Amazingly Amazon.com had "its best holiday ever".
"Amazon announced the 2008 holiday season finished as its best ever, with over 6.3 million items ordered worldwide on the peak day, Dec. 15, which is a record-breaking 72.9 items per second."
Kudos to Amazon.com![26 December 2008, top]
The headline "Internet2: Full Speed Ahead" caught my attention
and full speed ahead is right. The following was copied from
"Internet2's high-speed network is expected to be a key component in the testing of predictions of high-energy physics when CERN's Large Hadron Collider becomes fully operational in 2009. The collider is expected to generate approximately 15 million gigabytes of data per year, and more than 70 Internet2 university members and 3,000 American researchers will participate in the research, with each expected to download or transmit some 2 terabytes of data during a four-hour window every couple of weeks."
InternetEvolution.com::Internet2: Full Speed Ahead[06 December 2008, top]
I posted the following to my AzFoo at AzCentral.com blog on 28 November 2008.
Title: Kudos to Facebook.com for fighting spam
Kudos to Facebook on winning a $873 million judgment against a spammer whom they sued under the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (i.e. the CAN-SPAM Act).
It is unlikely Facebook will see much (if any) money from their victory, but spammers are criminals and Facebook is doing us all a favor by going after them.
[side-bar] Speaking of spam and SPAM... SPAM is food produced by Austin, MN-based Hormel Foods and SPAM is one of their trademarks. The Company has requested the following: When referring to junk email as spam, write spam in lowercase. When writing about SPAM the meat product, then write SPAM in uppercase.
SPAM was created 1937. The SPAM Museum--located at 1937 SPAM Blvd. in Austin, Minnesota--is a fun place to experience the Americana that is SPAM.[28 November 2008, top]
Vinton Cerf has played a key role in the development of
the Interplanetary Internet.
"NASA is celebrating a successful test of a deep-space network modeled after the Internet. Engineers from NASA's JPL have transmitted images to and from a NASA spacecraft using disruption-tolerant networking (DTN) software. NASA says DTN and 'interplanetary Internet' technology will be used in future space missions."
Yes Toto... we are living in the 21st century. Kudos to NASA!
NewsFactor.com::NASA Successfully Tests 'Interplanetary Internet'[21 November 2008, top]
The headlines from the Entrust press release read as follows.
"Finland-based Sulake to Deploy Entrust Versatile Authentication Platform to Authenticate Remote Access Users" "Sulake, operator of the world's largest virtual world for teenagers, lauds benefits of Entrust IdentityGuard tokens"
After readling the headlines I got curious about what is this "world's largest virtual world for teenagers?" The following was found at the end of the Entrust press release.
"Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, the Sulake Corporation is an online entertainment company focused on virtual worlds and social networking. The company was founded in 2000 and is supported by 15 offices and 300 employees around the world. Their primary product, Habbo, is one of the world's fastest- growing virtual worlds and online communities for teenagers. In July 2008, Habbo recognized more than 108 million registered avatars worldwide with 9.5 million unique users visiting Habbo each month."
Wikipedia.org::Habbo[19 November 2008, top]
Jerry Yang has stepped down as CEO of Yahoo!. Yahoo for Yahoo!
that Yang is staying on as a Chief Yahoo!. Let's hope Yang really
does have purple blood.
Speaking of Yahoo!... We were listening to the radio the other night and we heard an advertisement for Yahoo! Search.[18 November 2008, top]
Kudos to LinkedIn.com.
"Social networking site LinkedIn has raised $22.7 million from a group that includes Goldman Sachs, McGraw-Hill (MHP), SAP Ventures and previous investor Bessemer Venture Partners. The latest capital raise boosts total investment in the company to just over $100 million. The deal is an extension of a $53 million funding completed in June at a valuation of just over $1 billion."
LinkedIn.com has over 30 million members and membership is growing at a rate of "almost 2 million members a month."
LinkedIn.com currently has no IPO plans.[01 November 2008, top]
I am going to let the FoodHacker.info and AzGrid.net domain names expire.
The recipes at FoodHacker.info will become a directory at AzFoo.net (i.e. AzFoo.net/foodhacker).
The resources at AzGrid.net, which are minimal and are mirror on deru.com/gdt, be on deru.com/gdt exclusively.[22 October 2008, top]
I lost the hyperlink to an interview that was
conducted with Marc Andreessen; however, I
did manage to save some quotes.
Andreessen claimed Google's Chrome browser as "an extraordinary event and an extraordinary product."
Andreessen said, "The barriers to doing everything in the browser are falling fast."
Andreessen on entreprenuers in Silicon Valley between 22 and 29 years of age: "They have no psychic scars, no baggage. They're completely fearless."
I agree with Andreessen on the following: "Super interactive browser that sits atop a super-fast connection--now interesting things will happen over the next 5-10 years."[15 October 2008, top]
For years we have joked about the dangers of using the Internet
while under the influence of stuff. Google is modifying their
Gmail service to help protect users from sending email messages
they might up regretting.
"When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?"
By default, Mail Goggles is "only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you're most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it's active in the General settings."
GmailBlog.Blogspot.com::Stop sending mail you later regret[07 October 2008, top]
Digg Inc, has received a new round of $28.7 million in funding
that will allow the company to "expand internationally and help
it weather tighter economic times for Web businesses."
Digg has raised "$40 million in three rounds since the it was founded four years ago (2004) by Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose."
Analysts say it will take at "around $150 million" for somebody to acquire Digg.
What is Digg?
"Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. You won't find editors at Digg -- we're here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we're changing the way people consume information online."
It sounds like it would be fun to be a Digger (i.e. an employee at San Francisco, CA-based Digg Inc.).
Digg.com::8 Reasons to Work at Digg[01 October 2008, top]
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, with a $5 million seed grant from the John S.
and James L. Knight Foundation, has created the World Wide Web
Foundation ("Humanity Connected").
"The World Wide Web Foundation seeks to advance One Web that is free and open, to expand the Web's capability and robustness, and to extend the Web's benefits to all people on the planet. The Web Foundation brings together business leaders, technology innovators, academia, government, NGOs, and experts in many fields to tackle challenges that, like the Web, are global in scale."
Berners-Lee is the Founder and Steve Bratt is the CEO.
WebFoundation.org::Tim Berners-Lee Announces World Wide Web Foundation[20 September 2008, top]
I posted the following to my AzFoo@AzCentral.com blog.
Google is exiting Arizona and that is good news for Google shareholders.[20 September 2008, top]
The dot-name domain names have never caught on, but that
didn't stop me from renewing the |
One of Google's motto is: "launch early and iterate."
On 2 September 2008, Google launched a Windows-based version of the its Chrome web browser. Chrome is Open Source software.
Google stated the following.
"We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others - and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward."
Sergey Brin said: "What we want is a diverse and vibrant ecosystem. We want several browsers that are viable and substantial choices."
Larry Page said: "You only have 24 hours a day, and we would like you to do more searches. If the browser runs well, then you will do more searches."
Google.com::Chrome -- An Open Source Browser[03 September 2008, top]
Google has no plans to put advertising on its homepage.
Cramer: "What would Google make by adding sponsorship to its home page?" Schmidt: "Some number of billions of dollars." But Google won't do it because "People wouldn't like it. We prioritize the end-user over the advertiser... We're not going to sell it."
Cramer in an investment "guru" and Schmidt is Google's CEO.[30 August 2008, top]
Today, 17 August 02008, my registration of the KeepTheInternetFun.org
domain name expired. I thought about renewing it for another year, but I
opted to set the domain name free. I never did anything with the domain
name except install a trivial homepage that kept repeating the phrase:
"Keep The Internet Fun."
KeepTheInternetFun.org was created on 17 August 02000 when the NASDAQ closed at 3,940.87. I didn't know it at the time, but KeepTheInternetFun.org was created five months into the dot-com correction (it was not a bust). Five months earlier, on 10 March 02000, the NASDAQ hit its all-time high of 5,132.52. I think the NASDAQ bottomed out on 13 February 02003 when it hit 1,261.79.
Today, 17 August 02008, the NASDAQ is at 2,452.52 and the KeepTheInternetFun.org domain name has been set free.
Speaking of the Internet...
The Internet is more fun today than it has ever been and--although it might change form--it's going to get more and more fun as our cyber-infrastructure continues to expand.
By the way... RFC 3271 proclaims: The Internet is for Everyone[17 August 2008, top]
Headline for Reuters on 11 August 2008: "Allman band sues Universal
over digital royalties."
Reuters reported: "The lawsuit seeks payments from the sale of some of the U.S. Southern rock group's songs recorded for its first label, Capricorn Records, from 1969 to 1980."
It appears as though the Allman Brothers want UMG Recordings to be "tied to a whipping post."top]
Shawn Fanning created Napster during June of 01999 while he was a
student at Northeastern University. About two years later, the
RIAA and our legal system killed Napster.
In 02002, porno company pulled Napster from the grave and today it is a LA-based publicly traded company that provides online music services.
Last month (i.e. July 02008), Napster announced a partnership with Walt Disney Records that includes an "exclusive commercial-free 'Best of Disney' radio station." I could never buy Disney stock directly, so I'm hoping Napster is an indirect way to make money off of Hannah Montana addicts.
Many Wall Streeters think Napster is dying for a second time--death by competition. Wall Street might be right, but then again it is often wrong.
Napster appears to be holding its head above water when it comes to doing business in today's music world.
I like to look at the PSR (Price Sales Ratio) when investing in high-tech stocks. The ratio relates a company's market value with its annual sales. Napster has a PSR of 0.58, which is low for high-tech companies. For example, Napster's industry as a whole has an average PSR of 1.88. [source: Finance.Yahoo.com]
Napster reported 1st-quarter 02009 results yesterday (02008.08.11). For the fifth quarter in a row Napster was cash flow positive, but they aren't making any money and revenues were flat.
The company, however, has an attractive balance sheet. Debt-free Napster ended 1st-quarter 2009 with a total of $70.3 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments. There are approximately 48 million NAPS shares; therefore, the company has approximately $1.46 in cash per share. Yesterday (02008.08.11), NAPS closed at $1.50. In other words, Wall Street has placed a $0 value on Napster's business.
Napster (NAPS)... Here today, but will it be gone tomorrow?[12 August 2008, top]
The computing world is excited about emerging BRICA opportunities
(especially when it comes to FLOSS [Free/Libre and Open Source Software]).
BRICA equals Brazil, Russia, India, China and Africa.
There have been reports that Google is going to establish operations in Brazil to support their Latin American operations. Brazil is the 'B' in BRICA.
Here in the U.S., MySpace and Facebook rule, but Latin American's like Google's social networking service Orkut, which in turn makes Google's gmail a popular email application. As of April 2008, Orkut has approximately 120 million users with 54% in Brazil, 17% in India and 15% in the U.S.
[side-bar] Just less than 3% of Orkut users are over 50, while 61% are in the 18-25 age bracket. Orkut can be used for business networking, but 64% of users are into social networking.
Orkut was created by a googler as part of Google's 70-20-10 work rule. Googlers spend 70% of their time on core business; 20% on adjacent businesses; and 10% on inventing the future.[11 August 2008, top]
I've got a twitter account, but I'm not a frequent twitterer.
Twitter is a powerful tool primarily because it's simple and text-based. Text is king when it comes to interfacing with Simple Messaging Systems (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM) services, and dot-mobi websites.
Twitter, in a nutshell, enables users to post text "updates" via Twitter.com, SMS, IM, email, and 3rd-party applications. The "updates," which are called tweets, are used to inform people as to what you're doing at a specific instance of time. Each tweet is limited to at most 140 characters. Tweets are read by friends and enemies (i.e. followers), family, co-workers, perverts, etc.
This morning I logged into my Twitter account and tweeted the following: "Writing a Twitter posting for my Internet Observer blog (which turned 10 on 08.08.08) and my AzFoo blog at AzCentral.com." I'll probably tweet again once I get this message posted. [And I did.]
It will be interesting to see if Twitosphere evolves. There are some web gurus (e.g. Marc Andreesseen) who are bullish on Twitter's future.
I created a Twitter account at 12:30pm MST on 18 October 2007.
Twitter.com::firstname.lastname@example.org[10 August 2008, top]
Today, 8 August 2008, the Internet Observer exits
decade zero and begins decade one. In other words, this
blog has been active for 10 years.
The Internet Observer was created on 8 August 1998. This posting is the 52nd posting in 2008 and the 591st posting overall. There are currently ten Internet Observer archives with the 1998 archive being the oldest.
# of Internet Observer posting by year: ========================================================== 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 ========================================================== 69 94 51 49 52 45 48 45 53 33
Observe... this year's Internet Observer will at least be the 2nd most active year (i.e. it will exceed 69 postings). It needs another 43 postings to best 2006, but that is highly unlikely.
Hmmm... I wonder... Will the Internet Observer make it to decade two (i.e. 8 August 2018)?[08 August 2008, top]
Happy 10th Anniversary to Jakob Nielsen and his Nielsen Norman Group.
"Nielsen Norman Group was founded August 8, 1998. Whether or not you believe the Chinese superstition that '8' is the luckiest number, our company has certainly done well, and I don't think it all stems from its launch on 8/8/98." --Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox on 8 August 2008
The list of Nielsen Norman Group's accomplishments is impressive.
The following Nielsen quote has been added to GDT::Quotes.
"One of the few benefits of being a low-paid university professor is that you're strongly motivated to get real-world industry experience on the side."
Jakob ended his 8 August 2008 Alertbox with the following.
"The basics might be well established, but most companies still get them wrong, so we must keep pushing to make everyday user experience more suited for humans. That's what Nielsen Norman Group is all about."
That last time I taught CSC285 (Intermediate Internet) was during the Fall of 1999 and on day two of class I introduced students to Jakob Nielsen. The lecture note for day two contains the following Nielsen quote.
"Users don't need machines to be friendly to them, they just need machines that will not stand in their way when they try to get their work done."
Useit.com::Alertbox::Nielsen Norman Group: The First Decade
[Extra] Purely by coincidence, the birth date for the Internet Observer is 8 August 1998.[08 August 2008, top]
I created a Friendster account many years ago, but never used it.
None the less, Friendster is growing and it recently obtained
$20 million in a second round of venture capital.
"Friendster is growing at an enormous rate in Asia Pacific and is clearly leading the competition." --Richard Kimber, CEO of Friendster
As of 5 August 2008, Friendster had "more than 75 million members world-wide" and it claims to the "7th largest web property" in the world.
Friendster appears to be hiring...
Friendster.com::Developer Program Evangelist
If you're a senior web developer, then Friendster is looking for a B.S. in CS or CSE, LAMP experience, six plus years of experience, MySQL (or related) experience, Linux knowledge, and development experience with at least one compiled language such as C/C++/Java.[05 August 2008, top]
It appears as the Yahoo!'s annual meeting of the shareholders wasn't
that big of deal. In a nutshell, stockholders re-elected all of Yahoo!'s
nominees to the board of directors and Carl Ichan became a board member.
I don't think "search" when I think Yahoo!, but Jerry Yang was quoted saying: "We think search is an important part of Yahoo and we are going to invest in it. There are some very important, serious, infrastructure and systems being built right now at Yahoo that we think allows us to compete over time."
I saw the following blurb on My.Yahoo.com homepage.
"According to reports from Bloomberg, Alibaba.com, China's largest e-commerce website whose biggest shareholder is Yahoo! Inc., is willing to exchange Yahoo!'s 39% stake in Alibaba Group for cash."
On 1 August 2008, YHOO closed at $19.80, just a few cents above its 52-week low.[04 August 2008, top]
Kudos to Mitch Wagner for getting an opportunity
to interview Vinton Cerf.
"What we have is not very much competition, and at best two competitors. Two competitors don't produce the pressure of true competition." "'All of this is telling me that we didn't get it right' when the Telecommunication Act of 1996 was adopted, Cerf said. 'When we wrote it, the Internet was barely visible to the public, and probably completely invisible to Congress.' The Web itself had just started becoming popular two years earlier, Cerf said. 'Maybe we should step back and ask ourselves how to do this better,' he said."
InformationWeek.com::Vint Cerf Says Government Needs To Encourage Internet Competition[24 July 2008, top]
Google's 2nd-quarter 2008 results disappointed Wall Street so
much that in one day Google's market value decreased by approximately
$16.4 billion. This type of response prompted me to take a peek at
Google's Form 8-K for the 2nd-quarter ended 30 June 2008.
Google had total revenue was $5.37 billion for the 2nd-quarter. From which it paid $1.47 billion in commissions to ad partners. In a nutshell, if Google does well, so do the partners.
Despite operating in supposedly "the sky is falling" recession-like economic conditions, Google's net income over the span of three months (April, May, June) was $1.25 billion. During this period Google spent $682 million on research and development, and $698 million on expanding its massive computing infrastructure.
Google's balance sheet at the end of the 2nd-quarter had current ratio of 8.5. The company ended the 2nd-quarter with almost $12.7 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, and it was $0 in debt.
The numbers indicate Google had a decent 2nd-quarter in 2008; none the less, Wall Street spanked the company by decreasing its market value by $16 billion.
It appears as though some investors believe it is a bad omen that over the last three months Google expanded its workforce by "only" 448 employees. Google now employs 19,604 googlers. Note: One googler is often the equivalent of three or four employees at other companies. Employees are an expense (especially if they're googlers); therefore, a slower hiring growth rate should help increase the bottom-line.
After examining the Form 8-K, I took a peek at Google's 2004 annual report...
Google started its 2004 annual report with the following: "Google was born in 1998. If it were a person, it would have started elementary school late last summer (around August 19), and today it would have just about finished first grade."
Google ended its 2004 annual report with the following: "If Google were a person, it would graduate high school in 2016. Given a typical life span, it would expect to be around for another century--or more, thanks to continual innovations in healthcare technology. Today, it would only have seen a glimmer of its full potential. We're just getting started."
Fast forward four years to today...
If Google were a person, it would become a young 6th-grader next month. $5.37 billion in revenue, $1.25 billion in net income, $12.7 billion in the bank, $0 in debt, 19,604 employees, and a market value of $151.18 billion even after a one-day decline of $16 billion -- not bad for a tween who turns ten on 27 September 2008.[20 July 2008, top]
Olive Riley has died.
"CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian woman renowned as the world's oldest blogger has died at the age of 108, with her last posting talking about her ailing health but also how she still sings a happy song every day."
Olive Riley started blogging during February of 2007 and she called her blog a "blob."
Olive's 74th blob posting was her last.
An Olive quote: "You 21st century people live a different life than the one I lived as a youngster in the early 1900s." [from blog posting #72 on 13 June 2008]
Olive's passing resulted in a posting to Groups.Google.com::alt.obituaries Usenet group.
I wonder who the oldest blogger is now...[14 July 2008, top]
SourceForge Inc. announced the "release of an application for the
iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow users to easily view and
explore the latest news items from the SourceForge web sites.
The application, called 'SFNetNews,' will provide content
from Slashdot, SourceForge.net, and freshmeat."
Wow... It had been a few years since I had heard the term "netnews." NETNEWS was software created at the University of Pennsylvania to enable BITNET users to access USENET and other discussion groups."
Speaking of the iPhone...
"Larry Page said Google sees 'tremendous' revenue from the Apple Inc. iPhone because it is the only mobile phone that offers full Web browser capabilities."
Anyway... Kudos to SourceForge for keeping the term NetNews alive.[11 July 2008, top]
The following was copied from SpreadFirefox.com.
"Thanks to the support of the always amazing Mozilla community, we now hold a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 and are now enjoying a safer, smarter and better Web."
As of 3 July 2008 at 3:41pm MST, there had been 29,428,818 total downloads of Firefox 3.
Kudos to the Mozilla Foundation and all Firefox users.[03 July 2008, top]
Marc Andreessen (age 36--turns 37 on July 7th, 2008) has joined
the board of Facebook. Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg
(age 24), was quoted saying.
"Andreessen has experience that is relevant to Facebook in so many ways: scaling companies that are experiencing extraordinary growth, creating successful technology platforms and building strong engineering organizations."
Ning was co-founded by Andreessen. On 1 July 2008, the Wikipedia entry for Ning contained the following.
"Ning hopes to compete with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook, by appealing to users who want to create networks around specific interests or have limited technical skills."
The AP reported that Zuckerberg, however, thinks Ning is Facebook as "complementary."[01 July 2008, top]
The New York Times headline read: "Google and Creator of
‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal."
"In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of 'Family Guy' on television, will unveil a carefully guarded new project called "Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy." Unlike 'Family Guy,' which is broadcast on Fox, this animation series will appear exclusively on the Internet."
The NYTimes.com article contained the following quote by Seth MacFarlane: "I just felt I could be a lot more honest on the Internet."
"Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.' "Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios."
SearchEngineWorld.com::Google AdSense To Expand With Original Video Series From "Family Guy" Creator[01 July 2008, top]
BusinessWeek.com "spoke to a bevy of experts and distilled
the must-follow rules top online designers live by in 2008."
Note: Their "bevy of experts" excluded Jakob Nielsen.
"10. Thou shalt make content king." "Though the slogan is old, it still stands. Aesthetic design can only go so far in making a site successful. Beautiful can't make up for empty."
BusinessWeek.com::The 10 Commandments of Web Design[24 June 2008, top]
I'm a sucker to headlines that contain the word freedom
Forbes.com posting "The Fragile State Of Internet Freedom" ends with the following.
"But, the Internet plays host to congeries of illegal activities, from terrorist Web sites to exhibition of private documents to libelous statements to seemingly ubiquitous pornography. The great Judge Learned Hand wrote of 'freedom for the ideas we hate.'" "Hardly seems like freedom to those who are hurt. But, if there is a line to be drawn online, where will that line be?
With 20th century dinosaured politicians still in power, Forbes.com is asking a critically important question.
Forbes.com::The Fragile State Of Internet Freedom [2008.02.28][21 June 2008, top]
I've copied a lot of stuff from AP postings and I can understand
why the AP is annoyed. It is just too easy to copy and paste when
using the WWW.
Kudos to AP for taking the following position.
"We don't want to cast a pall over the blogosphere by being heavy-handed, so we have to figure out a better and more positive way to do this."--Jim Kennedy, the AP's vice president and strategy director
NewsFactor.com::AP Backs Down on Blog-Posting Crackdown[21 June 2008, top]
I've been on the AZIPA (AriZona Internet Professionals
Association) mailing-list for a long-time. These days
I'm having a difficult time remembering what the IP in
AZIPA stands for.
For example, there has been zero discussion about what's happening with respect to Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google. For me, the AZIPA YahooGroup is about 99.999% noise, but I stay on the mailing-list because I consider myself a member of Arizona's Internet community.[21 June 2008, top]
The blogger who runs TheBuzz Blog at AzCentral.com posted an item
about James Powers, chairman, president and CEO of Phoenix-based,
publically traded, iLinc Communications. According the company's
profile on Finance.Yahoo.com, iLinc "provides Web conferencing
and audio conferencing software and services. It develops and
sells software that provides real-time collaboration and training
using Web-based tools."
posted by Gerald9588 on Jun 12, 2008 at 06:19 AM Great quote... "When it comes to cash flow, love it like your mama." But I'd insert the word "positive" in front of "cash." I had to go to a meeting the other day and it cost me almost $4 to drive plus my total commute time was almost one hour. I'm going to add the stock my watch-list. Thanks for the posting.
I was surprised to learn that ILC trades on the AMEX. On 11 June 2008, ILC closed at $0.28--a true penny stock.[21 June 2008, top]
At the age of 72, Carl Ichan has started a blog.
"I believe corporate democracy in this country is for the most part a myth. The purpose of this blog is to help make shareholders, the true owners of companies, realize that something can be done."--Carl Ichan
I posted the following to my AzCentral.com blog on 21 June 2008.
Carl Ichan (age 72) has joined the blogosphere. Wow! Let's see... the WWW (World Wide Web) was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee around 1990-91. But a Windows-based Graphical-User-Interface (GUI) browser didn't come along until 1994-95. The GUI-browser made the WWW surfable by anybody who knew how to use a Windows-based computer. In other words, the WWW exploded into popularity. It took him 14 years, but Ichan sees there's still lots of money to be made in the Internet world.[21 June 2008, top]
Bain Capital Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and
Bessemer Venture Partners have invested $53 million for a 5%
stake in Mountain View-based LinkedIn.com.
LinkedIn's motto is: "Relationships Matter."
The following was copied from LinkedIn.com's "About" webpage.
"Your professional relationships are key to your professional success. Our mission is to help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have."
Jean-Luc Vaillant is LinkedIn co-founder and its CTO. According to his profile on LinkedIn.com, Vaillant's "specialties" are: "Team creation and organization, scalable server systems, web consumer sites, operations and software management, Java, UNIX, C++, Oracle."
LinkedIn's VP of Technical Operations is Lloyd Taylor. Taylor is a former Googler where he was the company's Director of Global Operations.
Marc Andreessen was one of LinkedIn's angel investors.
Just for fun, I created a LinkedIn profile...top]
Wow... I visited EastValleyTribune.com on 18 June 2008 and the
"National News From AP" section had a hyperlink titled "Firefox
3 Web browser is now out as free download." Does this mean the
East Valley Tribune is a FLOSS promoter? I don't think so. Instead
I suspect this made the news because the Firefox community attempted
to set a world record for most software downloads in a 24-hour period.
At 7:40am on Thursday, 19 June 2008, the download counter at SpreadFirefox.com was at 11,433,350.
Blog.Mozilla.com::Over 8 million -- way to go![19 June 2008, top]
Google (and the Internet as a whole) gets blamed
for so much stuff, but I don't know how a website
can make anybody "stupid."
Carr has an article in the July issue of The Atlantic titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Carr probably used "Google" due to the popularity of the brand, but the question could have been "Is the Internet making us stupid?"
"The result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration."--Nick Carr
Don't blame the Internet, don't blame the WWW, don't blame Google--instead blame Alexander Graham Bell.
News.CNet.com::Is Google making us stupid?[09 June 2008, top]
The following are some statistics from the Pew Internet and
American Life Project and the National Commission on Writing.
"Eighty-five percent of people between the ages of 12 and 17 communicate electronically through texts, instant messaging, e-mail, and posts on social networking sites, but 60% of them don't think of their electronic text as 'writing'."
Electronic text is a form of writing. Writing is a tool for communicating. Electronic text is a form of communication.
"Twenty-five percent said they used emoticons in school writing and 38% said they used text shortcuts or abbreviations like 'LOL.'"
I was surprised as to how little emoticon usage leaks into "school writing." I thought it would be higher.[02 June 2008, top]
Congratulations to Grace Moon for winning the
Doodle 4 Google competition. Grace is
(was) a 6th grader at Canyon Middle School from
Castro Valley, California. Grace's entry, which
Up in the Clouds, was "selected from over 16,000 entries."
Kudos to Grace and Kudos to Google for doing the "What if...?" Doodle 4 Google competition.[22 May 2008, top]
Numerous Yahoo! shareholders are mad at Yahoo! for
not allowing Microsoft to steal away the company.
Jerry Yang and David Filo started Yahoo! in 1994.
Jerry Yang and David Filo are Chief Yahoo!s.
Yahoo! president, Susan Decker (along with Bill Gates), were in Omaha, Nebraska, attending Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.
"Filo's presence at this pivotal meeting has puzzled some investors and analysts because he isn't on the company's board. Filo is a major shareholder, though, with a 5.8 percent stake in the company."
More importantly... Filo is a Chief Yahoo!
"Activist shareholder Eric Jackson thinks it was a bad idea to entrust a pivotal round of negotiations to two people with deep emotional ties to Yahoo."
More importantly... Yang and Filo are Chief Yahoo!'s.
"The board's decision to let Yang and Filo handle the May 3 talks made them look like 'a couple of kids who had been sent along with bad advice from their parents.' said Jackson, who is trying to organize an effort to oust Yahoo's board."
More importantly... they are smart kids.[07 May 2008, top]
3 May 1978 is considered the birthyear of spam (i.e. junk
email). Wow... 30 years of spam. That's lots of spam.
Unhappy Birthday to Spam!
SPAM (written in all upper-case) is the food product; spam (written in all lower-case) is email spam (and visual spam and answering machine spam and P.O. Box spam and so on).
Templetons.com:: Reaction of the DEC Spam of 1978[03 May 2008, top]
I never got into Craigslist, but that doesn't mean I'm not
aware of its success.
I wrote the following in the lecture for day 17 of CSC285 during the fall 1999 semester.
Craig Newmark, a hard core Java and Web programmer, started his website to help "establish a community of people helping each other out with everyday, real world stuff, via the Internet." It is a non-profit operation and does not subject visitors to banner advertisements. The website receives money by charging people who post "for sale" ads. There are numerous VC who want to give Craig money because they want to place banner ads on his popular webpages.
Craigslist was found by Craig Newmark in 1995. In 2008, Craigslist is worth "several billion dollars."
According to BusinessWeek.com, eBay owns approximately 25% of Craigslist, which was news to me.
BusinessWeek.com::Inside eBay's Quest for Craigslist[02 May 2008, top]
Happy 15th Birthday to the WWW.
30 April 1993... the WWW went public. And 15 years later, Tim Berners-Lee claims the web is still an infant.
BBC.co.uk::The World Wide Web turns 15 (again)[01 May 2008, top]
Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google. Thank You to
CNBC.com for posting their interview him.
Here are couple of quotes from the interview.
"And, of course, at Google everything is a try. We try this, we try that, we see what works."
Schmidt on Yahoo! and Microsoft.
"Oh, well, we actually enjoyed working with Yahoo!. We also compete with them. They're a well run and, I think, impressive company. We've primarily been concerned about the possibility of a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo! because of Microsoft's history and because of the assets that Yahoo! has are quite valuable. And we actually think that in the wrong hands, they could be used in the wrong way."
CNBC.com::Interview with Google's Eric Schmidt[01 May 2008, top]
Chris Porter-Marsh is an AzCentral.com blogger. She had a posting
on 17 April 2008 titled "YouTube and its potential glory..." that
prompted me to make a comment.
March started her posting with the following--"One of my students brought up an interesting question in class yesterday: Does YouTube promote violence?"
posted by Gerald9588 on Apr 18, 2008 at 04:17 PM YouTube doesn't "create," "promote," or "cause" anything because all it does is serve up bits (i.e. binary digits). And as it should be, YouTube doesn't know anything about violence, porn, humor, politics, mother nature, religion, stupid teens, etc. -- it only sees zeros and ones.
Note: Chris used the phrase "stupid teens." In addition, Chris believes YouTube was the "catalyst" for teens to do stupid things.
YouTube is nothing more than an Internet-based website and the Internet is nothing more than an efficient transmitter of bits.[19 April 2008, top]
This posting was created after I read where
Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, said the following:
"It's nice working with Yahoo and we like them
very much." I created this posting in a file
Note: The Internet Observer is a shareholder in both Yahoo! and Google and we like the sound of goohoo. We also like the sound of biogoohoo and nanobiogoohoo. Will nanobiogoohoobots hels up augment human intelligence?[17 April 2008, top]
Back in the late-1990s, Internet addiction was a popular topic.
These days the Internet Observer doesn't hear much about Internet
addiction, but it does appear as though there are some people
addicted to text messages (i.e. POT [Plain-Old-Text]).
Kevin Maney, the Tech Observer, at Portfolio.com wrote the following.
"The American Journal of Psychiatry puts texting in the category of 'compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder.'"
Portfolio.com:: Texting Addiction: An Actual Sickness?[14 April 2008, top]
There are websites for just about everything and that
includes April Fools' Day.
And off course Google likes to play...
I'm not sure how long it took, but on Saturday, 29 March
2008, I visited Google to look something up. Google's
homepage was white-on-black rather than its typical
black-on-white. Google's homepage also had a hyperlink
had "turned the lights out" to help raise awareness
of a worldwide energy conservation effort called
Earth Hour invited people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour -- from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. We walked around our neighborhood during Earth Hour and there were only a handful of dark homes.
YouTube.com::Earth Hour 2008[30 March 2008, top]
Looking for answers?
InformationWeek.com posted the following.
"U.S. visits to question-and-answer Web sites increased by 889% in the past two years and 118% in the past year, according to Hitwise."
InformationWeek.com:: U.S. Internet Users Spend More Time Seeking Answers[20 March 2008, top]
What a joke! 26 years should be more like 52 years and
the $625,000 fine should be at least twice that amount.
"Identity-theft charges against "spam king" Robert Alan Soloway were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to federal charges of fraud and failure to file a tax return. Soloway sent millions of unwanted e-mails and faces up to 26 years in prison and $625,000 in fines. Prosecutors said Soloway gave false promises and balked at refunds."
Spammers are criminals and Soloway needs to be locked up for long, long time.
NewsFactor.com:: 'Spam King' Could Get 26 Years, $625,000 in Fines[18 March 2008, top]
The BBC conducted an interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Berners-Lee is concerned about that amount of user tracking
that is occuring on today's Internet. The BBC posting had
the following introduction.
"The creator of the web has said consumers need to be protected against systems which can track their activity on the internet."
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should see one and only one thing: a stream of bits.
Sir Tim added: "I myself feel that it is very important that my ISP supplies internet to my house like the water company supplies water to my house. It supplies connectivity with no strings attached. My ISP doesn't control which websites I go to, it doesn't monitor which websites I go to."
The BBC posting ended with a great quote from Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
"But he promised that what web scientists would produce over the coming years 'will blow our minds'."
BBC.co.uk:: Web creator rejects net tracking[17 March 2008, top]
Yahoo Inc announced it is creating a laboratory in Bangalore,
India as part of its research and development effort.
Bangalore is India's equivalent to Silicon Valley.
Thomas L. Friedman authored the book "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century." Friedman wrote that on a visit to Bangalore, India, he saw a Pizza Hut billboard that said "Gigabites of Taste!"[04 March 2008, top]
Fortune.CNN.com::Techland::Is Google running out of gas?
"Google's stock is on its steepest decline ever, a sign that investors who once believed in the search giant's story of perpetual growth have started to lose faith."
Some investors would consider this a buying opportunity.
I'm a Google shareholder and I would welcome an opportunity to buy a couple of GOOG shares for under $400 per share.
It is impossible to predict what will happen within the next nanosecond, but I'll make the following prediction: If Google runs of gas, then the Internet is dead.[29 February 2008, top]
They're calling it "Unity" and its estimated cost is $300 million.
"Construction underway to build 10,000 km linear cable system with a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbps to enhance Trans-Pacific connectivity."
Google's press release indicated "Trans-Pacific bandwidth demand has grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 63.7 percent between 2002 and 2007. It is expected to continue to grow strongly from 2008 to 2013, with total demand for capacity doubling roughly every two years."
More bandwidth please...
"The new five fiber pair cable system can be expanded up to eight fiber pairs, with each fiber pair capable of carrying up to 960 Gigabits per second (Gbps)."top]
Pakistan's government thinks YouTube really is the WWW (i.e.
"Pakistan has ordered all Internet service providers to block the YouTube website for containing 'blasphemous' content and material considered offensive to Islam."
Sticks and stones might break some bones, but in some parts of the world words can kill you.
News.Yahoo.com:: Pakistan blocks YouTube for 'blasphemous' content: officials
[Update] Pakistan stopped blocking YouTube on 2/26/2008.[25 February 2008, top]
Supercomputing requires super amounts of electricity (i.e. power).
Calling Google's energy consumption "evil" is evil in itself.
Harpers.org:: Keyword: Evil (Google's addiction to cheap electricity)[25 February 2008, top]
It appears as though undersea fibre cables can be easily damaged;
however, it remains true that it is difficult to crash the Internet.
"On January 31st, 2008, the NY Times, BBC, The Guardian, CNN and many others reported undersea cable cuts in the Mediterranean. One was damaged near Alexandria, Egypt, and another in the waters off Marseille, France. The two cables were damaged within hours of each other on Wednesday morning of January 30th 2008. Operators believe the damage was caused by ship's anchors during a heavy storm at sea. One of the cables, SEAMEWE4, is owned by 16 telecommunications companies along its route. The second cable, known as the Flag (for Fiber-optic Link Around the Globe) System, runs from Britain to Japan. The cables are separately managed and operated. The outages mainly affected the Middle East and Asia. Most disrupted communications were quickly rerouted through the remaining SEAMEW3 cable or fibres taking the other way around the globe."
Stanford.edu:: Effects of Fibre Outage through Mediterranean[25 February 2008, top]
The Discovery Institute released a report indicating that
"innovations like YouTube, IPTV, high-definition video and
mobile phone cameras are driving this new wave of data--
or exaflood--of Internet and IP traffic." The Discover
Institute's report is titled: "Estimating the Exaflood:
The Impact of Video and Rich Media on the Internet."
The reported said "an exabyte is equal to one billion gigabytes, or approximately 50,000 times the contents of the U.S. Library of Congress. By the end of 2006, U.S. Internet traffic was approaching one exabyte per month."
The report also estimated that by "2015 annual U.S. Internet and IP traffic will reach 1,000 exabytes, or one zettabyte, which is one million million billion bytes of data. A zettabyte is roughly equivalent to 50 million Libraries of Congress."
Discovery.org:: U.S. Internet Traffic Projected to Grow 50-Fold by 2015[11 February 2008, top]
It comes as no surprise that many sections of the
Wikipedia webpage on Muhammad are tagged with the
disclaimer: "The neutrality of this section is disputed."
InformationWeek.com reported that "about 100,000 people have signed a petition asking Wikipedia 'to respect the religion' and taking aim at the images with the Muhammad entry."
To date (2008.02.08 at 7:02 MST), Wikimedia has restricted who can edit the Muhammad webpage, but they have refused to remove the images.
"Noncensorship is an important tenet of the user community and the edit community."--Jay Walsh, Wikimedia Foundation
InformationWeek.com:: Wikipedia Refuses To Delete Picture Of Muhammad
[Extra] Here is the offensive image.[08 February 2008, top]
Internet Service Providers "see" bits and only bits;
they are not filters. ISP's do not know anything
about information--they only process zeros and ones.
"Bob Cichon, president of Phoenix-based CrystalTech Web Hosting Inc., said he was unaware of the site's content when his company posted it earlier this week."
Cichon is an ISP, not an Internet filter.
"A Web site used by al-Qaida to recruit car bombers, encourage war on the West and provide a forum for Islamic militants went online from Phoenix this week." "It moved from Tampa just a week ago to Arizona. Let's see where it will pop up next. We'll know tomorrow."--Eli Alshech, director of the Middle East Media Research Institute's Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project
Wow... look how quickly the website was discovered.
Bill Warner, a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator "blames Web-hosting companies for failing to monitor content. Instead, he said, they wait until the site is brought to their attention to take action."
ISPs (Internet Service Providers) process bits and only bits; and bits are neither good nor bad nor ugly nor evil.[04 February 2008, top]
I'm a sucker for "hello, world" subject-lines.
I posted the following to the "Innovators Circle" blog on 1 February 2008 at 07:37am. Andrew Johnson's "Innovators Circle" blog offers "news, resources and advice for fledgling and seasoned entrepreneurs." Johnson's "hello, world" posting started with "The Internet's made it incredibly easy to keep tabs on your friends and keep your friends updated on your life - right down to the most intimate details." Johnson mentioned twitter in his blog posting.
I like the title of your posting. Tradition is that when you are learning a new programming language, the first program you write is one that prints the phrase "hello, world." Speaking of Twitter, Marc Andreessen is an angel investor and he believes it has a great future. Andreessen, by the way, created the first Windows-based graphical web browser (Mosaic, which morphed into Netscape, which spawned Firefox. Firefox is a sound alternative to Microsoft's defective Internet Explorer browser). These days Andreessen is doing Ning.com, which allows you and I to create our own "social networks." My hope is that the Internet will enable us to kill Hollywood. The "last mile bandwidth" problem needs to be resolved before we are fully up and running with respect video on the Internet. Note: Society at large is grossly unprepared for the technology boom that is awaiting us; therefore, we are fortunate that the digital divide is still a huge problem that needs to be resolved.[04 February 2008, top]
Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo! for $44.6 billion.
Microsoft's offer basically indicates that Yahoo! is worth more (and probably a lot more) than $44.6 billion.
On Friday, 1 February 2008, YHOO stock closed up 47.97% at $28.28 per share. Trading volume was 438.2 million versus a trailing-three-month average of 37.9 milion shares.[03 February 2008, top]
This was no surprise... Fortune Magazine has rated Google
America's number one employer in 2007.
41% of 5876 reponses said they would leave their current job "in a heartbeat" to work for Google. 25% said they didn't have the necessary skills.
Money.CNN.com:: Magazine Poll[23 January 2008, top]
I saw this story on the front-page the Valley and State section
of the 15 January 2008 Arizona Republic, but ignored it. A few
minutes later, I came across the same story on Slashdot.
MySpace.com is working to help parents block their kids from MySpace. I agree with the reporter in that I'm not sure how they're going to implement this, but politicians want MySpace to help protect young people from the perverts of the world.
NYTimes.com reported that "MySpace also promises to hire a contractor to identify and delete pornographic images on the site." Sounds like an interesting job.
NYTimes.com:: MySpace to Let Parents Block Their Kids From Joining[15 January 2008, top]
Libraries contain computers that have high-speed Internet
connections and for many people this is how they access
"More than half of Americans visited a library in the past year with many of them drawn in by the computers rather than the books, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project." "Of the 53 percent of U.S. adults who said they visited a library in 2007, the biggest users were young adults aged 18 to 30 in the tech-loving group known as Generation Y."
Libraries should continue to live as long as we have the "digital divide."
PewInternet.org:: Information Searches That Solve Problems[11 January 2008, top]
Everytime Andreessen blogs about Ning, the
number of Ning-enabled social networks keeps
getting larger and larger. On 5 January 2008,
Marc indicated that Ning had "almost 150,000
different user-created social networks that
span every conceivable topic area, demographic
group, ethnicity, religion, political orientation,
sports team... you name it."
It is no surprise that some of Ning's social networks are porn related. And, also of no surprise, Andresseen isn't "pro-porn," but he is "pro-freedom." It is clear Marc understands the Internet when he writes "let people fundamentally do what they want."
Blog.pMarcA.com:: Porn, Ning, and the Internet[08 January 2008, top]
Historical computing date: 28 December 2007.
AOL announced it is killing the Netscape browser.
"While internal groups within AOL have invested a great deal of time and energy in attempting to revive Netscape Navigator, these efforts have not been successful in gaining market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer." --Tom Drapeau, AOL's Director of Development
AOL purchased Netscape in 1999 for $4.2 billion.
Also in 1999, an open-source version of Netscape called Mozilla was created from which the Firefox browser evolved. America Online deserves a "Thank You" for helping Mozilla become a successful open-source entity.
"AOL was a major source of support for the Mozilla Foundation and the company continued to develop versions of the Netscape browser based on the work of the foundation."
AOL is telling Netscape users that they should switch to Firefox.
Wikipedia.org:: Netscape[02 January 2008, top]
The Internet Observer is a blog
about the Internet. It is updated on a random 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
The Internet Observer was started August of 1998 and as of 01 January 2008 it contained 539 postings. Reviewing archived Internet Observer postings is an one way to get an Internet related history lesson.top]
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