MOTD::Archive::Summer 1999 (13 August 1999)
|Spring 1999 MOTD|
Today is the one and only Friday the 13th for 1999. Last year there were three of them, and in the year 2000 there is only one (in October). [Here is a Friday the 13th Problem for you to work on.]
Today is also the last day of my summer vacation. This is bad and good: bad because it has been fun not being employed, good because it will be nice getting pay checks again.
Has this weather been awesome or what? I climbed Squaw Peak on Wednesday at 11:00 AM and got chilled when a breeze hit my sweaty shirt. Where's the monsoon?[13 Aug 1999, top]
Fours years ago on 09 Aug 1995 Jerry Garcia died. I really enjoy hearing Garcia sing "...that lucky old sun got nothin to do but roll, roll around heaven all day...".[09 Aug 1999, top]
|From the World's Smallest Web Servers to the World's Biggest Internet Search Engine to nothing but Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam These are tidbits for the week ending 07 August 1999. [07 Aug 1999, top]|
EPIC is the
Electronic Privacy Information Center.
"EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values."
A hyperlink to EPIC was added to the ThurmUnit list of on-line organizations.
On 28 July 1999 numerous information providers reported the following news item:
"The Clinton administration and the FBI have developed an anti-terrorism plan to oversee the nation's crucial data networks using an extensive computer monitoring system."This system -- called FIDNET the Federal Intrusion Detection Network -- will monitor our on-line activities.
A public populated Internet is new and the issues that are covered by organizations like EPIC, such as privacy, security, cryptography, free speech, and so forth, are important.
Direct Hit search engine, called the Popularity Engine, was launched in 1998. In a nutshell, it monitors the results users click on, measures how long they stay at those sites, and calculates which websites are most useful to searchers.Short Road Trip Completed
We took US 60 east and at
It was a nice trip, but I am disappointed that we didn't stop at Kitt Peak Observatory.