Initiative
Thanks JasonI for this interesting article. Internet 2 will be great, but it is not going to happen anytime soon [particularly for the masses]. The article is worth reading for many reasons, but I found it interesting that TCP/IP has problems when it runs on ultra-high speed networks: Reliable transmission of data must be an absolute guarantee. We are lucky that many of the fathers of the ARPANET and Internet are around to help work on the next generation Internet(s?).

[17 November 2000, top]

We May Have to Pay to Use Napster

Napster signed a deal with Bertelsmann (which owns the BMG recording label and was suing Napster) to create a new, non-copyright-infringing file-trading service. Sadly, Napster usage may come with a service charge ($4.95 per month has been discussed). Here is the story provided by [Inside] Music.
[Side-bar] At 8:00pm MST on 04 Nov 2000, there was almost 2 million files available on Napster. A month ago, this number rarely exceeded 1 million. I down-loaded a great version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell"e; recorded live in Dallas, TX in 1987. To me this is one of the great features of Napster -- getting copies of live music.
[10 November 2000, top]

I Promise to Vote for Bore (oops Gore), but...

The Internet has enabled the following:
"A trading system whereby a Gore voter in a non-swing state promises to vote for Nader if a Nader voter in a swing state promises to vote for Gore. If current polls are right, then it would only take about 2% of the vote in a couple of the larger swing states where Nader is doing well, say Oregon and Wisconsin, to change the outcome. That's about 70,000 people, well within the reach of the Internet, especially given that the voters most likely to go for such a scheme are probably among the most wired of voters already."
Numerous election related websites have been shutdown because the Internet is changing everything. Its reach, depth, and open-ness are amazing. Our form of government does not allow things to be done in a timely and efficient fashion. The Internet is spawning a continuous stream of social and political and legal questions. I'm convinced that the following saying is true: "When it rains, it pours."
[03 November 2000, top]

A Smorgasbord of Items

This week's Internet Observer is a smorgasbord of items...
  • Next year, Verizon Communications, is going to include email addresses in their phone books. Residents of NY, New England and the mid-Atlantic states will be able to include their email addresses as well as URLs to their websites.
  • Microsoft announced that it will spend $1 billion to promote its MSN network of websites. $150 million goes to TV and Internet ads and the rest on promotions, rebates, and various marketing programs.
  • The Clinton administration has decided to review the privacy practices of government Websites in response to a damning study from the General Accounting Office. The study determined that 13 government agencies failed to follow the administration's policy against tracking visitors to government websites.
[27 October 2000, top]

Judge Rules Against Website Selling Votes

From Court TV Online comes news that a judge ordered the temporary shutdown of a website that offers to sell votes to the highest bidder, pending a lawsuit that alleges it violates U.S. election laws. The website -- Austrian owned VoteAuction.com -- collects absentee ballots from voters, verifies them, and then sells them. [ More from CourtTV.com]

[Extra -- CyberSquatting News]
The WIPO has granted pop-star Madonna the rights to the Madonna.com domain name.
[20 October 2000, top]

ICANN (what is it, elections, new TLDs)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit, international corporation that oversees the management of the domain name system (DNS) and the allocation of IP address, unveiled a web site aimed at luring "at-large" members. The program was created as a new way for Internet users from all over the globe to participate directly in the ICANN process and help ensure the smooth coordination of the Internet's technical infrastructure.

Some of the most hardest criticism of ICANN has come from Internet stake holders who claim that the organization is making key decisions about Internet governance without consulting the Internet community. The at-large membership is supposed to provide a voice for those who have a stake in the disposition of the DNS (i.e. almost all Internet users).

On 10 October 2000, ICANN finished holding an election for five new board members and here is a note about the election results.

On 02 October 2000, ICANN stopped taking applications for new Top-Level Domains (TLDs). A whole bunch have been suggested.

[13 October 2000, top]

University of Idaho; Sting; Madonna

University of Idaho has removed a picture of nine students from the top of its homepage after discovering that it had been altered to replace the heads of two white students with those of two minority students. 8% of the school's 10,500 students are minorities. [UofI has an interesting mascot name -- Vandals. The school is located in Moscow, Idaho.]

[Extra -- CyberSquatting News]
Sting [the rock star] lost a cybersquatter case. The domain Sting.com was found to have been purchased in good faith.

Remember the dispute over Madonna.com? The current owner was using the website for pornography. Madonna sued and now the owner wants to give the name to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, who already owns Madonna.org

[06 October 2000, top]

IBM Rates an Olympics Gold Medal

IBM has done a good job computerizing the Olympics and this includes the Olympics.com website. 13 millions lines of code, 7000 PCs and 2000 touch-screen terminals networked together, and 540 server computers. The website provides real-time scoreboards and information about every athlete from every country. Over 5.7 million people from 146 countries have resulted in 7.3 billion hits. Expectations are a hit count of over 11 billion when the Olympics are finally over. According to an IBM executive "The complexity of this is like putting a man in space." I believe it. The lack of live-action telecasts to the U.S. has helped the website's popularity.
[29 September 2000, top]

Internet2: Bigger, Faster, ... Better?

Here we are busting butt to learn about the Internet and on the horizon there is Internet 2. Will it be twice as good? I received the content for this posting via email from Edupage:
Edupage is a service of EDUCAUSE, an international nonprofit association dedicated to transforming education through information technologies.
Internet2's latest advance is the Next Generation Internet
(NGI)Initiative's ultra-fast network, vBNS (very high-performance
backbone network service), which now links nearly 200 campuses.
The network handles powerful new applications, allowing
astronomers, for example, to remotely manipulate telescopes at an
observatory in Hawaii from anywhere in the world. Work is
proceeding on the Abilene network and on Internet service quality
so collaborative medical procedures, for example, will not be
disrupted by e-mail traffic. Meanwhile, the University of
Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory is
working on technology that allows users to walk around and
inspect 3D images.  The next Internet will link these virtual
spaces, called "caves," allowing designers in Germany to look at
a car model located in Detroit. Students, too, are expected to
benefit from Internet2 technology as universities such as
Northwestern allow them to send and receive video from their dorm
rooms. (Interactive Week, August 28 2000)
[22 September 2000, top]

EPIC and Amazon, f...edCompany.com, dot-tv

Great stuff this week...
EPIC -- Electronic Privacy Information Center has announced they will no longer affiliate with Amazon. EPIC is not happy with Amazon's adjustment to their privacy policy. [Note: EPIC is annoyed with other things Amazon has done -- this latest event was the final straw.] EPIC and Amazon.com Press Release
F...edCompany.com is for sale -- recent bid: $9.3 Million. Here is $9.3 million rendered in code: 9,300,000. Users of this website predict dot-coms that are going to fail [i.e. go away -- be a dot-nothing once again]. More from Forbes.com
Tuesday 4:30pm on KSLX I hear an advertisement for registering dot-tv domain names. It appears there are people speculating that dot-tv names have value. As of Fri Sep 15 10:21:40 MST 2000 they do. goto http://www.tv [excellent URL -- I wish it was mine].
[15 September 2000, top]

MP3.com in Danger of Dying AND More Napster News

U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff issued a ruling that MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP) willfully infringed Universal Music Group's copyrighted works in connection with the company's My.MP3.com service, which was designed to enable consumers to listen online to the CDs they purchase. The court also set the statutory damages amount that Universal could potentially recover from the case at $25,000 per CD [and we are talking about a lot of CD's -- so many that if this rulling stands, MP.com may have to pay out over $250 million which in turn may cause it to go out of business]. Will MP3.com Survive?

The lawyer for the rock band Metallica and the rap artist Dr. Dre has sent letters to 11 prominent universities asking the institutions to restrict students' access to Napster, the popular MP3 file-sharing service. Letters went out recently to Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford Universities, and the University of Virginia. [ Article from Chronicle.com]

[08 September 2000, top]

Olympics.com to Blind Users: Bummer

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission had ruled that the maintainers of http://Olympics.com modify the website to make it more accessible to blind people. Olympic organizers rejected this ruling on 28 August 2000 because they thought it would take more than a year to design/implement the modifications and cost $1 million.
[01 September 2000, top]

Madonna.com is/was a Porn Website

From WiredNews::Politics comes Material Girl Wants Her Good Name
Madonna, irked when a man paid $20,000 for the rights to the domain Madonna.com and turned it into a porn site, filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization's domain dispute arbitrators. [ http://WIPO.org]
[Extra] Owner of Survivor.com is happy the CBS hit "Survivor" is over. From WiredNews::Culture comes Survivor.com Will Survive
[25 August 2000, top]

Don't Cybersquat Jethro Tull or Jimi Hendrix

Cybersquatting is an interesting phenomenon. In my programming classes we are always harping about how important it is to use good names when declaring classes, variables, methods, files, directories and so forth. With respect to the Internet, some names when appended by a dot-com have monetary value associated with them. Cybersquatting is the art of selecting a name that you think somebody will want in the future and they will pay you money for it. In some cases, however, names are copyrighted or trademarked and these names can be taken away from a cybersquatter and returned to their rightful owner. Here are two examples:
Jethro Tull Blasts Cybersquatter Off Web Site (jethrotull.com)
Jimi Hendrix Family Business Wins Web Address (jimihendrix.com)
[18 August 2000, top]

U.S. Postal Service Wants to be Email Monster

The U.S. Postal Service plans to offer every residential street address in the country -- all 120 million of them -- free email addresses, and link email identities with physical addresses on a massive scale. Critics say the plan will essentially create the largest spam database in history. Here is more from the Philanthropy New Network. [Item obtained from the AZIPA mailing list.]
[11 August 2000, top]

ThurmBit: Napster's Cool

Napster has been in the news a lot over the course of the last few months. Late July the website was ordered to shutdown, but two days later that ruling was over-ruled. As of 04 August 2000 Napster is still up and running. Here is a recently completed ThurmBit: Napster's Cool.
[04 August 2000, top]

Yahoo! To Use Google's Search Engine

Yahoo has selected Google to be its default search engine provider replacing Inktomi. [Inktomi's stock [nasdaq: INKT] fell hard (18%) on the news.]
[30 June 2000, top]

British Telecom Claims a Patent on the Hyperlink

British Telecommunications announced it has owned a patent to one of the critical components of the Internet for 14 years. BT is believed to hold a U.S. patent over "hyperlinks," which enable web users to move from one page to another by clicking on pictures or text. Here is a hyperlink to their patent.
[22 June 2000, top]

I've Framed the NPR Website

The National Public Radio (NPR) homepage located at http://npr.org contains a message warning that it should not be framed. How do they enforce this? I've gone ahead and framed it.
[16 June 2000, top]

Stanford-Poynter Project::EyeTracking Online News

Online news reading patterns differ greatly from newspaper and magazine reading patterns, according to a new study from the Poynter Institute and Stanford University.
"People reading news on Internet sites tend to focus on the article text first, looking at photos and graphics afterwards. Those who read newspapers and magazine do the opposite: look at illustrations first then read the text.

Internet users who read news online read 75 percent of each article whereas newspaper and magazine readers read less than 30 percent of each article."

Here is a hyperlink to the report Stanford-Poynter Project::EyeTracking Online News
[09 June 2000, top]

WWW is a Great Source for Fake IDs

The WWW Internet application is allowing a growing number of websites to offer the opportunity to create or buy all sorts of counterfeit identification documents. Some estimates indicate that 30 percent of all phoney IDs now come from the Internet. From the Washington Post comes the article Web Also Revolutionizing ID Fakery.
[02 June 2000, top]

Google Wins a Webby Award

On 12 May 2000 Google won a Webby Award - the online industry's highest and most prestigious honor - in the category of Best Technical Achievement. Google's highly praised search destination site was among five websites vying for the prestigious award at the 4th Annual Webby Award Ceremony. [ Google Press Release | Webby Awards]

[27 May 2000, top]

Most Popular 100 Internet Search Words

There are people earning a living trying to get webpages to appear at the top of search results. I don't think any two search engines work a like; therefore, this is a difficult (if not impossible) task. One piece of information that helps it to know what words and phrases users search for. SearchWords.com tracks this data and provides it to us for free. On 22 May 2000, here was the top ten words from the uncensored listing of the most popular 100 Internet search words.
    1) mp3       2) sex        3) hotmail    4) yahoo   
    5) warez     6) pokeman    7) n64 roms   8) chat      
    9) pamela anderson        10) playboy
[22 May 2000, top]

Why Does Anyone Use Hotmail?

A new security hole in Microsoft's Hotmail service allows enterprising snoops to browse your email messages without a password. If a Hotmail user clicks on an attachment that contains a Javascript Trojan horse, an attacker can read, send, and delete messages from that person's account. [ More... from WiredNews::Technology].

[15 May 2000, top]

Be Careful Who You Hyperlink To

I may be violating the law by providing you a hyperlink to http://www.4thc.com. Why? Because advertising drug paraphernalia is illegal in the United States. And if a bill passed by the United States Senate last year becomes law, it would also be illegal to hyperlink to that webpage with the "intent to facilitate or promote" its business. [Information provided by Declan McCullagh. See MojoWire for details. [Bree provides her visitors with a hyperlink for a virtual acid trip.]]
[05 May 2000, top]

About the .tv Domain Name Country Code

The Island nation of Tuvalu cashed in on the its top level domain name .tv. DotTV.com [the epicenter for Internet entertainment -- their motto, not mine] has agreed to pay Tuvalu lots of money in royalties over the next decade for use of the country code. DotTV.com intends to sell domain names ending with .tv, such as www.good.tv. Here is an article from USAToday::Life. [Visit Tuvalu.]
[28 Apr 2000, top]

shh.com, shhh.com, shhhh.com, shhhhh.com

The following quote is from Keith Dawson -- editor of the Tasty Bits from the Technology Front (TBTF).
In "Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me," Dr. Evil tells his son to shut up in several creative ways, one of which is "dubya-dubya-dubya dot SHHHH!!! dot com!!" (shh.com, shhh.com, shhhh.com and shhhhh.com are all registered to different people; the first one available now is shhhhhh.com)
Go to TBTF located at http://www.tbtf.com
[21 Apr 2000, top]

Mr. Oxford University

In order to keep his domain name -- www.oxford-university.com -- Mr. Doc Seagle has become Mr. Oxford University. The Sydney [Australia] Morning Hearld serves up Cybersquatter Changes Name to Keep Domain Name.
[14 Apr 2000, top]

Netscape 6 is Released (beta-version)

AOL has released Netscape 6 [What happened to version 5?] I have not reviewed this product, but here are some comments I have heard about it...

Too many hooks to the AOL and Netscape portals. The chrome is too busy. The chrome is smaller. Overall memory requirements of the browser is smaller. Better support for CSS and DHTML [behaves more like MSIE].

Here are more details for those who have used Netscape 6...

Netscape Browser Slims Down, Opens Up from ZDNET::PC Week.
Netscape 6: Does Anyone Care? from WiredNews::Technology.
Audio Interview from WiredNews::Radio

Mattel/CyberPatrol/cphack/legal stuff/GNU Story Continues
The ACLU has filed lawsuits against Mattel on behalf of those people who mirrored the cphack program and are currently being harassed (threatened with legal crap) by Mattel.

[07 Apr 2000, top]

Mattel/CyberPatrol/cphack/legal stuff/GNU

CyberPatrol is an Internet filtering program owned by Mattel (the huge toy company). A couple of hackers wrote a program (cphack) that can be used to obtain a list of blocked websites. Mattel sued the hackers and immediately cphack was mirrored around the Internet. Mattel didn't like this so they demanded that all copies of cphack be removed from the Internet and threatened lawsuits against those who resisted. Mattel started issuing Esubpenas and a judge ruled that these subpenas would be enforceable.
Judge Harrington entered a temporary restraining order prohibiting any further publication of "CP4break.zip" or "cphack.exe" or any derivative thereof, which likely violate United States copyright laws.
Mattel later settled with the hackers and bought the "rights" to the cphack. Now those people having copies of cphack may be violating copyright laws (or whatever). But it turns out that the cphack program may have been distributed using GNU Licensing and that the hackers were not legally allowed to sell cphack to Mattel. At this point and time everybody is confused: Mattel, the hackers, the Open Source movement, me, and probably you. The following resources are useful.

PeaceFire -- contains a list of websites blocked by CyberPatrol
Politech -- by Wired News reporter Declan McCullagh
[31 Mar 2000, top]

Beaver College Getting Filtered

Beaver College has had problems with its name many times in the past, but now some Internet filtering programs are preventing people from accessing the school's website. Plus some email filters are preventing receipt of messages originating from the school. Things have gotten so bad that the school is considering a name change. Here is an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Will mentioning Beaver College cause the Internet Observer to be filtered?

Next week... a story about Cyber Patrol which is a filtering program owned by Mattel, and the code one requires to hack its list of blocked sites is running loose on the Internet and Mattel is fighting mad about this. Thurman says: boycott Mattel.

[24 Mar 2000, top]

That Smell... Can't You Smell That Smell

Digiscents Inc. is working on a technology that turns smells into digital codes. They are working a device called iSmell that reads a digital scent file and creates a smell from a palette of 128 chemicals. Adding smell to programs may potentially enhance computer games and other electronic products.

Questions: Do websites need to be smell-enabled? What will it mean if someone claims your website stinks?

Digiscents is not alone. Checkout RATML -- the RealAroma Text Markup Language

[10 Mar 2000, top]

Just Say NO to Amazon.com

Software patents can zap the fun out of computer programming. Amazon.com is a dominate Internet-based entity that has been awarded patents that are not good for the computing community. Many talented computer professionals have stepped forward in an effort to keep things good for us everyday hackers.
Stallman::Boycott Amazon!
O'Reilly::An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos
TechWeb::Amazon Associates Plan Wins Patent Protection
US05960411::Method and System for Placing a PO via a Communications Network
[03 Mar 2000, top]

City in MI Says No to Internet Filtering

Holland, MI voted down an ordinance that would have required computers in public libraries to install Internet filters to keep kids away from porn. According to MSNBC, it was the first such ballot measure in the country. Here is an article about the event from CNN.com Technology. {Source: The Standard}
[25 Feb 2000, top]

The License Plate Gallery

If you are into custom license plates, then you may find the License Plate Gallery from webreference.com interesting. Their plate collection keeps growing and growing and growing.
[20 Feb 2000, top]

ping... ping... ping... ping... ping...

On 28 Dec 1999, the Computer Emergency Response Team issued the following advisory: CERT Advisory CA-99-17 Denial-of-Service Tools. On 07 Feb 2000 and 08 Feb 2000 major "Denial-of-Service" attacks were launched against the world's largest websites (Yahoo, Ebay, CNN, and so on).

This Internet crack has all kinds of rumors behind it. Here are just a few of what I have heard: it was conducted by our Government to test just how bad Internet security is; it was due to Y2K problems in many of the routers; a good portion of the attacks were conducted using Stanford University's network.

On 02 Feb 2000, the Computer Emergency Response Team issued CERT Advisory CA-2000-02: Malicious HTML Tags Embedded in Client Web Requests. Wow... I can hardly wait for this one to manifest itself.

The Free On-Line Dictionary Of Computing (FOLDOC) helps us answer the question... what is ping?

[12 Feb 2000, top]

Wecome to Half.com, Oregon

On 20 Jan 2000, the town of Halfway, Oregon [population 360, located 40 miles southwest of Hells Canyon in Eastern Oregon] officially changed its name to Half.com, Oregon. [Source: HTML Goodies Express]
[04 Feb 2000, top]

The Web Has 1 Billion Unique Pages

Inktomi and the NEC Research Institute, Inc. have completed a new study that verifies the web has grown to more than one billion unique pages. Inktomi has been crawling the web over the past 4 months using a fast ethernet connection to build the WebMap database. They analyze certain properties of each webpage: for example rich media files, pornographic content, and search-engine spoofing. For some interesting numbers, take a look at the Inktomi Webmap.
[28 Jan 2000, top]

Business-to-Business Business is Big Business

Nobody can predict what's going to happen with the Internet over the next few years, but one popular belief is that revenue generated by B2B (Business-to-Business) transactions conducted via the Internet will exceed that generated by B2C (Business-to-Consumer). Some reliable sources predict that by 2003 B2B revenues will be 10 times greater B2C revenues. [XML is going to play a big role in accomplishing this.]
[22 Jan 2000, top]

Why is There an Internet Observer?

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.

[02 Jan 2000, top]
Author: G.D.Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:20:35 MST