HELP COMPILE "THE WEB USER'S ESSENTIAL LINKS AND FREE DOWNLOADS" LIST
My Salon Blog colleague Ted Ritzer keeps a list of Useful Web Sites (for all web users, not just bloggers) originally compiled by Kevin Kelly, of Wired, The Well, and Whole Earth Catalog fame. Kevin no longer maintains his list, and instead has an intriguing Cool Tools site, but it's only for the rich -- virtually everything on the site costs money, often a lot of it. So Ted and I agreed it's time to update the Useful Web Sites list, and we need your help. What links and free downloads should every self-respecting Internet user have on their desktop?
After seeing all the stuff on Download.JECT, I decided I would take the plunge and install Windows XP RC2.
The experience is interesting. Windows firewall turned off MSN messenger. There were a lot of Dr. Watson type errors when I initially rebooted the machine, enough to make me call tech support.
The machine seems to have fixed itself, now, but it seems to "break" Gmail in that the cookie management issues that Gmail depends on for IE get turned off.
When I go to typepad.com to my blog using IE now I am having to log in each time i change a site or a page. The cookies don't "take".
I am NOT impressed with the RC2 version of IE.
I can't use my Gmail account. I am using Opera currently to create this blog posting...
Currently, anything that requires cookies is *&^% near unusable if I am using IE.
I would love suggestions. Thanks Scott
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It crashes Active Words and Norton Protection Status as well.
Buzz, if you are reading this "AWControl" error message says The Server Instance Could Not Be Created.
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All the bookmarklets setup for Typepad do not work.
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Windows Installation Service is apparently broken
Each time I shut down and restart the machine, the machine tries to install something lately. What is it installing? I don't know. there is no program named.
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OK. Now I am done with this and trying to uninstall it using System Restore. The RC has apparently broken it. It will not go back using SR. $#@!
I called MS Tech support and they said I should use the submit a bug feature that gets installed when you install the RC. I CANT DO THAT, because it depends on IE to work.
When I tried to access detect and repair using MS Outlook (No comments about Outlook, please) I get the Windows Installation Service broken error.
In 1983, Dr Paul Mockapetris created the now familiar system which gives net pages names such as ".com" and ".uk".
Celebrating DNS's 21st birthday he says: "Ten years from now, we will look back at the net and think how could we have been so primitive."
All communication will be over the net, he predicts, and we will no longer need phone numbers, just web addresses.
"Ten years from now, we will wonder how it was so hard to find things on the network too," he told BBC News Online.
"At best we are at the Bronze Age, we are not even at the Iron Age stage in the network."
Dr Mockapetris came up with the DNS system 21 years ago while he was a scientist on the Arpanet project, part of Darpa (US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency), which provided the basis of the net.
The system meant codes attached to information could be translated into easy-to-remember web addresses and domains, which people could own.
We have a notion about what nature should be like, the way it was 1,000 years ago for example, with no pollution. From the standpoint of cyberspace and the net, we don't have the benefit of any natural starting point so we have to construct the future
blog research issues
During the several hours that Seb, Jill, Clay, Alex, and I spent in the coffee shop at the RIT library before our panel at MEA, we talked a bit about our frustrations with current academic approaches to social software, particularly blogs.
My first experience with listening to an academic take on blogs was at AoIR in Toronto last October, where Alex had put together a wonderful panel on weblogs. The first set of speakers included Alex, Cameron Marlow (of Blogdex fame), Matthew Rothenberg, and Thomas Burg—academic bloggers, all. They had some wonderful insights into weblogs, and they left me feeling very excited about the potential for interesting research in this space\
How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - Douglas Adams
This piece first appeared in the News Review section of The Sunday Times on August 29th 1999.
A couple of years or so ago I was a guest on Start The Week, and I was authoritatively informed by a very distinguished journalist that the whole Internet thing was just a silly fad like ham radio in the fifties, and that if I thought any different I was really a bit naﶥ. It is a very British trait – natural, perhaps, for a country which has lost an empire and found Mr Blobby – to be so suspicious of change.
But the change is real. I don’t think anybody would argue now that the Internet isn’t becoming a major factor in our lives. However, it’s very new to us. Newsreaders still feel it is worth a special and rather worrying mention if, for instance, a crime was planned by people ‘over the Internet.’ They don’t bother to mention when criminals use the telephone or the M4, or discuss their dastardly plans ‘over a cup of tea,’ though each of these was new and controversial in their day.
As little as we know about the future for which we are preparing our students, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information is how we will all make our livings.
I was fortunate enough to have attended your address on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Not only was I extremely impressed with your presentation, but truly moved by your message. Two of my Assistant Principal's also attended and they can't quit talking about your message. Our only regret is that our entire staff wasn't able to attend.
Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and do basic math. However, the concept of literacy in the 21st century will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room school house, a legacy that still strongly influences today's education environment.
This enlightening and thought-provoking address will make a case for a literacy model that extends out of reading, writing, and basic math to answer questions like:
What do you need to know, when most of recorded knowledge is a mouse-click away?
How do you distinguish between good kn
Over the past few months there has been an explosion of information in conferences, on the web, and in library journals and newsletters about weblogs (blogs) and RSS feeds. B/ite discussed RSS feeds and blogs in the November/December issue (pp. 3-12). In brief, blogs are reverse chronologically arranged collections of articles or stories that are generally updated more frequently than regular web pages. Just like any other information on the net, there is no guarantee of authority, accuracy, or lack of bias. In fact, personal blogs are frequently biased and can be good sources of opinion and information from the “man on the street.” Because blogs can be updated on the fly, they frequently have unfiltered information faster from war zones and sites of natural disasters than the mainstream media outlets. Blogs are also good sources of unfiltered information on either faulty or very useful products.