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Amazon.com Sells 72.9 Items Per Second

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]

Internet2 Continues To Evolve

The headline "Internet2: Full Speed Ahead" caught my attention and full speed ahead is right. The following was copied from ACM.org/TechNews.
   "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]

Facebook.com Fighting the War on Spam

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]

The InterPlanetary Network is Working

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]

Habbo is a Virtual World for Teenagers

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 No Longer the CEO of Yahoo!

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]

LinkedIn.com Continues to Grow

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]

FoodHacker.info and AzGrid.net Set to Expire

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]

Andreessen Talking About Browsers

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]

Google to Provide Gmail Goggles

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. Employees are Called Diggers

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]

TBL Starts the World Wide Web Foundation

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]

Google Says Bye-Bye To Arizona

I posted the following to my AzFoo@AzCentral.com blog.

Google's leaving Tempe and that is sad news for Arizona. If you're a computing student in Arizona who wants to be a Googler, then be prepared to move to Silicon Valley, LA, Pittsburgh, Austin, Ann Arbor, etc.

I was excited during October of 02005 when Google announced they were going to establish operations in the Valley of the Sun. This was great news because Google only opens engineering operations in places where they believe they have an endless supply of computational thinkers. Google is a 21st century Informatics company and ASU (and UA and NAU) must be failing at producing talented 21st century informaticians.

I was surprised Google came to Arizona given our 20th century political leadership. Google coming to Arizona was a gift to Arizona's politicians--too bad they weren't able to use that gift to turn Arizona into a respected software state. What a wasted opportunity.

Google leaving Arizona prompted lots of postings to AzTalk. One poster wrote: "This is not surprising. Google is 10 years old and has had its good days. From now on it's all down hill." Bottom-line: Google is 10 years young and Arizona is too ancient for them.

Google is exiting Arizona and that is good news for Google shareholders.

[20 September 2008, top]

Gerald.Thurman.name Lives

The dot-name domain names have never caught on, but that didn't stop me from renewing the Gerald.Thurman.name domain name on 2 September 2008. I registered the domain name for the first time on 4 September 2003 and I've had it ever since. I don't know how many Gerald Thurmans there are in the world, but only one can have the Gerald.Thurman.name domain name and that's me. [03 September 2008, top]

Google Beta-Releases the Chrome Web Browser

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's Homepage To Remain Ad Free

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]

KeepTheInternetFun.org Domain Name is Available

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]

Allman Brothers Want To Whip UMG

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."

CNET.com::'Digital exploitation' in play in Allman-UMG suit

[13 August 2008, top]

Will Hannah Montana Help Napster Stay Alive?

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]

Google's 70-20-10 Work Life and BRICA In-Roads

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 Twitter, But I'm Not a Twitterer

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.

[side-bar] According to M-W.com, a twit is a "silly annoying person" and I suspect today's Twitosphere is a twit haven.

I created a Twitter account at 12:30pm MST on 18 October 2007.

Twitter.com::nanofoo@twitter.com

[10 August 2008, top]

Internet Observer Turns 10

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]

Nielsen Norman Group Hits 10

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]

Friendster Raises an Addtional $20 Million

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]

Quickie Yahoo! Update

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]

Cerf Says More Internet Competition Needed

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 a Tween

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

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 Creates SFNetNews For iPhone Users

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."

[side-bar] While surfing the Internet looking for information about NETNEWs, I decided to peek at the Hobbes' Internet Timeline and found that in 1992 Jean Polly was the first to use the phrase "Surfing the Internet."

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."

[side-bar] Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, is on Apple's board of directors.

Anyway... Kudos to SourceForge for keeping the term NetNews alive.

[11 July 2008, top]

Firefox 3 Downloads Sets a Guinness World Record

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]

Andreessen Joins the Facebook Board

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]

Seth MacFarlane Partners With Google

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]

Content is the Elvis of the WWW

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]

[Old] Forbes.com on Internet Freedoms

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]

Too Easy To Copy and Paste on the WWW

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]

What Does the IP Stand For in AZIPA?

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]

About Phoenix-Based iLinc Communications

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]

Carl Ichan Joins the Blogosphere

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]

LinkedIn Raises $53 Million In Venture Capital

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...

View Gerald Thurman's profile on LinkedIn

[19 June 2008, top]

Firefox 3 is a Hit

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.

[Update::2008.06.19] PCWorld.com reported the following: "Firefox 3 was downloaded 8,349,074 times between 2:16 p.m. ET Tuesday and 2:16 p.m. ET Wednesday."

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]

Is The Internet Making Us Stupid?

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]

Electronic Text is a Form of Writing

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]

Grace Moon Wins Doodle 4 Google

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 was titled 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]

Yang and Filo are Chief Yahoos

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]

Spam (Junk E-Mail) Turns 30

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]

eBay.com Would Like To Own Craigslist.org

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

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]

Interview With Google's Eric Schmidt

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]

YouTube Sees Only Bits

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]

Goohoo Sounds Good To Me

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 named goohoo.html. A couple of hours after this posting was created, I saw the following headline: "GooHoo's Dangerous Liaisons."

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]

Can Texting Be Addictive?

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]

April Fools' Day 2008

There are websites for just about everything and that includes April Fools' Day.

AprilFoolsDayOnTheWeb.com:: 2008

And off course Google likes to play...

[01 April 2008, top]

Earth Hour 2008

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 announcing Google had "turned the lights out" to help raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation effort called Earth Hour.

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]

Find Answers Using the WWW

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]

Fact: Spammers are Criminals

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]

BBC Interviews Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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! Goes To Bangalore, India

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]

Google Dies Only If The Internet Dies

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]

Trans-Pacific 'Unity' Consortium Includes Google

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)."

Google.com:: Global Consortium to Construct New Cable System Linking US and Japan to Meet Increasing Bandwidth Demands

[26 February 2008, top]

Pakistan Orders ISPs To Block YouTube Access

Pakistan's government thinks YouTube really is the WWW (i.e. World-Wide Wasteland).
   "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]

Is Google's Energy Consumption Evil?

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]

Internet Survives Cutting Of Under-Sea Cables

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]

Discovery Institute--Estimating the Exaflood

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]

Some Muslims Offended By Wikipedia's Muhammad Images

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]

I'd Never Be an ISP

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]

Using the Internet to Say "hello, world"

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!

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]

Google Considered Best Company To Work For

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]

MySpace Asked To Help Parents Be Better Parents

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]

Generation Y Likes The Library

Libraries contain computers that have high-speed Internet connections and for many people this is how they access the WWW.
   "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]

Andresseen Blogs About Porn On Ning

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]

Netscape Comes To An End

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]

About the Internet Observer

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 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 2008 it contained 539 postings. Reviewing archived Internet Observer postings is an one way to get an Internet related history lesson.

Internet Observer Archives: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998

[01 January 2008, top]

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