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August 6, 1991 WWW was born

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Click here for an excellent article from TNW!

I remember how is was then. I was living in Vancouver and had been there for about a year. As I recollect how things WWW were then it boggles my mind that we have come so far!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/08/06 at 13:08

The Internet today

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Ben Hammersley, at, gives this capsule description of the Internet profile today:

The internet has come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, turned on the first web server in Geneva on Christmas day 1990. Today, 2bn people are online; 800m of them are on Facebook. Every minute, 24 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube. Google, a company founded only 15 years ago, has a market capitalisation just short of $200bn and a mission statement that it intends “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – something no one thinks unlikely or even remarkable. We now bank, shop, communicate, work and date through the internet. The internet has come of age. It is as defining an achievement for humanity as the Enlightenment or the industrial revolution.

This article includes a review of three books that are longer reports on the state of the Internet, or SOI.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/01/28 at 15:16

20 years ago Tim B-Lee worked out the www. artifact!

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I do all kinds of things here. I copy in snippets of images, I quote other news items, I write about myself and what I have experienced, I tell the blogosphere about my computing issues and sometimes I record historical moments. And since this is a weblog, I can’t think of a better place to note that www came into common usage about 20 years ago. Here is a quote from that greatest of sources NY Times:

A 1992 paper by Berners-Lee and Cailliau pointed the way to future usage: “The W3 worldview is of documents referring to each other by links,” they wrote. “For its likeness to a spider’s construction, this world is called the Web.”That single spidery word, capitalized or uncapitalized, would bear countless offspring. The online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary catalogs some of the most common web compounds, like web address, web browser, webcam, webcast, web crawler, web developer, web design, webinar, weblog, webmaster, webmistress, web page, web publisher, web server, web site, web surfer and webzine. (The O.E.D. might have gone overboard by including a couple of iffy web-words: webliography, for a Web-based bibliography, and webmeister, a silly alternative to webmaster.)

But that’s not all: weblog, first used in 1997 on Jorn Barger’s “Robot Wisdom Weblog,” made lexical history two years later when Peter Merholz playfully shortened it to blog. Blog soon begat a whole new generation of techno-neologisms in the blogosphere, where bloggers compile blogrolls, celebrate blogiversaries and suffer from blogorrhea. The vowel of blog can mutate, as when law blogs are called blawgs or requests via blog posts are called blegs (combining blog and beg). The “b” in these words is all that remains from its ancestor, Berners-Lee’s Web, and even that slim vestige can be lost when blog blends with other words, as in vlog (a video blog) and splog (a spam blog).

So there it is much ado about Web this and that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/13 at 12:09

G&M’s take on copyright scandals in 21st Facebooking century

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They say in the last two paragraphs:

It’s possible this episode signals that publishers big and small are being put on notice that content theft is unacceptable and will henceforth be vigilantly policed by the eye of the crowds. The plague of small northeastern food magazines copying articles from websites might finally come to an end.

It’s more likely that this serves as a reminder that crowds are attracted to drama above all else: drama over principle, drama over consistency, drama over proportion. To revolt against small outrages wherever it’s expedient, to laugh at the failings of silly villains where they’re available. If this is the future of crowd justice, we’re all in a pickle.

And I suggest that blogging “justice” in China proves that drama is really what all this copyright stuff is about. Whenever I mention any article I give attribution and I spread the word. That’s what really happens on the Web, but IP and copyright fundamentalists don’t get it. We also serve who “copy and propagate”!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/11 at 15:33

From News Trust to Nick Carr and Innocent Fraud

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WWW is such a rich and connected space. I subcribe to an emailing of news aggregated by the News Trust. I began this subscription because they offered to aggregate from a variety of sources including the blogosphere. And this morning they connected me to Nick Carr.

The first connection was whether our use of the web was a form of “addiction” or rather a simple dependency along with all the dependencies we have built up with all the technology we use every without thinking about it much until one day it doesn’t work.

Because I used to like to peruse Carr’s blog stuff, I peaked into his PoP Posts. or whatever he calls that list in this blog and found a post about “innocent fraud” which is a term coined by JK Galbraith, a giant in economics and writing about that and politics. JKG’s last written opus is titled “The Economics of Innocent Fraud”.

The simple example of  innocent fraud is how MSM has accepted the term “The Market Economy” as a more palatable substitute for “Capitalism“. This substitution helps we consumers swallow the lie that the economy is influenced primarily by us, the consumers of the products of the Market Economy. Just an innocent fraud and not a black lie. Nick Carr goes on to comment about the blogosphere that he is a visible part of:

What we tell ourselves about the blogosphere – that it’s open and democratic and egalitarian, that it stands in contrast and in opposition to the controlled and controlling mass media – is an innocent fraud.

So I checked out the Amazon listing of Galbraith’s book. Thus the connected space of the blogosphere, for me this morning reading and blogging in Dalian, China, which is on the coast of the Yellow Sea!

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Maybe you want to think about God’s works!

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Another Sunset
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I’ve been looking at the image in this link to the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

I’ve been posting some of my thoughts about God on Twitter and elsewhere. So it seemed to me a beneficial coincidence that a “tweet” by Rachel Maddow led me to the image link above.

Then when I got here to post Zemanta offered me the image on the right here.

Some would have us believe that evocative images are proof that God is the First Cause of Nature, or something like that. All I think of is that homo sapiens does some pretty startling things to get those images to us, just like that. Including delivering the Internet and WWW with all the words and images we can find there every day.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/04/07 at 23:44

Nicholas Carr of Rough Type asks, “Who killed the blogosphere?”

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He writes/blog posts thus:

It’s no surprise, then, that the vast majority of blogs have been abandoned. Technorati has identified 133 million blogs since it started indexing them in 2002. But at least 94 percent of them have gone dormant, the company reports in its most recent “state of the blogosphere” study. Only 7.4 million blogs had any postings in the last 120 days, and only 1.5 million had any postings in the last seven days.

For me, my blog is an lifo (last in, first out) diary of thoughts and images I find on the Web and in the blogosphere with my own thoughts appended to introduce and comment on those thoughts and images. It’s a collection of thoughts and images published on web sites and in blogs across the Internet’s cyberspace. Since I post about what I find stimulating and fun, my itty bitty part of the 1.5 million blogs that are active won’t die right away.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/07 at 13:34

Have you been Google-ized too?

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Google seems to have iconic features in more ways than one. It is a prominent element in most browsers, the primary web research tool, a top stock, offering a desktop alternative, a brand that is ubiquitous and as recognizable as Apple and the Golden Arches.

Nicholas Carr, who specializes in unconventional insights about computers and computer uses, has contrived a thought provoking question discussed by several “experts” here.

A related question about new forms of reading is discussed in this NY Times piece.

My daily ration of reading is heavily weighted by all that I read on the Internet, the news, blogs, book reviews, history stuff and so on and on. I used to read at least one hard copy newspaper and magazine every day or other day at least.

How has my googleizing and web reading affected me? I know more about the world and about myself in some very specific ways. So I say to Mr. Carr, in the every day sense I have been made unstoopid by Google and its context the web and blog spheres. I spend longer periods almost every day thinking and musing here about a variety of issues, events and visual experiences. It’s a better life IMHO!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/30 at 09:51

According to “The Official Google Blog”

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My web page URL is one in a trillion!

We knew the web was big…

7/25/2008 10:12:00 AM

We’ve known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/26 at 06:23

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