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The Definition of 'Broadband' is Fuzzy

The title of this Slashdot posting caught my eye: of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband

A couple of weeks earlier David P. Reed wrote: vs. Open Internet, Open Internet scores a point

[14 December 2010, top]

We Need To Move To IPv6

The following are IPv4/IPv6 related tweets used in the Fall 2010 CSC100 class.

@compufoo tweeted the following on 2010.10.20.

   "Remaining IPv4 Address Space Drops Below 5%; IPv6 adoption 
   at critical phase" #NumberResourceOrganization
...... "ARIN today (2010.10.20) recognizes Interop, an organization with a long-standing presence in the Internet industry, for returning its unneeded Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address space." ARIN is the American Registry for Internet Numbers
@compufoo tweeted the following on 2010.10.10.
   An example as to why we need to switch to IPv6.  "Body organs 
   can send status updates to your cellphone"
@compufoo tweeted the following on 2010.09.30.
   Ugly could be an understatement. "There is no Plan B: Why the 
   IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly"
...... IPv4 is Internet Protocol version 4.
[24 October 2010, top]

A Tweet About Twitter

I agree with Howard Rheingold's assessment of Twitter.
   "To oversimplify, I think successful use of Twitter means 
    knowing how to tune the network of people you follow, and 
    how to feed the network of people who follow you." Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it)

[Extra] I follow @hrheingold (Howard Rheingold) on Twitter. Howard's Twitter bio reads a follows: "Online instigator, educator, offline gardener." Howard's website is at

On 18 August 2010, @hrheingold tweeted the following.

   Doug Engelbart & Ted Nelson came to dinner 
   (14 min vid):
[13 September 2010, top]

Google Has Been a Public Company For 6 Years

Google went public on 19 August 2004. On 18 August 2010, Google closed at $482.15 giving the company a market value of approximately $153.66 billion. Financially, during August 2010, Google had $30.06 billion in cash with no debt. IPO Central

[19 August 2010, top]

Internet Explorer Hits 15 Years of Age

Microsoft launched the Internet Explorer browser on 16 August 2010.
   "In July 2010, Internet Explorer has a combined market share of 
    60.74 percent and Firefox is at 22.91 percent, followed by 
    Google's Chrome with 7.16 percent, Safari with 5.09 percent, 
    and Opera with 2.45 percent, according to the latest data from 
    Net Applications." -- Balasubramanyam Seshan, International
    Business Times ('s IE turns 15

[16 August 2010, top]

Facebook Hits 500 Million Users

On 21 July 2010, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg posted that Facebook had over 500 million users. [Side-bar: Zuckerberg was born in 1984 and the Facebook website was launched in February 2004.] Zuckerberg wrote: "Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected." Million Stories

[22 July 2010, top]


Is this a form of e-masturbation?
   "Fully 57% of adult internet users have used a 
    search engine to monitor their digital footprint."

The Pew Research Center's "Daily Number" reported that "just 22% [searched themselves] in 2001." I was one of that 22%. - Search: Me

[21 July 2010, top]

How Many Facebooks Are of Dead People?

I've always found it interesting to ponder what happens to a person's websites when they die. With scheduling tools, a person could blog, tweet, facebook well after they've died. Facebook Users Die, Ghosts Reach Out

[20 July 2010, top]

Prince Says the Internet is 'Completely Over'

Prince Rogers Nelson (a.k.a. some goofy symbol, Prince, TAFKAP, etc.) has the following thoughts about the Internet.
   "The Internet's completely over."

   "The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and 
    suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers 
    and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head 
    with numbers and that can't be good for you."

If Prince is correct, then I'll finally be able to shutdown my Internet Observer blog. - world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star's secret world

[07 July 2010, top]

Firefox Becomes IBM's Default Browser

IBM is huge company; therefore, this should be great news for Mozilla Firefox and the FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) movement. it out loud: IBM is moving to Firefox as its default browser

[02 July 2010, top]

Browser Wars: Chrome Versus Safari

I've been using Google's Chrome for a couple of months and I like it. I've never used Apple's Safari.
   "This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from 
    zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years," 
    commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. Surpasses Safari in U.S.

[29 June 2010, top]

ICANN Makes Dot-XXX Official

It's take a long time, but ICANN has decided to make dot-xxx a TLD (Top Level Domain). The first Internet Observer posting on this topic was posted 9 April 2004. Domain Is Nigh, And the Net Is Sadly Better for It

During February of 2004 the Internet Society published RFC 3675: .sex Considered Dangerous

[28 June 2010, top]

Princeton U. Experiences iPad Problems

Prior to encountering the content in this posting, I had seen the following headline: "Half a Million iPad Fans Can't Be Wrong?" Hmm... as with all things, time will tell.
   "Network monitoring has shown that many iPad devices are 
    causing a problem on the campus network. These devices 
    are continuing to use an IP address they have been leased 
    well beyond the time they should. (In technical terms, 
    the device's DHCP client software stops renewing its lease, 
    but the device keeps using the IP address after the DHCP 
    lease expires.  This is not a WiFi issue.)  This behavior 
    causes a disruption on the campus network." iPad Network Connectivity Issues

[14 April 2010, top]

Twitter Turned 4 On 21 March 2010

I missed this "birthday" tweet from @Jack...
   Shhhhhh...Twitter's birthday starts at 12:50pm PST. #twitterday

@Jack is Jack Dorsey (creator, co-founder and Chairman of Twitter). March 2010 (Twitter Turns 4)

[extra] Twitter was initially named twttr.

[24 March 2010, top]

UK Funds the Institute for Web Science

@MathBabbler tweeted the following on 2010.03.22.
   Kudos to UK for funding the "Institute for Web Science" #SemanticWeb

The Institute for Web Science will be "headed by Sir Tim Berners Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, and leading Web Science expert Professor Nigel Shadbolt."

[extra] Who is Nigel Shadbolt?

Nigel Shadbolt is "Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton." Nigel Shadbolt

[22 March 2010, top]

Google Street View--A Two Way Street

The following was in a tweet from @Factlets.
   "Google Street View captured images of thieves moments before they 
    mugged a 14 year old boy of his phone and cash in Groningen, NL."

That's nice, but couldn't criminals use Google Street View to look for people loading up their cars to take a vacation?

[03 March 2010, top]

Yahoo! Hits 15

@nanofoo tweeted the following on 2010.03.02.
   I missed this yesterday. Yahoo! was incorporated on 3/1/1995. 
   Happy 15th Birthday to Yahoo!
[02 March 2010, top]

Apache HTTP Server Project Turns 15

@nanofoo received the following tweet from @ThinkGeek on 2010.02.23.
   Happy 15th birthday, Apache HTTP Server!  112 million sites 
   later, you've come a long way from "a patchy" fork of NCSA.

The following was copied from

   "By the end of February [1995], eight core contributors 
    formed the foundation of the original Apache Group." Apache HTTP Server Project

[23 February 2010, top] Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Buzz

@nanofoo received the following tweet from @DannySullivan on 2010.02.23.
   twitter: 600 tweets per second. facebook: 700 updates per 
   second. buzz: 55 post per second. the The Numbers: Twitter Vs. Facebook Vs. Google Buzz

[23 February 2010, top]

Facebook Turns 6 Years of Age

Excuse this Facebook "status update"-like posting...

Facebook turned six years of age on 4 February 2010.

[06 February 2010, top]

Google Gmail To Default To HTTPS

I agree with Google's assessment.
   "Over the last few months, we've been researching the 
    security/latency tradeoff and decided that turning https 
    on for everyone was the right thing to do." https access for Gmail

[13 January 2010, top]

Is the Internet Changing The Way we Think?

The 2010 question of the year from is: "Is the Internet changing the way we think?" I like Rodney Brooks point of view.
   "The Internet is stealing our attention. Unfortunately, 
    a lot of what it offers is merely good sugar-filled 
    carbonated sodas for our mind. We, or at least I, need 
    tools that will provide us with the Diet-Internet, the 
    version that gives us the intellectual caffeine that 
    lets us achieve what we aspire, but which doesn't turn 
    us into hyper-active intellectual junkies." the Internet changing the way we think?

[11 January 2010, top]

Twitter Becoming Part of the Internet's Plumbing?

The following tweet by @SteveCase was received on 2010.01.02.
   "Why Twitter Will Endure (NYTimes)
   (via @GregMitch @carr2n)

David Carr (@carr2n on Twitter) via

   "The history of the Internet suggests that there have been cool 
    Web sites that go in and out of fashion and then there have been 
    open standards that become plumbing," said Steven Johnson, the 
    author and technology observer who wrote a seminal piece about 
    Twitter for Time last June. "Twitter is looking more and more 
    like plumbing, and plumbing is eternal."

Twitter will endure because is part of the Internet's plumbing? I hope so, but only time will tell.

[02 January 2010, 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.

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