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I actually haven't watched more than a couple minutes of any of Lonelygirl15's videos, but I'm aware of what a sensation she has become on YouTube. What I only learned recently is that her whole story is fictional, that she's played by an actress named Jessica Rose, and that her videos are written, produced, and directed by two guys, one of whose bedroom is used for the shoot.

If you're interested, the Wired.com article where I read about this is here, and Lonelygirl15's page on YouTube is here. These guys have over 60 thousand subscribers, for Pete's sake. And I see from many of the comments on her vlog that people are mainly trying to use her +++ pageviews to promote themselves, too.

Interesting phenom, this.
iamom: (newk)
This TechCrunch article describes how The Big 3 will adopt a new standardized protocol for tracking website changes in their search indexes. Neat idea.
iamom: (jakob nielsen + hoa loranger)
This recent Alertbox article discusses the growth in the number of websites each year since the Web's founding (considered here to be 1991). Jakob Nielsen (pictured in icon with Hoa Loranger) recalls the year 1994, when the web expanded by 16 thousand percent by increasing its number of websites that year from 700 to 12,000.

When I calculated the percent change between 700 and 12,000, I got 16 hundred percent, not 16 thousand. Did I do that wrong, or did he? Anyone else care to try? [livejournal.com profile] aldoushuxley is a bit of a math head. As are [livejournal.com profile] vyus, probably [livejournal.com profile] blorky, [livejournal.com profile] twid, and others.
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What makes this so-called Web 2.0 (i.e. the widespread use of collaborative, web-based tools and applications (usually available cross-platform via any web browser) to organize the world's information and to perform the world's technical computing tasks) powerful, in my opinion, is tagging. When people using the internet (and conducting research and posting their thoughts, opinions, and analysis on the world around or within them) start to use a standardized content tagging system such that web searches 'by tag' (LiveJournal, Blogger, Technorati, Delicious, Magnolia, whatever) or using tag clouds (LOVE tag clouds, love 'em) renders the most valuable and most pertinent results. More valuable and more pertinent because the regular people using the services become the content indexers, as opposed to the old days, when only HTML developers would include really good metatags and content in the HTML page headers of a given article.

Builds a better keyword index, if nothing else. And I love the cross-platform nature of it, too. Here I am, on my beautiful Mac notebook, no worse off (indeed, much better off) than I was six months ago with my PC.

Okay, now I'm really rambling.
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I've been researching content management platforms for powering ulisten.net, and after selecting the blogging engine WordPress, I discovered that they feature a number of web hosts that are streamlined to deal with their platform and also not very expensive. It also struck me that these hosts are advertising good deliverables for a reasonable price.

Here is the list of WordPress-friendly webhosts, along with the WordPress installation instructions for any web server . My synopsis of the best-looking hosts is below. I ended up choosing AN Hosting out of Chicago, and so far everything has been running smoothly. I'm just about to transfer three other domains to this new host though, so it remains to be seen how smoothly the final move will go.

NOTE: These plans have to be pre-paid for at least 1 year.

AN Hosting (Chicago, IL)
free domain name for life (up to 20 domains can be hosted on each account)
15 GB storage + 250 GB monthly transfer
PHP, Perl and MySQL
unlimited e-mail accounts

DreamHost (Brea, CA)
free domain name (unlimited domains can be hosted)
20 GB storage + 1 TB monthly transfer
3,000 e-mail accounts
$9.95/month ($7.95 if prepaid for 2 years)

BlueHost (Orem, UT)
free domain name (up to 6 domains and 20 subdomains can be hosted)
15 GB storage / 400 GB monthly transfer
2,500 e-mail accounts (web/pop/imap)
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This term Web 2.0 (Google | Wikipedia | Technorati) gets bandied about a lot these days, and even though I've been using several Web 2.0 services for awhile (LJ, Wikipedia, Gmail et al, del.icio.us, digg, etc.), I didn't really know what the heck they were talking about until recently.

Mark Glaser, of PBS.org's excellent MediaShift blog, just posted an entry about Defining Web 2.0.  It goes a fair way to clear things up, plus links to some other good articles on the topic. From his entry:

1. Generally refers to a second generation of services available on the World Wide Web that let people collaborate, and share information online (Source: Wikipedia ).
2. Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices (Source: Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Publishing, who runs the Web 2.0 conference ).
3. With its allusion to the version numbers that commonly designate software upgrades, Web 2.0 was a trendy way to indicate an improved form of the World Wide Web (also from Wikipedia).
4. Web 2.0 is the latest moniker in an endless effort to reignite the dot-com mania of the late 1990s (Source: John Dvorak of PC Magazine).
5. It’s a technology upgrade, one that finally does what they’d said version 1.0 would do (Source: Paul Boutin of Slate).

For the long-form definition, check out O’Reilly’s essay, What is Web 2.0.

iamom: (mos def)
Ever surf through Archive.org's Way-Back Machine?

Here's their earliest copy of Microsoft's home page from 1996. And here's a description of Microsoft.com's architecture (circa 1996), which says how they have 8.7 GB of software online.

And remember Napster? The original one? Here's Napster's site circa 2000.

I'm having a block about other good sites to check out, though. Anyone else have any good ones to suggest?
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Excellent website that writes up articles concerning media and public-interest issues of interest to the largest number of people. This article about the end of oil is a very good read. A quote:
Best case: we've got about 45 years until the oil runs out. But be warned: our troubles will start when global demand exceeds readily available supplies. And many people say that we're already there.


Jul. 11th, 2005 06:02 am
iamom: (zoebright)

It's actually a pretty good site. Pretty, anyway. And lots of good photos.
iamom: (suntrees)
Loyola U's Master Muscle List by Region:

Typorganism (can't describe it, must be seen, will waste your time in a good way):

Mystery Net online mysteries, mystery puzzles, and games:

Andrew Davidhazy's High-Speed Photography:

Google Mirror (you have to type in your search terms in reverse:

International High IQ Society (I scored 123?!)

ACLU website:

Epitonic choose-your-own-genre radio station:

A dot for every second of the day:

80s Lyrics Quiz:
iamom: (iam)
I might just not be technically adept enough, but in the past, when I've tried to find the physical location (e.g. city) of a given IP address, I haven't had much luck. Then I heard a term called "reverse DNS lookup" and went on to find the following site, which makes it a piece of cake:


Just so you know.
iamom: (zoe looking up)
A spoof 404 error page that tells you you've been online for too long:



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