Web rage hits the internet

The BBC has a Story on \"Web Rage\".

More than half of all internet users admit to losing their \"rag\" with the net at least once a week, according to a MORI study.

High on people\'s stress meter is the length of time it takes websites to appear, help buttons that do not offer any help and requests for personal details before being allowed into a site.

Check out if you need to relax.


Spam Spam Spam Spam

LLRX writes \" We have a Review of SPAMEATER, M. Sean Fosmire reviews an application that works by scanning e-mail messages as they are queued on the POP3 server, and applying a series of defined filters before the mail is downloaded. New on for February 15, 2002 \"

A Related Story explains the Origin of the term \"spam\" to mean net abuse.


Hyperlinks patent trial

jen writes \"Just imagine the implications if this company is successful...

Company says it owns hyperlinks patent
Judge: \'Language is archaic ... like reading Old English\'
CNN Story

A British company claimed in federal court Monday that it owns the patent on hyperlinks -- the single-click conveniences that take a Web surfer from one Internet page to another -- and should get paid for their daily use by millions of people.

The Beeb has more.
The original patent was part of a technology called Prestel - an early system of linked computers that the Post Office was developing.

BT stumbled upon the patent during a routine update of its 15,000 global patents in the summer of 2000.

Prodigy\'s unlikely saviour comes in the form of a fuzzy black and white video which shows a 1968 demonstration by Stanford computer researcher Douglas Engelbart apparently demonstrating hypertext linking.
Gary Price adds, \"Just online, the full-text of BT\'s court filing.
Full-Image, too!\"


Listening to the web on the radio

The very helpful Cavan McCarthy sent along this BBC Story on a nifty program in Sri Lanka.

Every day for an hour, presenters in the studio translate and read out web pages on topics suggested by the listeners, to provide access to the web to villagers who do not have computers and may not be able to speak English.

\"This digital divide we talk of is not something artificial or only academic in Sri Lanka. It\'s a real problem,\" said M J R David who helped to set up the project.\"


Researching Airline Ticket Prices on the Web

LLRX writes \"The Fare Is Not Always Law: A Guide to Researching Airline Ticket Prices.
This extensive guide to determining the most competitive pricing for airline fares, by Stephen Young, includes a comparative analysis of 26 travel websites, as well as information on discounters, Internet-only fares, frequent flyer tickets, and more. In the February 1, 2002 issue of at: \"

With conference season upon us, you may be able to save a few bucks on your next flight.


Informational Value of Museum Web Sites

stuart yeates writes \"First Monday (a peer-reviewed electronic journal covering internet issues) has a story entitled Informational Value of Museum Web Sites. Based on surveys of different museum virtual visitors they examine what features (video/audio etc) visitors have an what information they are need from a museum web site (exhibitions, events, gifts, etc).



First Annual Google Programming Contest

It\'s the First Annual Google Programming Contest.

Grand prize is $10,000 in cash, and more.

Google is providing a selection of about 900,000 web pages in pre-parsed and raw format, together with a \"ripper\" program that provides a framework for processing the pre-parsed data. The mission is to write a program (most likely by adding code to the ripper) that does something interesting with the data, in such a way that it would scale to a web-sized collection of documents. Part of the job is to convince them why the program is interesting and why it will scale.


Newspapers Lose Web War

Bob writes \"HBS Working Knowledge has an interview with Harvard Business School professor Clark Gilbert, who says Newspapers saw a threat to their livelihood from the Internet, and aggressively put their own products online, but they didn\'t take advantage of the power of \'disruptive technology\'. \"

As someone who looks at way more newspaper sites than the average person, I can say most of them are terrible.


Studies On The Web

A couple of interesting studies have been making the rounds that ya\'ll might be interested in. has Prosperity through punishment, where they learned Cooperation can flourish if the public-spirited majority can punish freeloaders.

The Small World Research Project seeks to answer the question, Can anyone in the world reach anyone else through a chain of only 6 friends?


Are pop-up ads allowed on Google?

I was just greeted by This Page at google.

They say \"Google does not allow pop-up ads of any kind on our site. We find them annoying\"

So many reasons to love them....



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