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Google, Microsoft, Sun, UC-Berkeley Create RADLabs

What a line up... Google, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and UC-Berkeley.

RAD is the "Reliable, Adaptive and Distributed Systems." The RAD Lab is being "staffed initially by six UC Berkeley faculty members and 10 computer science graduates, the lab plans to develop an array of Web-based software services that will be given away to anyone who wants it."

RADLab.CS.Berkeley.edu:: RAD Lab

[29 December 2005, top]

ICANN Told To Reduce Fake WhoIs Data

It is reasonable to want "truthful" 'whois' data, but enforcement is a difficult problem to solve.

CNET News.com:: ICANN told to clamp down on dodgy domain names

[Extra] I "archived" all of my gmail.com email messages effectively clearing my in-box. The resulting Gmail screen contained the following message.

No new mail! There's always Google News if you're looking for something to read.

[28 December 2005, top]

Vint Cerf Speaks About "Net Neutrality"

Google used Vinton Cerf to help them communicate about the importance of keeping the Internet 'neutral' when it comes to content controls and bandwidth usage. Here are some quotes from Cerf's letter to Congress.
    "The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers 
     over new content or services."

The Internet has had a great 3.5 decades thanks to having "no gatekeepers."

   "Enshrining a rule that broadly permits network operators to 
    discriminate in favor of certain kinds of services and to 
    potentially interfere with others would place broadband 
    operators in control of online activity."

Controlling "content/services" -- what power.

   "Allowing broadband providers to segment their IP offerings 
    and reserve huge amounts of bandwidth for their own services 
    will not give consumers the broadband Internet our country 
    and economy need."

It is all about who controls the "pipe."

   "Telephone companies cannot tell consumers who they can call; 
    network operators should not dictate what people can do online."

Agreed! And Congress should, too.

GoogleBlog::Blogspot.com:: Vint Cerf speaks out on net neutrality

[24 December 2005, top]

Wikipedia Continues To Make The News

The Wikipedia continues to be in the news, but the news, which had been completely negative, has turned more positive. The December issue of The Communications of the ACM contained a co-authored editorial about the risks associated with the Wikipedia. On 16 December 2005, the front section of the Arizona Republic had a report about the quality of the Wikipedia's science articles. [17 December 2005, top]

ICANN and Domain Names In The News

Plans to provide the dot-xxx TLD for adult-oriented online content were put on hold again by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN chairman, Vint Cert, said the dot-xxx issue had been removed from the agenda of an upcoming board meeting while the organization reviews the proposal further. Bottom-line: the dot-xxx TLD is a gold mine to whomever gets to control it.

[Extra] During October 2005 ICANN granted control of the dot-com and dot-net TLDs to Verisign, Inc. Now the Coalition for ICANN Transparency (CFIT) and the World Association of Domain Name Developers (WADND) have filed antitrust lawsuits in federal court against ICANN alleging that the agreement gives VeriSign monopoly control over the most widely used domain name registries.

[Extra] ICANN is considering allowing single-letter domain names. To date, three single-letter addresses-- Q.com, by Qwest Communications, X.com, by eBay's and Z.com, by Nissan--are already taken and have been since 1993, before ICANN took the rest off the market.

[10 December 2005, top]

The Wikipedia Contains Dis-Information

John Seigenthaler had a bogus 'biography' written about him in the Wikipedia. Needless to say, he was greatly upset about this event and luckily for him he could get his voice published in USA Today.
   "I have no idea whose sick mind conceived the false, 
    malicious 'biography' that appeared under my name 
    for 132 days on Wikipedia, the popular, online, 
    free encyclopedia whose authors are unknown and 
    virtually untraceable."

Seigenhaler wants the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to help him "find" the person (or people) responsible for the bogus Wikipedia entry, but he is frustrated by their refusal to provide any meaningful help. I want to extend a huge Thank You to these ISPs. I have no doubt that John Seigenhaler Sr. was a victim of Internet character assassination, but ISPs are responsible for the transmission of binary digits (i.e. bits).

Seigenhaler's USA Today essay, in which he basically did nothing more than comment on society at large in 2005, ended with the following paragraph.

   "When I was a child, my mother lectured me on the 
    evils of 'gossip.' She held a feather pillow and 
    said, 'If I tear this open, the feathers will fly 
    to the four winds, and I could never get them back 
    in the pillow. That's how it is when you spread 
    mean things about people.'"

   "For me, that pillow is a metaphor for Wikipedia."

I am sure the Wikipedia contains lots of dis-information, but Seigenhaler is willing to void the entire resource because of one bogus webpage.

USAToday.com:: A false Wikipedia 'biography' by John Seigenthaler

[03 December 2005, top]

Cyber Monday Big Day For E-Commerce

Forecasters are predicting 2005 online holiday sales of approximately $20 billion. The big day for Internet sales is called "Cyber Monday," which is the first day "consumers return to work and their fast Internet connections after the long Thanksgiving weekend." Cyber Monday is also first Monday after "Black Friday"--the biggest day consumers shop at brick-and-mortar businesses. Next week's posting will have some information about Amazon.com's "Holiday Delight-o-Meter."

[Extra] Some users of online dating websites are starting to get annoyed with how these websites do business. "A recent lawsuit against Match.com charged the matchmaking service with sending a female employee out on a date with a male subscriber as 'date bait' to keep him signed up. Another lawsuit against a personals service offered by Yahoo Inc. accused the Internet portal giant of creating fake profiles to entice subscribers."

[26 November 2005, top]

Internet Usage Continues To Grow In China

A report has been published that details the Internet usage of the Chinese. For example, it is estimated that there are 103 million Internet users in China and nearly half have broadband connections. [Note: China's population approximates 1.3 billion.] The report stated: "early adopters of the Internet in China are younger than 30, employed, single, live in urban areas, and have higher than average levels of income and education. University professors, other educators, and college graduates are using the Internet heavily." In addition, it was reported that "the average Chinese Internet user stays on line for 2.7 hours each day."

Markle.org:: Chinese Turn To Internet for Entertainment and Connecting with Others, as Number of Broadband Connections Increase in China

[Extra] It was decided at WSIS (World Summit on Information Systems) that the U.S. would retain "control" of the Internet.

[19 November 2005, top]

The WWW Turns 15 Years Young

On 12 November 1990, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a document titled: "WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project." Berners-Lee paper starts with the following.
   "HyperText is a way to link and access information of 
    various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can 
    browse at will.  It provides a single user-interface 
    to large classes of information (reports, notes, data-bases, 
    computer documentation and on-line help).  We propose a simple 
    scheme incorporating servers already available at CERN."

W3.org:: The World Wide Web project

[12 November 2005, top]

We Need To Learn About Internet Governance

On 1 November 2005, the East Valley Tribune published a short editorial advocating that "management" of the Internet not be given to the United Nations. At the 2005 CPSR annual meeting, there was considerable discussion about Internet Governance."
	"It doesn't take any great insight to realize that what most 
	 of these countries want is control over the information their 
	 peoples have access to. It's a short step from controlling the 
	 means of communication to controlling what is communicated."
	"The old adage 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' aside, 
	 handing the Internet over to the U.N. is a terrible idea."

EastValleyTribune.com:: Keep UN's hands off Net

[05 November 2005, top]

Gmail Creator Writes About Email and Gmail

Googler Paul Buchheit, Google's first engineer to work on gmail, posted a message to Google's blogspot about email turning 34 years in age. His posting starts as follows.
   "It's difficult to pin down the exact origin of email, 
    but in October 1971, an engineer named Ray Tomlinson 
    chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote 
    software to send the first network email."

Note: the first release of Google's gmail took place on 1 April 2004. Gmail advertises the following features:

   * Search, don't sort.
   * Don't throw anything away.
   * Keep it all in context.
   * No pop-up ads. No untargeted banners.

Googleblog::Blogspot.com:: Guess what just turned 34?

[29 October 2005, top]

Wikipedia.org -- Information Versus Mis-Information

I've become a huge advocate and user of the Wikipedia; however, it is bothersome that the Wikipedia's creator is bothered about the quality of some of its content. Wikipedia is a community-based online encyclopedia available to everybody on the web for free.

[Extra] Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project created on 10 July 2003. Since then, volunteers have written approximately 11,500 book modules in a multitude of books. {Wikibooks.org:: Main Page }

[Extra] Google, Inc. is coming to the Valley of the Sun. Let's continue Learning About Google

[22 October 2005, top]

HP Picks Netscape; Nielsen's Top 10 Mistakes

Hewlett-Packard announced that users of their HP computers will be able to "choose Netscape as their default browser during computer setup."
	"Netscape 8 is based on Firefox, but lets users switch between both 
	 the Firefox and IE browser engines. Many Web sites have been built 
	 to work with IE, so supporting both the Firefox and IE engines 
	 maximizes compatibility."

CNET News.com:: HP to ship Netscape browser on new PCs

[Extra] On 3 October 2005, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen published an Alertbox article covering the Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005 . The number mistake is using "small font sizes."

[15 October 2005, top]

Opera Browser Removes Banners and License Fee

There are numerous web browsers. The following are browser statistics from September 2005. [Note: browser stats should always been read with extreme caution.]
   Internet Explorer... 75.5%   [Microsoft]
   Firefox............. 18.0%   [open source]
   Mozilla.............  2.3%   [open source]
   Netscape............  0.4%   [AOL]
   Opera...............  1.1%   [Opera]

The Opera browser has always been available for free (i.e. zero cost), but users were subjected to banner advertisements that were displayed in a special section of the browser's frame. If you paid for the browser, the banner ad section was removed. These days Opera may gain in popularity because they have removed the banners and the licensing fee.

[08 October 2005, top]

Yahoo! Learning About China; Wikipedia Growth

Yahoo! Inc. has been critized for filtering content on behalf of the Chinese government. According to reports, China considers "freedom" and "democracy" dirty words. {RConversation.Blogs.com:: More on corporate responsibility in China }

[Extra] The Wikipedia is becoming a key resource on the WWW. According to a story on Yahoo.com, "traffic to the multilingual network of sites has grown 154 percent over the past year, according to research firm Hitwise. At current growth rates, it is set to overtake The New York Times on the Web, the Drudge Report and other news sites."

[01 October 2005, top]

Author's Guild Goes After Google's Library Initiative

During December 2004, Google announced its library initiative, saying it would be scanning and indexing material from the New York public library as well as libraries at four universities -- Harvard, Stanford, Michigan and Oxford.

The Author's Guild, an organization of more than 8,000 authors, has filed a lawsuit against Google and its "library initiative."

The Author's Guild is quoted saying:

   "By reproducing for itself a copy of those works that are not 
    in the public domain, Google is engaging in massive copyright 
    infringement. It has infringed, and continues to infringe, the 
    electronic rights of the copyright holders of those works."

Google's response included the following:

   "We regret that this group has chosen litigation to try to 
    stop a program that will make books and the information within them 
    more discoverable to the world."
[24 September 2005, top]

RIAA and MPAA Join Internet2; Yet Another Search Engine

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have become corporate members of Internet2. The associations claim they have not joined Internet2 to help aid their fight against "piracy." The groups plan to "collaborate with the Internet2 community to study distribution and digital rights management technologies for networks faster than today's commercial Internet." {RIAA.org:: MPAA And RIAA Join Internet2 }

[Extra] A graduate student at the University of New South Wales has come up with a new search called Orion. The new search engine is "designed to complement searches conducted on services such as Google, Yahoo or MSN Search." {UNSW.edu.au:: New search engine 'revolutionary' }

[Extra] On 14 September 2005, Google Inc. priced a secondary stock offering at $295 per share, raising $4.18 billion.

[17 September 2005, top]

Academic Institutions Can Block Spam; Cerf Does Google

The U.S. legal system has judged that academic institutions can legally block spam. The University of Texas blocked e-mail messages that in considered spam; the spammer (White Buffalo) sued claiming violation of their free speech; and, the court ruled against the spammer. {Spamfo.co.uk:: Spammers lose court battle against Texas University }

[Extra] Google, Inc. hired Internet co-founder Vinton Cerf to be the company's "Chief Internet Evangelist." {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Vint Cerf Becomes Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, Inc. }

[10 September 2005, top]

Google Innovates; Google vs. China; Google Error

In 18 August 2005 issue of Bambi Francisco's Net Sense, she wrote the following about "Google -- an innovation machine."
   "According to a 2005 survey of nearly 1,000 executives by 
    Boston Consulting Group, Google came in as the seventh most 
    innovative company, behind Apple Computer (AAPL), 3M, 
    Microsoft (MSFT), GE, Sony (SNE), Dell, and IBM.  EBay 
    (EBAY) and Amazon.com (AMZN) didn't even make the top 
    10, but made the top 20 list. Google even received more 
    votes than Wal-Mart (WMT) and Starbucks."

Although seven years in age, Google's innovations have just begun.

[Extra] China has some search engines that provide stiff competition for Google. The U.S. is losing ground to China on many fronts and it appears as though Google may be no exception.

   "The survey, conducted by the Beijing-based China Internet 
    Network Information Center, reported that Baidu.com Inc. 
    boosted its market share in Beijing by 10.8 percentage 
    points to 52 percent."

   "Google Inc.'s share was at 33 percent, as the American Internet 
    search engine kept its customer base steady while the overall 
    market grew, said the survey, seen Tuesday on CNNIC's Web site."

   "China's Internet population hit 103 million by June, second only 
    to the United States, according to CNNIC."
{Biz.Yahoo.com:: Google Loosing Ground in China }

[Extra] It is rare to receive an "error" webpage from a Google supplied service, but I did.

   Gmail by Google
   http://mail.google.com/mail/h/...

   Server Error

   Gmail is temporarily unavailable. Cross your fingers and try 
   again in a few minutes. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

Without crossing my fingers, I tried a couple seconds later and all was well.

[Extra] Frank Barnako of MarketWatch.com posted to his newletter that "web-hosting service Aplus.net reported that 440 domains incorporating 'Katrina' were registered on the Internet in the past three days."

[03 September 2005, top]

AOL Forced To Improve Customer Service

It appears as though it will become easier to stop being an America Online (AOL) customer. AOL will pay the state of New York a fine of $1.25 million for its shoddy business practices. In addition, the company has agreed to reform its customer service procedures. ZDNet.com:: AOL agrees to customer service reform

[Extra] Some AOL statistics obtained from its homepage at 8:30am MST on 25 August 2005.

	SPAM Blocked Today (and This Month):
	570,245,868        (32,055,631,487)

	Instant Messages Sent Today:
	854,786,696

	Members Online Now:
	2,573,643

[27 August 2005, top]

Bush Administration Says NO to Dot-XXX

The Commerce Department has asked for a "hold to be placed on the contract to run the new top-level domain until the .xxx suffix can receive further scrutiny."

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was preparing to make dot-xxx a TLD (Top-Level Domain), but now they may have to reconsider their position.

According to the U.S. government, "the Department of Commerce has received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails from individuals expressing concern about the impact of pornography on families and children."

ZDNet.com:: Bush administration objects to .xxx domains

[20 August 2005, top]

Google Looking for Great Chefs

It is probably fun to work at Google regardless of what your position is. Google is looking for a few good chefs to cook for its employees and I suspect being an Executive Chef at Google looks good on a Chef's resume.
   "These two chefs will play an important role in managing 
    the company's growing appetites." 
    --Sergey Brin (president of Google)

Google.com:: Executive Chefs

[Extra] Google has a webpage that lists the top ten reasons for working at Google. The following is reason number four.

   "Work and play are not mutually exclusive."

Google.com:: Top 10 Reasons to Work at Google

[06 August 2005, top]

Forbes.com On the Early Days of Netscape

2005 has sort of become the 10 year anniversity of the World Wide Web even though the web was "born" in the early 1990s. Regardless, the GUI-browser is what brought the WWW to the masses and it deserves celebration. {Fortune.com::Technology:: Remebering Netscape: The Birth of the Web } [30 July 2005, top]

Yahoo! Berkeley and Other Sundry Stuff

Coming August of 2005... "Yahoo! Research Labs - Berkeley is a new research partnership between Yahoo! Inc. and the University of California at Berkeley to explore and invent social media and mobile media technology and applications that will enable people to create, describe, find, share, and remix media on the web." Nice combination: Yahoo! and UC-Berkeley. {Research.Yahoo.com:: Yahoo! Research Labs Berkeley: About }

[Item::Excessive Blogging] EastValleyTribune.com:: Bloggers learning the price of telling too much

[Item::MP3 Turns 10] C10N.info:: Fraunhofer IIS: Happy Birthday MP3! [The Data Compression News Blog]

[Item::New dot-mobi gTLD] CNN.com:: New .mobi Web suffix for phones

[16 July 2005, top]

Supreme Court Ruling Helps Make Coding a Crime

On 27 June 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States of America made the RIAA and MPAA happy by "making coding a potential criminal activity." In a nutshell, P2P (Peer-to-Peer) produces can be held liable for the copying of copyrighted material. A keyword from the decision: intent. The EFF says, "Perhaps more important, the threat of legal costs may lead technology companies to modify their products to please Hollywood instead of consumers." Hurrah for Hollywood... not!

{EFF.org:: Supreme Court Ruling Will Chill Technology Innovation }

[09 July 2005, top]

US Controls "core" Internet; dot-kids-dot-us; Perfect10.com

It is probably an excellent idea for the "core" of the Internet to be under the management of the United States of America. The Internet does not belong to any single nation or group of nations, but the U.S. is probably the safest place for the "core" Internet be located. {NTIA.gov:: U.S. Principles on the Internet's Domain Name and Addressing System }

[Extra] It is difficult (if not impossible) to establish and maintain a "kid safe zone" on the Internet. It's not dot-kids; instead, it is dot-kids-dot-us. And we're not kidding. {Kids.US}

[Extra] Perfect10.com (not a kids.us website), has sued Amazon.com for copyright infringement. Supposedly, Amazon.com's A9 search engine is displaying copyrighted images that belong to Perfect10.com. Perfect10.com sued Google last year over the same issue. {Biz.Yahoo.com:: Adult Web site sues Amazon.com}

[02 July 2005, top]

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox is 10 Years Young

It was during June of 1995 that Jakob Nielsen wrote his first Alertbox article. It is now June of 2005 and Nielsen is still writing Alertbox articles about web usability. {UseIt.com:: Alertbox: Ten Years }

[Extra] More and more people are becoming increasingly concerned about the quantity of pornography found on the Internet. This in turn has politicians looking for ways to control Internet content and access. {Forbes.com:: Naked Censorship? }

[Extra] It is about time the Archbishop of Canterbury moves into the 21st century and become Internet literate. Great quotes.

   "[...] paranoid fantasy, self-indulgent nonsense and dangerous bigotry."
   
   "[...] close to that of unpoliced conversation."
Unpoliced conversation? Sounds like a good thing. The Internet enables everybody to have a voice--not just the large media companies that "define" what is "news." {TimesOnline.co.uk:: Archbishop hits out at web-based media 'nonsense' }

[25 June 2005, top]

Amazon.com Turns 10 Years Young During Mid-July

Amazon.com turns 10 years young on 16 July 2005. They are celebrating the event by having a concert headlining Bob Dylan with Norah Jones. Bill Maher will be the host. "The concert will be streamed live on the Amazon.com homepage." {Amazon.com:: 10th Anniversity Concert }

[Extra] From a webpage design perspective, the Amazon.com 10th Anniversity Concert webpage is "Untitled" (i.e. no title is defined). Many consider the title object one of the most important webpage objects.

[18 June 2005, top]

GDT Posts To Slashdot About SPAM

I've been a long time reader of Slashdot.org. I've also been a long time shareholder in VA Software-- the company that owns Slashdot.org. During late-May of 2005, I made my first Slashdot posting and it had to do with SPAM. {IT.Slashdot.org:: Hormel Back On the Spam Offensive }

After posting to Slashdot, I visited the Hubbell Trading Post Historic Site in Arizona and found more SPAM that prompted me to create GDT::Speaks:: Cowboys and Indians and SPAM.

[11 June 2005, top]

Account HTML Form Fields Should Be Type=Password

Access to an web-based account typically requires two identifiers: "account name" and "password." From a HTML Form perspective, account name is typically "type text" and password is "type password." The two fields are both "text" fields except characters typed into a "type password" field are displayed as asterisks (or someother special character). This is done to protect a user's password when they are typing in front of others.

I have encountered a couple of times when I've gone to a webpage expecting the "account name" field to be initialized with a value and the browser bringing the "password" field into focus. But... the "account name" is not initialized and the browser brings it into focus while I type in my password. If somebody is watching, then they have seen my password. I am thinking that both fields (account name and password) should be treated as "type password."

[Extra] I did my first Slashdot posting and it had to do with SPAM and spam. {IT.Slashdot.org:: Hormel Back On the Spam Offensive }

[29 May 2005, top]

Spring Leftovers: China; DIMES; P2P; Wikipedia

Spring cleaning time... Summer 2005 has started and these are items leftover from spring.

[Item::China] Reed-Electronics.com:: China to Top U.S. in Broadband Subscribers

[Item::DIMES] Slashdot.org:: Mapping the Internet Evolution

[Item::P2P] YRO.slashdot.org:: Teacher Fired for P2P Lecture

[Item::Wikipedia] Wired.com:: The Book Stops Here

[21 May 2005, top]

An Example of Phishing

The following is a spam email message that provides an example of a "phishing" attempt. The spam attack was to a collection of shell account users at Deru.com. I ex'd out the actual user account names.
   Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 11:34:09 -0100
   From: Rosetta Pollard 
   To: xxxxxxx@deru.com
   Cc: xxxxx@deru.com, xxxx@deru.com, gthurman@gmail.com, xxxxxxxx@deru.com,
       xxxxxxxx@deru.com, xxxxx@deru.com, xxxxxx@deru.com, xxxxxxx@deru.com
   Subject: Your account #281M7138

   Hello,

   We tried contacting you awhile ago about your low 
   interest morta(ge rate.

   You have qualified for the lowest rate in years...

   You could get over $380,000 for as little as $500 a month!

   Ba(d credit? Doesn't matter, low rates are fixed no matter what!

   To get a free, no obli,gation consultation click below:

   http://www.trust1ng.net/sign.asp

   Best Regards,

   Carole Snow
 
   to be remov(ed:   http://www.trust1ng.net/gone.asp
   this process takes one week, so please be patient. we do our 
   best to take your email/s off but you have to fill out a rem/ove
   or else you will continue to recieve email/s.

Golden Rule: Don't CLICK anything! One wrong CLICK can result in ruin.

Golden Rule: Don't REPLY! Replying to a spam email message--at a minimum--may render an email address useless.

[12 May 2005, top]

New TLDs: dot-jobs and dot-travel

Get ready to start seeing some new TLDs (Top-Level Domains). In a nutshell, dot-jobs and dot-travel have been approved by ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers). {ICANN.org:: ICANN Officially Designates dot-jobs and dot-travel} [30 April 2005, top]

Email Not Good For IQs; G.W.Bush Doesn't Use Email

Everything is subject to survey and analysis. A psychiatrist from King's College, London University, did research that confirms email may "dummy down society." In fact, this researcher says email users are getting dumber fast than those who do cannabis. {Guardian.co.uk:: Emails 'pose threat to IQ' }

[Extra] Question posed to President Bush: In processing FOI requests, should government officials presume that information should be given to citizens? Or should the burden fall on citizens to convince government to give them access to information?

	"You know, I don't email, however. And there's a reason. 
	 I don't want you reading my personal stuff. There has 
	 got to be a certain sense of privacy. You know, you're 
	 entitled to how I make decisions. And you're entitled 
	 to ask questions, which I answer. I don't think you're 
	 entitled to be able to read my mail between my daughters 
	 and me."

FOI is Freedom of Information and there is an act (FOIA) that allows us access to all kinds of data.

{Whitehouse.gov:: President Addresses American Society of Newspaper Editors Convention }

[23 April 2005, top]

RIAA Goes After Internet 2 Users

Numerous universities have access to Internet 2 and the Record Industry Association of America is already going after students who are using the Internet 2 to share music. The file-sharing application that is getting lots of attention is named i2hub. {RIAA.com:: RIAA Targets New Piracy Epidemic On Special High-Speed Campus Network }

[Extra] The Vatican website (vatican.va) saw its hit counter go crazy as a result of the pope's death. {TechWeb.com:: Vatican Web Site Deluged }

[16 April 2005, top]

Be Careful What Email and Blog

Time and time again we have to remind ourselves about the "archivability" of electronic mail.
	A California judge ruled that Apple Computer has the right to
	subpoena records of an e-mail provider to determine the source 
	of leaks of confidential company information on upcoming products. 

After you click the "SEND" key to transmit an email message, you should assume that email message will never be electronically deleted.

[Extra] If you are into blogging, then be careful what you blog. {PersonalDemocracy.com:: San Francisco May Regulate Blogging }

[09 April 2005, top]

Dot-EU and Dot-Net News; Courts an Computing

A couple of domain name items...
  • The European Union has been assigned the dot-eu two character country-code by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
  • Verisign has been given responsibility fo allocating and managing dot-net domain names.

[Extra::Supreme Court Ruling on Technology] The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments in a case brought by "big-media plaintiffs against tech-startup defendants Grokster and StreamCast Networks." The court will be deciding if companies can "be held responsible for wide-scale copyright infringement of music and film by their users."

[Extra::Assume E-Mail Never Goes Away] A California court has ruled that Apple Computer has the right to subpoena records of an e-mail provider to "determine the source of leaks of confidential company information on upcoming products."

[02 April 2005, top]

e-Scrabble.com has Closed

Slashdot.org had a posting about how an online scrabble website has been ordered to shutdown by the company that owns the game Scrabble. As of 24 March 2005, the homepage located at http://www.e-scrabble.com says nothing more than "This site is closed." The website, however, is still functional beyond the homepage. [26 March 2005, top]

Internet Bodies; Yahoo Netrospective; Taxing Downloads

It is Spring Break 2005 and this posting is a hodgepodge of items. [19 March 2005, top]

Craigslist--From EBay to Beyond Our Solar System

Craigslist was a smashing success in the San Francisco Bay area during the early day of the dot-com explosion. These days numerous communities have a "craigslist." In addition, its creator -- Craig Newmark -- continues being one of the "good" guys. Quote from Newmark: "Trust people, and be trustworthy."

Craigslist.org  |  Craigslist: Phoenix, AZ

[12 March 2005, top]

Yahoo Turns 10 Years Young

On 02 March 2005, Yahoo! turned 10 years young. Yahoo! was co-founded by David Filo and Jerry Yang while they were students at Stanford University. {Docs.Yahoo.com:: Yahoo! Celebrates Ten Years on the Internet } [05 March 2005, top]

Michigan Wants to Tax Online Cigarette Sales

The following came from the Detroit Free Press.
   "The Michigan Treasury Department has issued letters to 533 
    customers of an online vendor, seeking $1.7 million in unpaid 
    taxes.  Additionally, the state has subpoenaed online retailers 
    in other states to get names, addresses and purchase records of 
    Michigan residents who bought cigarettes from them. Michigan 
    has a $2-per-pack cigarette tax."

Lots of states want to start taxing the Internet because it can generate lots of easy money for them.

[Extra::Some WIPO Stats for 2004] The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continues to fight cybersquatting. In 2004, WIPO received 1,179 cases (up 6.6% from a year ago). WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center has handled over "7,000 disputes, involving parties from 124 countries and covering over 12,500 domain names since the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) went into effect December 1999."

[26 February 2005, top]

Spam Remains an Effective Tool for Spammers

A report by Rockbridge Associates indicates that $21 billion is lost every year because "Americans average nearly three minutes each day deleting spam." The report also says that "4% of online adults purchased a product or service advertised via spam. Based on the number of American adults who are online, that's a marketplace five million strong." Bottom-line: Don't reply to spam. If you want to purchase something that you learned via a spam email message, then setup a one-time use email account an purchase stuff that way. {Forbes.com:: The Depressing News About Spam }

[Extra::YASE (Yet Another Search Engine)] Web's Biggest

[19 February 2005, top]

University of Calgary To Teach Spyware and Spam

The University of Calgary is offering a course on writing spyware and spam. Part of the reasoning for having such a course is the belief that learning how to implement spyware and spam makes it easier to develop tools to stop spyware and spam. There are some, however, who are concerned that students will learn how to create spyware and spam and end up becoming "spies" and spammers. {Silicon.com:: University Offers Spam and Spyware Writing Course }

[Extra::Yet Another Search Engine] Pupna Fetch Engine! is a "search engine engine puppy that retrieves exactly what you are searching for (and absolutely nothing else!)."

[12 February 2005, top]

MPAA Active Filling Suits Against File-Swappers

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is continuing to pursue people who download and distribute copyrighted movies. {CNET News.com:: MPAA Files New Film-Swapping Suits }

[Extra::Google Reports Solid Quarterly Results]
On Wednesday, 02 February 2005, Google's stock hit an all-time high of $216.80 after the company announced strong 4th-quarter results. Google earned $204.1 million on revenue $1.03 billion.

[05 February 2005, top]

Opera Free to Schools; Google Hires Firefox Engineer

Opera Software is making their browser freely available academic institutions and in a two-week period over 500 schools have signed-up. The Opera browser can be used on the following operating systems: "Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway." {Opera.com:: Students Surf Safely with Opera}

[Extra::Is gbrowser Coming Soon?] Google has hired Ben Goodger. Goodger is one of the lead developers of the Mozilla Firefox open-sourced browser. { Weblogs.Mozillazine.org} { Google.com/firefox}

[29 January 2005, top]

eBay Disappoints Wall Street and Its Stock Falls

eBay reported earnings that disappointed Wall Street and EBAY shares fell almost 20% on the news. Many investors were concerned about the amount of money eBay has invested in China. eBay's executives when on the defensive to assure investors all was well, but only selected investors were assured. Note: eBay's bad day also called other dot-com stocks such as Yahoo, Amazon and Google to fall. {TheStreet.com:: eBay Briefing Riles Outside Traders } [22 January 2005, top]

Keeping an Eye on the Omidyar Network

Dan Gillmor mentioned Omidyar Network in a blog posting. The Omidyar Network is establishing a strong collection of partners to help realize their core belief that "every individual has the power to make a difference." The following are some of the "people" Omidyar Network is working with.

	Apache Software Foundation
	Creative Commons
	Electronic Frontier Foundation
	Feedster
	Python Software Foundation
	SourceForge.net

Omidyar.net:: Omidyar Network

[14 January 2005, top]

20 Years of Domain Name Growth

The Sunday Arizona Republic comes with the USA Weekend Magazine. The 02 January 2005 issue kicked off the magazine's 20th anniversary year and it contained a table comparing some 1985 data with that same data today. One piece of data was Internet related.
	registered domain names in 1985:           6
	registered domain names in 2005:  63,000,000

USAweekend.com:: 1985 by the Numbers

[2004 was Invasion of the Blogs] Here is a quote from a PCWorld.com article.

 "Despite gains in popularity, blogs are still the domain 
  of Internet cognoscenti. More than 62 percent of those 
  surveyed said they do not know what a blog is, Pew says 
  in a statement."

PCWorld.com:: 2004: Big Year for Blogs

[07 January 2005, top]

Welcome to Year 2005

Happy New Year! welcome to 2005. The 2004 Internet Observer has been archived. [01 January 2005, top]

Author: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:18:20 MST