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Provisional but forever: Two faces of Internet publishing | January 30, 2001 | “I want to look at the future possibilities of Internet publishing, considering the following five aspects: 1. The Nature of Hypertext; 2. The Permanence and Provisionality of Publishing; 3. The Total Market Concept; 4. Customisation - Authors and Consumers; 5. Migration Tools and Packaging.” ...Presentation to The Future of Electronic Publishing: The Era of Unlimited Potential, by Kevin Carey, Director humanITy, at the Hilton Amsterdam, 30th January, 2001.

Survivor! How your peers are coping with the web design crisis | January 19, 2001 | “Decline and Fall? — a special issue on the industry-wide crisis. It's ugly out there, but how bad is it, really? We asked 40 of our peers to share how they were coping (or not) with the layoffs and business failures currently plaguing our industry. After reading their stories, you can add your own in the new ALA discussion forum.”

The Revenge of the Library Scientist | December 7, 2000 | “It's not the title of the latest Hollywood movie. Not yet. Much like the work of aircraft mechanics, library scientists don't get enough respect. Twenty years ago, library scientists ruled the information retrieval world; they just didn't know it. Now they are poised to return to the top of the far more lucrative Web world, and my hunch is they still don't know it. If you are a Master of Library Science (MLS) or similar, you have a great opportunity in front of you. But to take advantage of it, you will have to change your ways.”

Maps of the Web: visual internet | November 17, 2000 | “Antarcti.ca is a pioneer in network mapping and visualization. We have applied our Visual Net technology to the Internet, creating a map of the World Wide Web. Navigating networks, such as our public map of the World Wide Web, or a corporate Intranet or Extranet, has never been more intuitive than in our context-rich, easy-to-remember, and easy-to-communicate framework for finding and sharing data. Organized in 2D maps and 3D cyberspace, the Internet is transformed into a familiar place.” Huh?!

Elements of Hypermedia Design | November 2, 2000 | “It is the goal of this book to present guidelines, tools and techniques for prospective authors such that they can design better usable hypermedia documents and applications. The book tries to convey an overall approach to hypermedia design. When designing a hypermedia product, three different design elements have to be considered: content, structure, and presentation”

Lessons from the Web's massively parallel development | October 10, 2000 | “How did Web grow so quickly? In the 36 months from January of 1993 to December of 1995, HTML went from being an unknown protocol to being to being the pre-eminent tool for designing electronic interfaces, decisively displacing almost all challengers and upstaging online services, CD-ROMs, and a dozen expensive and abortive experiments with interactive TV, and it did this while having no coordinated center, no central R&D effort, and no discernible financial incentive for the majority of its initial participants.”

Urbanpixel | October 6, 2000 | “...we have created a visual map of the web to help you clue in to the best of the web. By simply clicking on any region of the map you get access to the best sites and connect to other people in the area. Or you can let the map guide you to the top sites by typing in a keyword.” More on this from Tog.

In Search of Webs Past | October 1, 2000 | “Think of the Web as an enormous, slow hard disk. Shared by the entire world, this disk holds a record of radical media experimentation, the history of a form that sprang up less than a decade ago to infect popular consciousness and transform the way we use information. Yet despite a few archival projects, no one is backing up our collective disk.”

NetFactual.com | September 18, 2000 | “A the Guide to finding Facts about the Internet. Get reports and industry analysis about the rapidly changing markets. Learn the facts about your target audience. Make better marketing and product development decisions. Reach the most current, clean and unique lists in the market. NetFactual information is compiled from the facts. It's information is about the Internet compiled from the Internet to provide actionable information at your fingertips.”

Television Eye | September 13, 2000 | “Television. It permeates our lives and has shaped our culture more than any single invention in the 20th century. As a new millennium begins and we awaken from our broadcast-induced slumber, we curse the glare of the television eye and bemoan the amount of our misspent youth that was caught in its hypnotic stare. We ferociously defend our new medium, the Internet, as the means to set things right; an opportunity to pick up the pieces and repair the damage that television broadcasting, mass media and consumer culture has done to our society. The ironic twist to our hip new age enlightenment is that the song we are currently singing is not new. Not even close. As a matter of fact, if one of the inventors of electronic television were still with us today, he would no doubt be leading the chorus.”

Internet 2004: Inside Tomorrow | August 28, 2000 | “All it takes is a new idea here, a different perspective there and, suddenly, comfort becomes confusion. Much as the advent of the World Wide Web and the browser shook the foundations of computing and communication, a renaissance encompassing wireless, broadband and ubiquitous computing is under way. Join us as we look at this new age, the issues surrounding it and the people behind it.”

media.org | August 16, 2000 | “media.org is a collective of artists/architects, netizens fueled by a passion for the potential of the Internet medium. We run a factory, refurbish and rescue old data for our museum, and engage in periodic culture jam sessions. We have also been known to voice our opinion on issues we feel strongly about.”

Dark Continents: Critique of Internet Metageographies | August 14, 2000 | “Individuals, communities and nations rely on [maps] to manage spatial and political complexity that would otherwise exceed human perception and memory, and to adjudicate claims of ownership and jurisdiction. Mapping appears to be fundamental to human consciousness of space and time. All cultures record their experience in artifacts which are consumed in plainly maplike ways, though these artifacts may little resemble the brightly-colored wall hangings that most Americans (for example) recall from grade-school geography classes.”

The Web's Unelected Government | August 11, 2000 | “Its meetings are closed to outsiders. Its mandate has brought it into controversial policy-making. Its decisions reflect one man's vision. Meet the World Wide Web Consortium.”

Deja Vu: (re-)creating web history | August 7, 2000 | “This site is devoted to the history of the web. Not only will we remind you by telling what the web was like. Our main attraction is a time machine that brings you back to any web era as defined by the browser version predominant at that time. For it is a browser emulator. If you are one of the early pioneers of the web, we believe that you will 'feel again you' as we say in Sweden. Get a colourful flashback (or deja vu, as they say in France) of those happy days when the Net was all painted in Mosaic grey.”

Net pioneers R.U. Sirius and Justin Hall look back, forward, and sideways | July 20, 2000 | “Now that the bottom has dropped out of the dot-com market, we've got time to sit back and philosophize about when the so-called Web revolution was in its infancy. How did we get to here from those weird early-1990s days? The Bay Guardian tapped two of the city's best-known cybercounterculturalists, R.U. Sirius and Justin Hall, to discuss their perspectives on the last decade of digital experimentation and new media hype.”

Linux Web Host | June 19, 2000 | I love these people! Great hosting for personal sites.

contenu.nu | June 5, 2000 | “...a Weblog written by contenunians on everything related to Web content. And since content on the Web touches design and programming, you'll read about that here, too, but, as with contenu.nu's work, we focus on the reason we invented a Web in the first place — content, which puts a there there.”

seriously cool: chris locke | May 5, 2000 | “'I like causing trouble.' That's how Chris Locke quickly introduces himself. His work has been described as pretentious, strident, and absolutely brilliant. Last spring, Chris and technology industry veterans Rick Levine, Doc Searls and David Weinberger wrote the Cluetrain Manifesto, ninety-five sarcastic, intense, and pragmatic theses about the Net and business. Since then, hundreds of people joined the Cluetrain, major business publications raved about it, and the website became the basis of a hot-selling book. Chris Locke is really creating trouble.”

JavaScript Webtrails | April 7, 2000 | “A webtrail is a set of Web resources (sites, pages, images, video/audio files, etc.) that is associated with a specific subject. You would "take" a webtrail to explore this subject. For example, to learn more about the French impressionist, Monet, you might take a Monet webtrail consisting of 100 resouces: full Web sites, individual pages, images, videos, etc. Or, later on in this column, you will take an X-Files webtrail to find out more than you ever wanted to know about your favorite Sunday night TV show. And so on. What makes webtrails different from their kissin' cousins, webrings? A few things...” Thanks PsyberSpace.

The Economies of Online Cooperation | March 28, 2000 | “The Internet is filled with junk and jerks. It is commonplace for inhabitant of the Internet to complain bitterly about the lack of cooperation, decorum, and useful information. The signal-to-noise ratio, it is said, is bad and getting worse. Even a casual trip through cyberspace will turn up evidence of hostility, selfishness, and simple nonsense. Yet the wonder of the Internet is not that there is so much noise, but that there is any significant cooperation at all.”

Jesse Berst: 12 Clicks to Save Time, Have Fun | March 20, 2000 | “Why should DotComGuy have all the fun? Everyone knows how competitive I am. So when I heard about the guy in Dallas living exclusively online click for more, I said, 'Hey, I can be lazier than he is!' To prove it, I planned the perfect stay-at-home weekend. Using Web services, I'll get chores and errands out of the way fast — with plenty of time left to have fun delivered to my doorstep or downloaded to my PC.”

@BRINT.com | March 6, 2000 | “The premier business and technology portal and global community network for e-business information, technology and knowledge management.” Here's the @BRINT Design section.

Yahoo!'s History and Infrastructure | March 6, 2000 | “Yahoo! is one of the oldest websites, dating back before the 1993 act of Congress that legalized commercial use of the federally funded Internet. Back then, Yahoo! was just the personal bookmarks of a couple of Stanford students — Jerry Yang and David Filo. After it became legal to make money off of the Internet, the venture capitalist behind Netscape found them and introduced them to the concept of becoming obscenely wealthy, and the rest is history.” Via WebWord.

Meta Chats | March 2, 2000 | “The internet chat resource guide.”

Mapping the Web | Feb 25, 2000 | “I want a program that will map the web in a way that lets you fly around, getting an understanding of the relationships between sites. I drew some clickable 2D maps by hand with pencil, scanned them in and added hyperlinks. They give some feeling for what the more linked sites are surrounding my site. With a map like this, a websurfer could jump ahead by several links in any direction without waiting for the intermediate pages to load.”

Informationmatrix.com | Feb 24, 2000 | “Informationmatrix.com is a free comprehensive directory of IT products and services” for consumers and vendors.

web-caching.com | Feb 23, 2000 | “Brian D. Davison's Web Caching Resources. This site is dedicated to providing a comprehensive guide to the resources about and in support of caching on the World Wide Web. Web caching is the temporary storage of web objects (such as HTML documents) for later retrieval. There are three significant advantages to web caching: reduced bandwidth consumption (fewer requests and responses that need to go over the network), reduced server load (fewer requests for a server to handle), and reduced latency (since responses for cached requests are available immediately, and closer to the client being served). Together, they make the web less expensive and better performing.”

The Top 25 Unsung Heroes Of The Net, 1999 | Feb 23, 2000 | “It doesn't appear (yet) on t-shirts or baseball caps, but there's a formula being tossed up on company whiteboards today that tries to explain this thing called the Internet. It's I=gc3. The coda summarizes the belief that the Net will soon add up to a global marketplace bringing together commerce, content and communications. Inter@ctive Week found 25 visionaries who are creating the I=gc3 transformation. They also had to embody our own three 'Cs': cool, committed, cutting-edge.” Just for reference, here are the lists from 1998 and 1997.

SXSW Interactive Panels | Feb 11, 2000 | Alright. I'm going. This is the list of what's happenin' (Roundtables, Business, Content/Design, Convergence, Beyond).

Peacock maps of the internet | Feb 9, 2000 | This is “a graph of how the Internet might look if you were a packet of data like an e-mail message. The lines show the paths you might take, network-by-network, if you started at a computer in the U.S. and visited almost every known network around the world. The lines branch at each network switch or router along the way. It was made by recording the shortest path taken by test messages sent on May 3, 1999, from a computer in Murray Hill, New Jersey to each of the 95,800 networks registered in the authoritative global database kept by Merit Network Inc.”

Contextualizing the Internet, 1995: Essays | Jan 31, 2000 | “From 1994 to 1996 I presented a series of essays on the critical state of the Internet, its construction and probable prospects for the future. Topics covered include the history of the pre-Web matrix and the likely regulatory environment future tech might face.”

Web-Based Bookmark Managers | Jan 27, 2000 | The biggest list I've seen so far. “These free services enable you to access your bookmarks with any web browser... this section of Useful Bookmarks is comprehensive rather than selective.”

The self-organizing Internet Industry | Jan 27, 2000 | “The internet industry seems to change daily. New companies appear, existing companies find partners, older companies buy younger firms[and occasionally vice versa], while poorly positioned players disappear in the chaos. [This] is an interactive map of key players in the internet space along with a portion of the alliances they have formed. This visualization demonstrates the forces that agents exhibit upon each other in a complex interconnected system. The interactions amongst the nodes emerge from the pattern of direct, and indirect, ties throughout the network.” Via Anthony J. Hicks.

Inktomi Webmap | Jan 21, 2000 | Interesting stats and tidbits. “Inktomi and the NEC Research Institute, Inc. have completed a new study that verifies the Web has grown to more than one billion unique pages. This milestone for the Internet comes as an outgrowth of Inktomi's global Web crawling operations, and the new expanded database represents the industry's largest catalog of unique Web pages. Read the press release. Inktomi has been crawling the Web over the past 4 months using a 100 MB/sec ethernet connection to build the WebMap database. All URLs in this database have the host names canonicalized. We also analyze certain properties of each page: for example rich media files, pornographic content, and search-engine spoofing.”

Top 50 Sites and Properties of December 1999 | Jan 21, 2000 | “Here are the Top 50 Digital Media Web sites and properties for the month of December 1999 ranked by unique audience according to Media Metrix. These rankings include home and work access.”

spyonit.com | Jan 14, 2000 | Cool. Cool. Cool. “Spyonit.com 'spies' save you the trouble of remembering to check the web. You make a Spy. You tell it what to look for. It checks every so often, and reports back to you when it finds something new. We hope Spies make your day-to-day web usage faster, easier, and more fun.”

IBM sets records for U.S. patents in 1999 | Jan 13, 2000 | “IBM won a record number of U.S. patents in 1999 as it sought to protect new semiconductor and Internet technologies. The government awarded IBM a record 2,756 patents last year, according to IFI Claims Patent Services, which tracks the number of patents issued, up from IBM's record 2,658 in 1998.”

Trust or Consequences | Jan 13, 2000 | “The editor of a respected Weblog recently quoted extensively, selectively, and, approvingly, from a very troubling document. This event raises a number of significant issues. How do we discern troubling content? How can we validate what we find? And What can we do about it?”

Salon Technology | The wrong stuff | Jan 12, 2000 | “In the future, predictions of the future will be as off-base as they've been in the past... Back in the early 1980s, David Byrne wrote a piece of music called "In The Future," in which he rattled off a deadpan litany of contradictory predictions. ('In the future no one will fight with anyone else. In the future there will be an atomic war.') For Byrne, the list was a source of droll humor. But in today's technology marketplace, such prognostication is a serious business.”

The Internet Policy Institute (IPI) | Jan 6, 2000 | “The nation's first independent, nonprofit research and educational institute created to provide objective, high-quality analysis, research, education, and outreach on economic, social and policy issues affecting and affected by the global development and use of the Internet.” In particular, look at this: “The 'Briefing The President' project is a series of policy memoranda designed to identify and explore the fundamental issues that will affect the development and use of the Internet. In the coming months, topics of discussion will include, among others, the growth of electronic commerce, the pursuit of privacy in a networked world, and the preservation of social values.”

I, Cringely: Twenty Predictions for the Year 2000 | Jan 1, 2000 | “It is time to stop fretting about Y2K and look deep into the new year. This is my annual chance to embarrass myself with high tech predictions that some reader will inevitably throw back in my face twelve months from now. No matter, I AM a professional. Do not try this at home.”
uTOK | Dec 30, 1999 | Something like Third Voice, but less intrusive (or so I read). It's PC-only. Even their Web site looks bad on a Mac. Ppphhhhhht. “uTOK is a revolutionary new tool that allows you to read and post Internet Notes on any website you visit. Think of Internet Notes as Sticky Notes attached to websites all over the Internet, for the whole world to see. With uTOK every website becomes an active bulletin board, thriving information by and for its visitors.”

<w3history> | Dec 29, 1999 | The history of the World Wide Web. 1989-2000. “<w3history> is an open project and a work in progress. You will be able to look over the shoulders of the editors and producers and experience the creation of the site as it happens. The ultimate goal of the project is a comprehensive history of the Internet and the WWW over the past ten years by the end of this year. In order to achieve this goal, <w3history> will be continually updated and expanded throughout the year. The project is open to any suggestions, hints and pointers you may have to offer. We're always on the lookout for stories and material related to the development of the World Wide Web.” Among other things, here's the original proposal of the WWW, by Tim Berners-Lee.

Netscape Time Capsule | Dec 29, 1999 | A very cool but s l o w ... s i t e ...(it's probably pretty busy). “Are you ready to travel back in time to 1994? ... A single curious message appears online at 13 Oct 1994 07:57:12 GMT. Only later will its significance become apparent...” Via kottke.org.

A Brief History of Microsoft on the Web | Dec 29, 1999 | “In the beginning, www.microsoft.com was just one computer tucked under a table at the end of a long hallway. It was designed to test Microsoft's first 32-bit Windows implementation of TCP/IP, the software plumbing in Windows that enables Internet communications. Microsoft legend says that this machine once lived under the desk of the site's first official administrator, Mark Ingalls, but like most legends that's only half true...” Via kottke.org.

It's a Web, Web, Web, Web World | Dec 27, 1999 | “The Web reinvents many of the basics of business life: where you get your news, how you search for information, what it takes to communicate. Here's our crash course in how to Web-ify yourself.”

Predictions for the Web in Year 2000 | Dec 26, 1999 | Oh Lordy. Here we go again. Jakob's list isn't what it's been for the last few years. I sense some hesitancy.

geektools.com | Dec 26, 1999 | “UltraDNS, Whois, Traceroute, Calculators, Software, Spam Tools, Geek Hotels, Domain Registration, Copyright... It seemed to us that we were always looking for a way to have all the external resources we use often, at our fingertips. And there were all sorts of cool tools that seemed to be in different places that kept moving and disappearing as people moved around the net, from company to company.” Here they are, and, hey, the hotel pages are nice; they list places to stay with internet connections.

Web Visions: Shaping Tomorrow | Dec 9, 1999 | “In the following pages a myriad of inventors, thinkers, businesspeople, and visionaries share their thoughts on where the Net has been and where it's going. While some give insight today on ways that can help you grasp tomorrow, others take us way out, to the future's superhuman fringes.”

Jeffrey Zeldman as Visionary on Mappa Mundi | Dec 5, 1999 | An account of the 'The POV Magazine 100 Top Sites' banquet, and a vision for the web. “My site was Number 76. It was the only personal site in the 100, and one of three that you might call creative or artistic, the others being theremediproject.com (Number 96) and word.com (Number 50). The other 97 were corporate ventures (broadcast.com, mp3.com, amazon.com). The party was held at China Club, a velvet-roped space in the Times Square area.”

The Roads and Crossroads of Internet History | Dec 3, 1999 | “A comprehensive and fascinating overview of the philosophy and history of the Internet. Many related links and a section on pertinent statistics.”

Accessibility and Distribution of Information on the Web | Dec 2, 1999 | “The web is transforming society, and the search engines are an important part of the process. The web and search engines represent a significant improvement for communication, providing efficient access to an increasing amount of information. However there are limitations to the current search engines, improvements to which may help to maximize the benefits of the web.” Via my dog wants to be on the radio.

Surf Maps: Visualising Web Browsing | Nov 30, 1999 | “We present a range of Surf maps, dynamic tools for visualising Web browsing, visually graphing the structure of the Web as you go. The examples use both 2d graphs and more sophisticated three dimensional visualisation techniques.” This is some neat stuff. Make sure to look around the whole site. Kinda old, but, hey... could be interesting to follow your trails to see how webloggers all end up with the same links.

Center for On-Line Addiction — E-Clinic | Nov 28, 1999 | Do you spend too much time online? Think you might have a problem? Then go online and get some help!

History-of-Hypertext Timeline | Nov 25, 1999 | A very broad view of what hypertext might include, beginning around c3000BCE.

Retro-Perspective: Telecom to 'Dot.Com' | Nov 12, 1999 | “There was a failure of imagination five years ago, when Inter@ctive Week was launched. Failure to think big enough. A directory service, Yahoo!, hardly in gestation back then, is worth nearly $50 billion now. Amazon.com, which is still losing hundreds of millions of dollars, nevertheless is worth $30 billion. The Department of Justice, meanwhile, is suing the world's most valuable technology company, Microsoft. Web wunderkind Netscape Communications created a mass market for browsers, yet it lost the war and was bought by America Online. For 17 million consumers, AOL — which had barely crossed 1 million subscribers five years ago — became the Internet.”

Icepick.com | Nov 12, 1999 | This guy's entire home is wired. The fridge, trash, toilet, doorbell ... even the cat.

Carl | Archive | Steadman.

whatis.com | Archive | “whatis is a knowledge exploration tool about information technology, especially about the Internet and computers. It contains over 2,000 individual encyclopedic definition/topics and a number of quick-reference pages. The topics contain about 12,000 hyperlinked cross-references between definition-topics and to other sites for further information. We try hard to keep it up-to-date.”

Project OXYGEN | Archive | “Project OXYGEN™ Network is a planned global undersea optical fiber cable network with a first phase comprising approximately 169,000 kilometers of optical fiber cable, 97 landing points in 76 countries and locations, and a capacity of 2,560 Gbit/s (2.56 Tbit/s) on trans-oceanic segments.”

Media in Transition | Archive | “An 18-month project that examines the impact of the new media. Of interest to both researchers in media studies and the layperson interested in the field.”

Suck: Net Moguls | Archive | Trading cards. Ha!

The Internet Archive | Archive | “A digital library for the future. We have already started to build it — we have already collected much of the Web as well as other public Internet materials including Netnews and downloadable software.”

The HelpWeb | Archive | A Guide To Getting Started on the Internet.

Internet Traffic Report | Archive | See the web shrink and swell.

Museum of Web Art | Archive | "Dedicated to the art, technology, and culture of the world wide web ... MOWA aspires to be a place not only of galleries and exhibits, but of education and enrichment; where people from all over can share their ideas and concerns in an effort to better understand the emerging global community in which they now reside."


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