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Twitter is Stressing Out a Bit

I (@nanofoo) attempted find somebody on Twitter at approximately 3:43pm MST on 2009.12.29, but I ended up receiving the following error message.
   Twitter is stressing out a bit right now, 
   so this feature is temporarily disabled.

BTW, with respect to Twitter, @nanofoo is now following my newest Twitter account @compufoo.

When @nanofoo opted to follow @compufoo, the email account for @compufoo received the following message from Twitter.

   Gerald Thurman (nanofoo) is now following your tweets on Twitter.

   A little information about Gerald Thurman:

      1267 tweets
      following 190 people
[29 December 2009, top]

A Cyberspace Bill of Rights

The following was a tweet by @JPBarlow (John Perry Barlow).
   I once wrote a declaration of its independence. Now let's 
   give Cyberspace a Bill of Rights. draft the "Internet Bill of Rights" Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

[25 December 2009, top]

Browser Market Share 2002-2009

The hyperlink in this posting is to a great interactive graphic, but ideally it should go back to the mid-1990s. Market Share: 2002-2009

[12 December 2009, top]

Learning About Google Wave

A student asked me "what's Google Wave?" My response was homina, homina, homina. A day later, on 4 December 2009, there was a posting to the Phoenix Linux Users Group offering invites to Google Wave and I got one. Without reading anything about Google Wave, I brought it up and immediately had a homina, homina, homina, moment. A few days, Dan Bricklin tweeted the following.
   "I'm finally trying out Google Wave. I'm using it to work 
    with another developer on a project, share URLs & comments 
    & such. See how it goes."--DanB 2:41pm 2009.12.08 and collaborate in real time

[09 December 2009, top]

Power of the Internet: DARPA Network Challenge

The DARPA Network Challenge of 2009 ended up providing a powerful example of the Power of the Internet.

The following was copied from the homepage.

   "To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has 
    announced the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition that 
    will explore the roles the Internet and social networking 
    play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, 
    and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, 
    time-critical problems."

    "The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of 
    10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations 
    in the continental United States. The balloons will be in 
    readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads."

The following are tweets that tweeted or received related to the DARPA Network Challenge.

DARPA Network Challenge is a great Power of the Internet example. 
MIT wins in less than 9 hours
8:20 AM Dec 6th   from HootSuite  

MIT Red Balloon Team wins DARPA Network Challenge
{1 balloon near my school, but I didn't find it}    
8:08 AM Dec 6th   from web  

DARPA Network Challenge has begun. I'm on the MIT Red Balloon 
Challenge Team: #li    
8:41 AM Dec 5th   from web  

I joined the MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team:
7:42 AM Dec 4th   from web  

The balloon launch is tomorrow 2009.12.05 @DARPA_News    
7:24 AM Dec 4th   from HootSuite Challenge

[09 December 2009, top]

Goto Prison Thanks To an Accidental Download?

Catchy headlines continue to catch my attention."Accidental" Download Sending 22-Year-Old Man To Prison

[05 December 2009, top]

Mozilla Firefox Turns Five

Tweet received from @arstechnica on 9 November 2009...
   Firefox turns five: half a decade of Web liberation - via @arstechnica

I was always a Netscape fan, but that went away and along came Mozilla Firefox.

Firefox is a great example of the power of Open Source. turns five: half a decade of Web liberation

[10 November 2009, top]

Steve Lohr Speaks With Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Steve Lohr had a conversation with Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lohr asked Berners-Lee if he had any WWW regrets and Berners-Lee said it was using "//" in HTTP URLs. Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing

[22 October 2009, top]

Tim O'Reilly On The 'Web Squared' Era

When Tim O'Reilly speaks, I listen and try to learn.
   "The Web is gaining ears, eyes and other senses 
    through smart sensors. This will be big."

I agree with O'Reilly when he says "this will be big."

We are living in the "Sensor Age." 'Web Squared' Era

[24 September 2009, top]

Royal Pingdom Blog is a Great Blog

The Royal Pingdom blog is a great blog and it can be followed on Twitter. are now 184 million registered domain names and counting

[24 September 2009, top]

Can Twitter Make You Dumb?

I received the following tweet from Steve Case on 7 September 2009.
   SteveCase Twitter makes you dumb, says psychologist

Hmm... I might be in trouble.

   "Dr. Tracy Alloway claims working memory is more 
    important to success and happiness than IQ."

If Twitter can "make you dumb," then it's because it's not being used correctly. In a nutshell, the power of Twitter depends on whom you follow. makes you dumb, says psychologist

[07 September 2009, top]

Internet Addiction Clinic Opens In The U.S.

Internet addiction... What does it mean?

A former heroin addict can't use any heroin, yet most former Internet addicts still have to use the Internet. For Internet addicts this sounds like a catch-22.

I got the following hyperlink via a tweet from Steve Case. for internet addicts opens in US

[06 September 2009, top]

The Birth of the Internet

2 September 1969 was a significant day in the computing world because on that day machines at U.C.L.A. exchanged "messages." Many people considered this event to be the birth of the Internet. [Note: 29 October 1969 is also considered the birth of the Internet.]

I tweeted the following on 2 September 2009.

   I was 12 on 9/2/1969. "The Birth of the Internet" by 
   Leonard Kleinrock at

If somebody had told me in 1969 that computers had exchanged messages my response would have been something like... What's a computer? Want to play baseball?

"It all began with a comic book!" is how UCLA's "The Birth of the Internet" essay begins.

The comic book was Superman and Kleinrock, while reading the comic book at age six, "found plans for building a crystal radio." In other words, "an engineer was born."

"The Birth of the Internet" essay ends with... "From a comic book to cyberspace; an interesting journey indeed!" Kleinrock's Personal History/Biography The Birth of the Internet

[02 September 2009, top]

What Exactly Is a Cybersecurity Emergency?

My heart rate exponentially increases every time I read about politicians considering bills that are related to computing. It appears that at this point and time, the definition for "cybersecurity emergency" gives the the President of the United States of America way too much power. would give president emergency control of Internet

[29 August 2009, top]

Are Internet Users Drunkards?

This posting was prompted from the following tweet from Dave Winer received on 27 August 2009.
   davewiner It takes a ton of chutzpah for Maureen Dowd to lecture 
   on the morality of anonymity. The irony!

I wonder... Just how much chutzpah is in a ton of chutzpah?

The following Internet related quote was from Dowd's Op-Ed in the 25 August 2009 New York Times.

   "The Internet is like closing time at a blue-collar bar 
    in Boston.  Everyone's drunk and ugly and they're going 
    to pass out in a few minutes."--Leon Wieseltier, literary 
    editor of The New Republic. 

I wonder... What are Boston's white-collar bars like?

[27 August 2009, top]

I Need To Learn About Google Squared

I was playing around with Google Squared ( and I pressed the "Square it" button with "search engine" (w/o quotes) typed into the input box. Yahoo was #1 followed by Google.

[Extra] The following was copied from

   userA: girls are like internet domain names, 
          the ones I like are already taken
   userB: well, you can stil get one from a strange country :-P
[09 August 2009, top]

Is Free Stuff Via the Internet Going Away?

The other day Kathleen stated that her Picasa account was almost full and that she might pay to get more space for her pictures.

Kathleen's Picasa experience reminded of a lyric from Tom Petty's song "The Last DJ" that goes... "As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free."

Picasa is an example of how many Internet-based services function: Provide users a service for free, but with limits; when the limits are hit, users pay to have the limits increased.

A couple of days after hearing Kathleen speak about Picasa, I heard for the first time the term "freemium". Again, I was reminded of Petty's lyric... "As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see how much you'll pay for what you used to get for free."

I've added Free: The Past and Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson to my reading list.

[11 July 2009, top]

My nanofoo Twitter Account Hits 500 Tweets

Today (2009.07.07) I posted by 500th tweet to my nanofoo Twitter account, which was 629 day since the first tweet posted on 2007.10.18. There were 27 days between tweet 400 and tweet 500.

My mathbabbler and yottogoo Twitter accounts both each had 57 tweets on 2009.07.07.

[07 July 2009, top]

I've Posted 100 Videos To YouTube

Today (6 July 2009) I posted my 100th video clip to YouTube. I created the azroadhacker YouTube account on 19 March 2007 (i.e. 841 days ago). Channel

[06 July 2009, top]

Facebook Now Has Vanity URLs

On 12 June 2009 at 9:01 MST, Facebook started to let users have vanity URLs and I got one. The URL to my Facebook account is

Sing the following to Carly Simon's "Your So Vain."

   You surfed onto the website
   Like you were a browser czer
   Your mouse strategically placed below one tab
   Your keyboard it was querty
   You had one eye on your photos
   As you watched your text go by,
   And all the users laughed at being your friend
   They'd never be your friend, and

   Your so vain, you probably think this URL's about you.
   Your so vain, you probably think this URL's about you.
   Don't you, don't you

What does Facebook's popularity mean for MySpace? Finally Catches Up To MySpace In The U.S.

[Extra] On 16 June 2009, News Corp. announced it's cutting about 400 jobs (30% of its workforce). News Corp. said: "Simply put, our staffing levels were bloated and hindered our ability to be an efficient and nimble team-oriented company."

[16 June 2009, top]

Time Magazine Writes About Twitter

Time Magazine posted an article about Twitter on 5 June 2009.
   "The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is 
    that it makes a terrible first impression." Twitter Will Change the Way We Live

[09 June 2009, top]

BYU Might Block YouTube

China likes to block access to various parts of the Internet. Last I heard BYU was in the United States, but many at BYU believe YouTube is dangerous.

Hmmm... If BYU blocks YouTube, will they also block the video section of Microsoft's Bing? Young U. Reconsiders Its Ban on YouTube

[09 June 2009, top]

Two Items Concerning Domain Names

Domain names are not case sensitive. For example: is also which is also which is also azfoo.NET and so on.

I'm in the process of finishing the book "Everything is Miscellaneous" by David Weinberger (co-author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto"). Weinberger offers up some interesting domain names on page 150 of his book about "the power of the new digital disorder." or or or

While on the topic of domain names... reported that over the last year the number of registered domain names has increased by 12% to nearly 183 million. Release

[08 June 2009, top]

From Microsoft Bing to Google Wave

Microsoft has a new search engine named Bing. Is Bing a recursive acronym like GNU? GNU is not Unix, while Bing is not Google?

Speaking of Google... has a lot people excited.

[01 June 2009, top]

Just How Popular Are Wikis?

I use the Wikipedia a lot, but I haven't gotten into Wikis. Wikis Run Out of Steam?

And... Wikis? The State of Collaborative Web Publishing

[03 May 2009, top]

About Swine Flu Tweets

The Internet provides applications (e.g. email and websites) a powerful tool for propagating information, mis-information and dis-information. Twitter is an application. flu: Twitter's power to misinform

[28 April 2009, top]

BBC News Has Great Headlines

I agree with Jakob Nielsen's assessment that BBC News has the best headlines.'s Best Headlines: BBC News

[27 April 2009, top]

Yahoo! is Shutting Down GeoCities

I never used GeoCities for web publishing, but there was some good websites hosted at GeoCities. CNET has reported that Yahoo! is shutting GeoCities down. closing: GeoCities, a relic of Web's early days

[24 April 2009, top]

Does Facebook Usage Affect GPA?

It was a small study and no definitive conclusions can be drawn, but...
   "Typically, Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 
    and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0."

   "In addition, users said they averaged one to five hours a week 
    studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week." Finds Link Between Facebook Use, Lower Grades in College

[14 April 2009, top]

New York Times Reports On Ted Nelson

Kudos to the New York Times for reminding us of Ted Nelson. Nelson was the first to use the term hypertext, which these days is the all powerful hyperlink. Venting, a Computer Visionary Educates

[05 April 2009, top] Will Turn Nine in Two Months

I just received an email message from alerting me that the domain name expires in two months on 30 May 2009. I registered the domain name back in the 20th century on 30 May 2000 and the fact that I have done zero with the domain is evidence that I'm not an entrepreneur. Nonetheless, I will be renewing the domain name for at least one more year because maybe this summer I will try to do something with it. [30 March 2009, top]

Gmail Adds an Undo Feature

Typically, once you click the SUBMIT/SEND button, your transaction is committed; however, Google has modifed Gmail to give the user up to five seconds to undo their click. 'Undo Send' and other Gmail ideas are born

[26 March 2009, top]

WWW is No Longer a Teenager

Oops... I missed this important date: 13 March 2009, which was the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web (WWW).

I'd like to ignore dot-mobi domains, but that's impossible.

Happy (belated) 20th Birthday to the WWW!

[23 March 2009, top]

I Have Not Renewed

I created the website on 25 March 2005, but today (4 March 2009) I gave up the domain. I still have the following dot-us domain names: and [04 March 2009, top]

My Take on Obama's Website

Obama said: "And we have created a new website called so that every American can find out how and where their money is being spent."

I surfed around and I'm on its mailing-list for updates. says it is "the centerpiece of the President's commitment to transparency and accountability, will feature information on how the Act is working, tools to help you hold the government accountable, and up-to-date data on the expenditure of funds." Power of the Internet example: A website is the "centerpiece" for Obama's commitment to accountability.

I guess is an example of "open government" and I appreciate Obama's effort for transparency; however, I don't have the time to critically read 1,000 page dot-pdfs that are written in legalese. I find cute graphs and charts virtually useless.

[side-bar] I wonder of Obama is trying to buy the,,, domain names? I see that is for sale.

The FAQ stated there is also a website that "collects data about all types of contracts, grants, loans, and spending across government agencies." I visited on 1 March 02009 and its homepage indicated that was last updated on 12 February 02009. Now that I think about it, I've never heard Obama say that his dot-gov websites will be updated on a timely basis (e.g. real-time). (transition website),, and more to come.

AzFoo posting from 5 November 02008... century political informatics is coming

[01 March 2009, top]

Twitter Raises $35 Million and Change

The following headline caught my eye... "Twitter Raises $35 Million Series C From Benchmark and IVP." The headline definitely fits in 140 characters. Knocks

[14 February 2009, top]

Cheaters Probably Like the Internet

I'm not surprised that there are more than 3,000 "how to cheat" videos on YouTube. And I have to think policing YouTube is virtually impossible especially given "thirteen hours of video are posted every minute."

Note: This posting should have been posted back in November 2008, but I have only now gotten around to posting it. tests students' desire to cheat

[Extra] Here is another item that should have been posted during November of 2008.

The Internet was not the bullet nor did the Internet pull the trigger.

   [source: Reuters on 21 November 2008]
   "A Florida teenager committed suicide by drug overdose 
    in front of a webcam streaming live video to the Internet 
    and some viewers may have egged him on."

I also read that some viewers tried to talk him out of it.

[08 February 2009, top]


Being a pope in the 21st century means having a YouTube channel.
   "This channel offers news coverage of the main activities 
    of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and of relevant Vatican 
    events.  It is updated daily." --'s Channel

[23 January 2009, top]

Carol Bartz Becomes Yahoo's CEO

Yahoo! has hired Carol Bartz its new CEO. Bartz appears to be a respected leader within Silicon Valley. I'm okay with Bartz taking over the leadership of Yahoo!, but I was disappointed to see Susan Decker resign as Yahoo!'s President.

BoomTown's Kara Swisher stated the following: "Left to hire her own team and take advantage of the massive amount of talent that still miraculously exists at Yahoo, Bartz has every chance of reviving the company that is ripe with great assets."

I hope Swisher is correct when she says Yahoo! still has a "massive amount of talent" working for it. I have no doubt that the company is "ripe with great assets.

Bartz told the Wall Street Journal the following in 2006.

   "Learn to be an actor.  You have to learn to be confident 
    when you are not. You have to learn to be calm when you 
    are not and brave when you are not. Learn to be a cobra 
    and act until you really have that confidence." Yahoo's new CEO, Carol Bartz

[14 January 2009, top]

Mis-Information on the Website

I wanted to learn more about the new members of the Governing Board of the Maricopa Community Colleges; therefore, I visited the webpage. There was a hyperlink to Mr. Randolph Lumm, Secretary, but when I clicked the hyperlink it went to a webpage for Scott Crowley. Note: Lumm replaced Crowley. In addition, there was a hyperlink for Mrs. Debra Pearson, but clicking the hyperlink took me to a webage for Linda Rosenthal. Note: Pearson replaced Rosenthal.

Interesting tidbit... the website contains the following information about MCCCD Governing Board member Jerry Walker: "Jun. 1999-Present - Health Education Consultant." Hmmm... I wonder what Walker has done to promote heathcare informatics education within the MCCCD?

[14 January 2009, top]

Sex and the Internet

Statistics need to be handled with care, but...
   "Nearly half of the women aged 18 to 44 surveyed, or 46%, said they 
    would rather go without sex for two weeks than give up the Internet 
    for the same amount of time."

Speaking of sex...

China wants Google (and other websites) to stop being an easy source of porn.

   "China has warned Google and other popular web portals that 
    they must do more to block pornographic material from reaching 
    Chinese users, the latest in a series of government crackdowns 
    targeting internet content." targeted in China's porn crackdown

[10 January 2009, 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 2009 it contained 612 postings. Reviewing archived Internet Observer postings is an one way to get an Internet related history lesson.

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