Category Archives: Internet

Web Search Changes Diagnosis

What’s amazing about this story is not that someone learned an important medical fact from a web search–that happens all the time. Rather, it’s that the doctors listened to their patients and were willing to admit they were wrong. How often does that happen? Howard and Melissa of Boca Raton, Florida found out first hand [...]

Opera’s Now Free

A few weeks ago Opera offered free license codes, but the company recently decided to make its browser free with no advertising banners. Now Opera is in a better spot to help Firefox eat into Internet Explorer’s market share, a good thing for everybody: web developers and users. HT: digg.com

Technorati and Newsweek Join Forces

I didn’t learn of this until I happened to post something with just the right tags. Then suddenly I started getting dozens of referrals from MSNBC’s Newsweek section. The online versions of Newsweek and the Washington Post now show related Technorati results in a sidebar. This should help Technorati stand up against the advent of [...]

Firefox Under Fire

George Ou at ZDNet suggests that the Firefox “honeymoon” is over. Now that Firefox has become the first viable contender to Microsoft Internet Explorer in years, its popularity has brought with it some unwanted attention. Last week’s premature disclosure of a zero-day Firefox exploit came a few weeks after a zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer [...]

New York Times Restricts Access to Columnists

The marquee columnists for The New York Times’ Op-Ed page – including Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich – generate lots of interest and discussion online. Now, the paper is hoping they’ll also generate something else: cash. Beginning Monday, the Times will begin charging $49.95 a year to people who don’t get the [...]

Armchair Archeology

Using satellite images from Google Maps and Google Earth, an Italian computer programmer has stumbled upon the remains of an ancient villa. Luca Mori was studying maps of the region around his town of Sorbolo, near Parma, when he noticed a prominent, oval, shaded form more than 500 metres long. It was the meander of [...]