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Podcast: The Future of the Internet (from 1993)

November 28th, 2010 · podcast

The NPR show Science Friday pulled one an old show from their archive this week. It dates from 1993, and the topic is the Internet. Normally a show this old wouldn’t be all that interesting, but this is NPR’s first podcast. Also, one of the participants was using VOIP (more likely a pre-VOIP protocol). How cool is that?

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The Internet and Free: A Problem That Will Grow

November 10th, 2010 · opinion

Cook’s Source magazine has been the topic of conversation in recent days for grabbing a copyrighted article written by Monica Gaudio off the Internet and publishing it without permission or compensation. When Ms. Gaudio complained, she was told that she should be thankful Cook’s Source “improved” the article by editing it and then publishing it with attribution. Cook’s Source‘s editor wrote: [Read more →]

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The Web is dead, Long live the Internet

August 17th, 2010 · opinion

That’s the title of a Wired article posted today. Here’s the lead paragraph:

You wake up and check your email on your bedside iPad — that’s one app. During breakfast you browse Facebook, Twitter, and The New York Times — three more apps. On the way to the office, you listen to a podcast on your smartphone. Another app. At work, you scroll through RSS feeds in a reader and have Skype and IM conversations. More apps. At the end of the day, you come home, make dinner while listening to Pandora, play some games on Xbox Live, and watch a movie on Netflix’s streaming service.

You’ve spent the day on the Internet — but not on the Web. And you are not alone.

Coincidentally, Jame Kendrick posted a related article titled A Typical Day With a Superphone on JKOntheRun a few days ago. He’s the type of person discussed in the Wired article.

The smartphone of today has become a powerhouse that fits in a pocket. That’s why some even refer to them as “superphones,”which is very appropriate. To demonstrate how useful the smartphone has become, I present this mini-chronicle of a typical day with my smartphone. I use the HTC EVO 4G, but there are many phones on the market that are just as capable (4G excepted).

What I find most interesting is that I do all the same activity, only I use my laptop.  I don’t think I’ll ever switch to a phone for any of my browsing. That size screen doesn’t convey enough information at one time.

At some point I should do a post on the tabs and apps I have open at all times. It might be interesting.

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Judging Quality in the Internet Age

May 12th, 2010 · opinion

As a reader of An American Editor, you know that one of my concerns is what will happen if no one is willing to pay for news (see Is Rupert Right? Newspapers & the Paywall). Compounding my anxiety over this issue is a recent The Economist article, The Rise of Content Farms: Emperors and Beggars, which notes that “[n]ewspaper articles are expensive to produce but usually cost nothing to read online and do not command high advertising rates, since there is almost unlimited inventory.” The article goes on to discuss content farms like Demand Media and Associated Content, which use software to figure out what Internet users are interested in and how much advertising revenue a particular topic can support.

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An Open Letter to Magazines (From the Internet)

May 10th, 2010 · humor

For about the last month, the magazine industry has been running a cooperative ad campaign that promotes the value of paper magazines over that of the internet. (I think I mentioned this during the O’Reilly TOC coverage.) has posted a rebuttal to one of the ads, and their response is nothing less than awesome. Here are the 2 ads (click to enlarge):

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Towards a cleaner Internet

April 23rd, 2010 · humor

I just found this video on MobileRead. It was made by Cleanternet, a satirical campaign to support  a website blocking system in Europe.

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Internet Archive now has 2m free texts online

April 1st, 2010 · digitization projects

From the announcement:

The Internet Archive is pleased to announce an important manuscript, Homiliary on Gospels from Easter to first Sunday of Advent, as the 2,000,000th free digital text. Internet Archive has been scanning books and making them available for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public for free on since 2005.

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