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Clay Shirky

Getting What You Pay For
Suddenly free PCs are everywhere -- three offers for free PCs in the last month alone, and more on the way. Is this a gimmick or a con game? Has the hardware industry finally decided to emulate online businesses by having negative revenues? More importantly, is this the step that will lead to universal network access? [more]

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D-Lib Program 46


Kurt Maly, Michael Nelson and Mohammad Zubair

Smart Objects, Dumb Archives

Currently, there exist a large number of superb digital libraries, all of which are, unfortunately, vertically integrated and all presenting a monolithic interface to their users. Ideally, a user would want to locate resources from a variety of digital libraries dealing only with one interface. A number of approaches exist to this interoperability issue exist including: defining a universal protocol for all libraries to adhere to; or developing mechanisms to translate between protocols.
Data Communications Magazine 31


Marguerite Reardon

Caches Keep Content Close at Hand

Sex sells, no matter the medium. Sex also slows, at least on the Web. Online presentations of the Starr report and the Victoria's Secret lingerie show offered plenty in the way of titillation-while proving that "World Wide Wait" is more than a poor play on words. But scandals and scanty clothing aren't alone to blame. Fact is, corporate users are just as likely as casual surfers to be stuck waiting for the information they want, whatever it is. And when business depends on the Internet there's more than bottlenecks to contend with.
Data Management Review 77


Adina Levin

Relationship Management Critical to Web Success

Do you worry about the Web? If you don't, maybe you should, because the Web is taking away some of your control over your business and giving it to your customers. As information sources proliferate, it gets harder and harder to get a customer to pay attention to your marketing messages. Unlike television, which people view passively, the Internet is an interactive medium. Your customer is in charge of the interaction and has a trigger finger on the mouse.
Datamation 22


Mary Brandel

The Care and Feeding of IT Hires

After an extensive recruiting process, a talented systems analyst accepts your job offer. Hands are shaken and papers signed. You breathe a sigh of relief that an essential opening has been filled. But guess what? The hiring process isn't complete yet, and if you really want to hang on to this employee, it won't be finished for a year. That's right--hiring doesn't end when a new worker finally warms up that empty chair.
Dr. Dobb's Journal 34


Troy Neeriemer

Examining PerLDAP

LDAP (short for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) promises to be a central repository of information about users and corporate resources. However, if it is difficult to access or manipulate that information, then few organizations will take LDAP seriously. Programmers and administrators, in particular, need to be able to access this information through a variety of methods and tools.




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(Business Week)


Peter Burrows

Beyond the PC

Think divergence instead of convergence. To become as ubiquitous as VCRs and microwave ovens, analysts say, information devices have to be much simpler than today's PCs. Rather than rolling more features into computers, newer devices need to be designed to perform only a few specific functions. After all, who needs a desktop PC that could land a spaceship on the moon if all they want to do is send E-mail? ''The PC is so general-purpose that very few of us use more than 5% of its capability,'' admits Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Lewis E. Platt.
EDN Access 63


Maury Wright

DVD Flourishes Despite Format Feuds

Despite manufacturers' bickering over rewritable DVD formats and the lack of widespread acceptance of a DVD-audio spec, DVD technology remains on a sure course to serve in applications from living rooms to supercomputers.
EE Times 59


R. Colin Johnson

Neural Nets Create Natural Speech Interaction

SpeechWorks International is applying neural-network technology in a practical-speech-recognition system that achieves a new level of natural-speech interaction by letting telephone callers ask for information in ordinary, unstructured English. Federal Express Inc. is deploying the approach in a shipping-rate information system in cooperation with NextLink Interactive.
Embedded Systems Programming 61


Jim Turley

Significant Bits: CPU Design is Dead! Long Live CPU Design!

Any embedded programmer with even a passing familiarity with the PC business might have reason to despair. Computers were once a rich, thriving, vital, and exciting industry ripe with alternatives and possibilities, advances and innovations. Now it seems the computer industry has degenerated into a repackaging exercise for Intel (or AMD, or Cyrix) processors. One by one, Clipper, MIPS, PA-RISC, Alpha, and other once-mighty processors have faded from the scene, replaced by the ubiquitous Pentium II and its descendants. Don't microprocessors matter anymore? You bet they do.
Entropy Gradient Reversals 90


Christopher Locke aka Rageboy

Adventures in Cluelessness

The Internet is changing fundamental axioms with respect to organizational dynamics, market demographics and the overall conduct of global commerce. It might be useful to examine some of the new paradigms emerging to replace traditional ways of thinking about business, career, and the pursuit of leisure. But it would be so boring!

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Mike Van Niekerk

For Web Wannabes In The Kitchen

FOR THE past couple of years, the Internet has fueled consumer sales of personal computers. At the same time, high-tech companies have been looking into the future and deciding that not everyone will want the complexity of a PC to get on the Net. Stand by for the next wave: a new generation of information appliances is almost upon us.
Family PC 28


Lauren Gibbons Paul

Online Chat: What Every Parent Should Know

Internet chat among all age groups is more popular than ever. At peak times, over 100,000 people chat simultaneously in America Online's more than 20,000 chat rooms.So just who are your kids talking to--and why should you care? We visit chat rooms to find out the appeal, the benefits, and the pitfalls of this latest teen communication craze.

Ed. - Parents who remain clueless about the chat rooms their teens visit are in for a rude surprise.

Federal Computer Week 40


L. Scott Tillett

Report: Cyberattacks, Computer Abuse Still Rising

Federal information technology officials reported a significant increase in cyberattacks and unauthorized use of computers by federal employees last year, according to a report on computer security released this month. Seventy percent of federal agencies responding to a survey compiled by the San Francisco-based Computer Security Institute and the FBI said they had been victims of unauthorized use of computer systems in 1998, up from 61 percent in 1997.


Clay Shirky

Getting What You Pay For

Suddenly free PCs are everywhere -- three offers for free PCs in the last month alone, and more on the way. Is this a gimmick or a con game? Has the hardware industry finally decided to emulate online businesses by having negative revenues? More importantly, is this the step that will lead to universal network access?
First Monday 54


Ted Byfield

DNS: A Short History and Short Future

This paper examines some of the basic premises that typify the rhetoric of the DNS debates. It challenges the assumption that these problems are new; instead, they reiterate the text-to-number mapping problems that plagued the national and international integration of telephony systems. The later telephonic transitions were marked by an interplay between the phasing-out of telephonic addressing systems and marketing innovations. DNS is faced with an analogous problem: DNS policies inflexibly founded on past conditions have conspired with marketing forces to create an illusory scarcity of domain names.



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Government Computer


Paul Weinberg

Plugging the Brain Drain

The time for an Internet revolution isn't quite here yet, as the Quebec election demonstrates. Amid budget cuts and wage freezes, how is Ottawa trying to stem the migration of IT workers to the private sector?
Government Technology Magazine 58


Tom Byerly

Technology Knows No Boundaries

Government trade missions have taken on a whole new meaning in the Information Age. The idea of information technology as a valuable commodity -- less tangible than widgets or crops but no less important to an economy -- has moved it to the forefront of trade discussions, leading to some interesting global partnerships.

* IVB: The Internet Valley Benchmark (IVB) compares a company's zone of Web influence to that of its peers and across industries through the use of a standard value. The set level for the IVB is the current zone of Web influence for Internet Valley. Why Internet Valley Benchmark ?

Internet Valley was founded and coined the term Web Influence in 1995.
IV became the first company to provide the online community with full-scale Web Influence related services.
In May 1996, Internet Valley published the first Web Influence list, rating the Top 100 Online Computer Magazines. Since that time, Internet Valley has continued to develop the hyperlink mechanics-based methods and technology to monitor and evaluate the current level of Web Influence. The basic subjects of this research have been the fastest growing sectors of iBusiness. All this time, Internet Valley has provided to the leading members of the Internet community reliable data, trends and statistics.

Leading members of the IT community voiced their opinions regarding Internet Valley's 3-year effort to research Web Influence trends:
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    - IBM e-commerce director Scott Gannon: "I think your research is really proven right on.  I think you're focused on the right thing..." January 28, 1999

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