Category: Internet

November 2nd, 2017 by Michael Sauers

I wan mentioning the other day that way back in 1995 I sent a copy of the Netscape IPO prospectus to my father and he didn’t listen to me. I wish I still had an original just for fun, but the Internet Archive does have it available online.

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May 12th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

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May 5th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

Published on Apr 28, 2017

What happens when Pied Piper comes to Google? Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods, and Martin Starr Talk Season 4 of HBO’s Silicon Valley, and the lines between reality and fiction blur.

More about the show: In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Showrunners Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) and Alec Berg (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) have teamed up to satirize Silicon Valley in this award-winning comedy now airing its fourth season.

Silicon Valley is on Sundays on HBO at 10pm.
Moderated by Dana Han-Klein

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January 19th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

Online workshop, 28 February 2006.

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October 13th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

I guess needed to bookmark the Yahoo! Calendar back on 20 August 2003.

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May 26th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

September 9, 2008 to be exact. Listen here.

Many of us use it every day and have trouble remembering life without it.  The usefulness and ubiquity of the Internet has made looking for information as easy as pushing a button.  The personal computer created an Internet where anyone with a keyboard could be master and commander of the World Wide Web. Now,Internet-centered products — such as iPhones, Xboxes, and TiVos — can’t be easily modified by anyone except their vendors and are killing the innovation of the once-open Internet according Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

In a new book titled The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It, Zittrain argues that the Internet’s current trajectory is one of lost opportunity. Zittrain reasons that the seemingly endless Internet is on a path to tighter security— such as car GPS systems reconfigured at the demand of law enforcement to eavesdrop on occupants.

Today Michael Sauers, the “Travelin’ Librarian” from the Nebraska Library Commission talks with guest host Stephen Steigman about how the salvation of the Internet lies in the hands of the users. Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, we’ll discuss how to develop new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, and participate in solutions. We’ll look at the role technology is playing in library services (both good and bad) and we’ll examine search engines and how to use the latest Web 2.0 – from improving basic search skills and evaluating search results to making the best use of search engines. We’ll also discuss digital rights management, creative commons, and other copyright issues.

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November 9th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Source: http://xkcd.com/1601/

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July 11th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

20 years ago, Rimm’s study of online porn made the cover of Time Magazine and put the Net on a collision course with Congress. Then he disappeared.

“Hell hath no fury like the Internet scorned. Just ask Marty Rimm.”The New York Times, July 17, 1995.

In my 35 years banging at a keyboard for Time Inc. I’ve churned out a lot of stories—hundreds for Time Magazine, thousands for Fortune.com.

But the worst—by far—was the Cyberporn story that made the cover of Time 20 years ago, issued datedJuly 3, 1995.

Read the full article @ Fortune.

(Yes, that’s my personal bagged & boarded copy of that issue of Time Magazine bought back when I was in Library School.)

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July 9th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Our primary concern, and reason for taking the site down temporarily, is that Reddit’s management made critical changes to a very popular website without any apparent care for how those changes might affect their biggest resource: the community and the moderators that help tend the subreddits that constitute the site. Moderators commit their time to the site to foster engaging communities. Ms. Taylor’s sudden termination is just the most recent example of management’s making changes without thinking through what those changes might mean for the people who use the site on a daily basis.

The issue goes beyond Reddit. We are concerned with what a move like this means for for-profit companies that depend on the free labor of volunteers — and whether they truly understand what makes an online community vibrant. [emphasis mine]

Source: Why We Shut Down Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ Forum – The New York Times

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June 19th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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