New IE Bug Could Cause Hardcore Porn to Appear on Your Computer

The new Internet Explorer has a bug in it that could cause pornography to pop up on your computer screen whenever you conduct a general search for information. According to some users, the browser will just spontaneously open pages displaying pornography, gambling, and work-at-home schemes. more from Wired News.


Internet Public Library in the News

Stumbled across this one today in a New Hampshire newspaper. It\'s about the Internet Public Library.

Here\'s the pitch...
\"It\'s always been difficult to separate the good information from the bad on the Internet. That\'s where the Internet Public Library steps in. The site, begun by library studies graduate students at the University of Michigan, separates the chaff from the wheat. The IPL shows the way to academic periodicals and complete online texts (the writings of Abraham Lincoln, for example), offers tips for students writing papers, provides librarians with valuable resources, and much more.\" The article also provides a list of links and summaries to a few web sites, such as The Car Connection, Bob & Ray, Monsters, Inc, and more.


Amazon losing ground in core area

It seems amazon has lost some ground in the book sales war.

CNET Says Amazon is losing ground in the business that the company was created for: selling books.

Amazon has lost significant market share to archenemy Barnes&


Google makes more of the web visible

Search Engine Watch report in today\'s edition of the newsletter SearchDay that Google is making even greater inroads into the invisible web. Google is now indexing a number of file formats that most other search engines ignore, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Rich Text Format and PostScript files. This is in addition to PDF files, which Google started indexing earlier this year. Read the full story for more details. I couldn\'t find details on Google\'s own site yet, but no doubt they will be appearing soon.


Looking at weblogs

Over at LLRX there is an interesting feature by Cindy Curling, A Closer Look at Weblogs. It includes some background to the \'blog phenomenon, a look at different types of weblog as well as tips on creating your own. There is a list of recommended library-related weblogs (LISNews is not there but many of my other favourites are).


The World Of Libraries

This Article by Philippa Dolphin, investigates the
world of dot com libraries, one of which claims to
transport students to a ‘place where confusion
becomes understanding’ for a price, of course.

Librarians can learn a thing or two from the for-profit
libraries about marketing, I think.


Going Way Back

Cliff writes \"I tried using it, but it\'s way popular, and so I couldn\'t get in...Here\'s the news realease on it:


Free Service Enables Users to Access Archived Versions of Web Sites Dating from 1996.

They did archive LISNews from back a year or so, though not the Original Version of our site.

The rest of the release follows, for those who missed it before.


What\'s A hapax legomenon?

Have I ever told you how much I love Metafilter?

This Metafilter Post is a great discussion on
typing random words into Google to see what comes
back. It turns out there is a name for only getting one
result from a search engine (I know, it doesn\'t happen
much), hapax legomenon, is a word or
phrase of which there is only one recorded use.

They point out it\'s also being used in the context of
search engines, and that makes perfect sense to me.
They also point out an interesting web-only thing:

\"The beauty thing about a hapax legomenon is
that once you talk about it, it no longer exists. Once
google indexes this page, \"i am joe\'s spleen\" will return two
hits, and the hapax legomenon is no longer.\"

So, once google crawls this, and mefi, this will no
longer be a Hapax Legomenon!


Internet archive, the world\'s largest library

From the San Francisco Business Times comes this interview with Brewster Kahle, co-founder of San Francisco-based Internet Archive. The project, described as the world\'s largest library, goes live tomorrow.

\"Users will be able to type in the url into their browser and access 10 billion web pages dating back to 1996 when project leaders began their mission of preserving digerati.\"

Kahle admits, though, that the first thing people will probably search for will be their own corporate or personal web pages since \"people are always interested in themselves.\"


AOL, MSN, Yahoo Adopt Voluntary Web-Rating System

The Big-3 in Internet Land are going to allow voluntary ratings in order to give users the option to screen out objectionable content. Web site owners can submit information about their site\'s content and the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) will embed tags into the HTML code to ensure rating accuracy...that is, so long as the site owner is honest. more...



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