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News and Commentary Archives

The Web's 10th birthday
The first graphical browser was released a decade ago.
April 22, 2003 - 38 words,

Who defines this?
Exactly what is a misleading name?
April 11, 2003 - 118 words, 1 comment

Internet MLS discussion
The National Association of Realtors is considering a ruling that will prevent brokers from displaying full property data on the Web. Read how this might help consumers.
September 26, 2002 - 897 words, 14 comments

A reason to buy
Anti-piracy measures that reward music fans instead of punishing them.
September 18, 2002 - 186 words, 3 comments

RSS for publishers
Mark Nottingham’s introduction to RSS for content publishers.
September 9, 2002 - 58 words,

A well-executed use of online satire in the California Governor’s race.
September 4, 2002 - 95 words, 4 comments

Apple's anti-competetive practices
Zimran asks, "Why is Microsoft integrating IM into the OS bad, while Apple integrating it...
May 7, 2002 - 117 words, 4 comments

NYT in Radio
So Dave’s been bubbling about some new thing that Userland is doing. "You’ll think differently...
March 20, 2002 - 102 words,

Cutting through Web Services hype
Over at ZDNet, some Gartner analysts discuss the hype and promose of Web services, and...
March 19, 2002 - 27 words,

Safeway Delivers
Contra Costa Times | Safeway rolls out its online delivery plan: "Safeway on Monday will...
February 21, 2002 - 100 words,

Cell shields don't work
Mercury News | Feds: Cell Phone Shields Are Bogus: "Some shields touted as protecting cell...
February 21, 2002 - 41 words,

Google Ad Auction
Mercury News | Google will let Web sites bid for higher rankings in ad listings:...
February 20, 2002 - 161 words,

Be Inc sues Microsoft
The Register: "Be Inc is suing Microsoft for the destruction of its business. A damages...
February 19, 2002 - 35 words,

Web Rage
InformationWeek | Count To 10, Then Read This: "When people get mad at the Internet,...
February 19, 2002 - 57 words,

New Job site
Mercury News | Big employers band together on recruiting site: "Fed up with paying big...
February 18, 2002 - 127 words,

AOL IM BS | Instant Messaging: Tear Down the Walls: "[AOL] consistently says [third-party AIM client] applications...
February 18, 2002 - 273 words, 2 comments

Opera Has SmartTags | Opera: Hitting Its Highest Note Yet: "Version 6.0 of Opera for Windows introduces...
February 13, 2002 - 45 words,

Ars Digita Crumbles
Philip Greenspun’s Ars Digita is gone. A while back he took on some investors and...
February 8, 2002 - 120 words,

So much for Global Warming
BBC: Animals retreat as Antarctic cools...
January 13, 2002 - 6 words,

Microsoft FUD
Richard M Stallman has an editorial over at NewsForge that encourages people to ignore MS...
January 11, 2002 - 263 words,

$5 Million Used Bra
Even though it is encrusted with diamonds, if I were paying $12.5 million for a...
November 11, 2001 - 74 words,

TV compession
Apparently there is a device that TV stations can use to shorten a TV show...
November 8, 2001 - 119 words,

Taliban fruits
DAWN: Taliban stocking up on fruit: traders. I guess it’s time to bomb the restrooms,...
November 7, 2001 - 25 words,

Auction pricing
An article in NewScientist describes the results of a three-year study into pricing factors in...
November 7, 2001 - 86 words,

Mr. Showbiz gone
"After six years... Mr. Showbiz has retired. We’ve had a lot of fun, and we...
November 6, 2001 - 69 words,

The Wayback Machine
The Internet Archive Wayback Machine has copies of over 10 billion web pages in it’s...
October 25, 2001 - 50 words,

Farsite is a system that Microsoft Research is working on that allows you to store...
October 24, 2001 - 52 words,

Kournikova, Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova the next Bond girl?...
October 19, 2001 - 6 words,

Intel prescience
From an IM conversation I had late last month: Jeremy: Plus, Intel is in the...
October 19, 2001 - 50 words,

Reading is dangerous
Bring in the thought police. A Philadelphia man was not allowed on a United flight...
October 19, 2001 - 65 words,

Commerce One sale?
Internet News reports that Commerce One may be preparing themselves for sale to SAP. Back...
October 15, 2001 - 24 words,

RIAA hacks
The new anti-terrorism bill makes it a crime to break into a computer system and...
October 15, 2001 - 69 words, 2 comments

Califoria employees orderd not to open packages
The Govenor of California, Gray Davis, has sent a message to all state agencies ordering...
October 12, 2001 - 91 words,

PGP gone
eWEEK: Network Associates cuts PGP unit. Network Associates is shutting down their PGP unit and...
October 12, 2001 - 22 words,

Tickle Me Elmo, The Sequel
Elmo isn’t about to let his buddy Bert get all the media attention. The 5th...
October 11, 2001 - 81 words,

Muppet Madness
"It is not clear whether the protesters actually knew who the character Bert is, and...
October 11, 2001 - 36 words,

Playboy cuts
You know the Net economy is hurting when the porn sites start struggling. Playboy will...
October 11, 2001 - 39 words,

Evil Linkrot
A different kind of linkrot has affected my post on the Bin Laden-Bert connection. The...
October 11, 2001 - 62 words,

Evil Fox News
So now Fox News has caught on to the Bert photo in the Bin Laden...
October 11, 2001 - 32 words, 2 comments

Excite@Home dying
Excite@Home stops taking new subscribers. They’re trying to conserve cash....
October 10, 2001 - 11 words,

Evil bert
Flutterby, F***edCompany, and others are pointing to a picture of Bin Laden supporters. What’s so...
October 10, 2001 - 26 words,

Limewire goes open source
The Limewire Gnutella client is now an open source project. "By going open source, Lime...
October 8, 2001 - 58 words, 2 comments

Cell phone excess
Telecom.paper: Cell phones to exceed fixed lines by 2006. I’d bet that in some areas...
September 26, 2001 - 20 words

Avoid cows
"Moral of story: avoid cows, unless you’re a vet, in which case avoid doctors." -...
September 25, 2001 - 20 words,

Bezos the pitchman
I would have expected to see dot-com "heros" endorsing products a year or two ago,...
September 23, 2001 - 27 words,

Legislative tragedy
Each time we have a tragedy in this country, lawmakers try to legislate away the...
September 14, 2001 - 126 words,

September 11 entries
My entires on September 11th were short and somewhat disjointed. I have combined all of...
September 11, 2001 - 491 words,


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