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TBTF for 1996-09-08: En Espanol

Keith Dawson (dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com)
Sun, 8 Sep 1996 23:40:56 -0400

Are NT Workstation and NT Server the same?

TBTF for 1996-08-08 [1] summarizes a messy fight between Microsoft and Netscape, et al., over the licensing provisions of Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. One of the combatents not mentioned in the earlier coverage is O'Reilly Associates, who like Netscape makes a Web server that can run on the less expensive NTW platform. Two days ago O'Reilly senior editor Andrew Schulman <andrew at ora dot com> published an article [2] claiming that NTW and NTS are in fact identical, except for the values of two registry settings [3]. Tests run by PC Week [4] are cited in the O'Reilly article, although the results seem to me to bolster Microsoft's claim that NTS is optimized for a server role. (Either Microsoft's or Netscape's server, running on either NTW or NTS, could easily serve enough users to saturate a T1 connection, according to PC Week.)

[1] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1996-08-08.html>
[2] <http://www.software.ora.com/news/ms_internet_andrews.html>
[3] <http://www.pcweek.com/news/0902/06ent.html>
[4] <http://www.pcweek.com/news/0826/26lic.html>

Threads Commercial spammers
See also TBTF for
1997-10-20, 1996-10-31, 10-09, 09-08, 08-25, 1995-12-22, 11-29

AOL enjoined from blocking spam

America Online blocked all email from five Net addresses belonging to companies AOL believes responsible for sending upwards of a million "spam" email advertising messages to AOL subscribers. According to AOL the volume of unwanted spam email is the now number-one complaint of its members. One of the alleged spammers, Cyber Promotions Inc., filed suit, and the next day a Federal judge ordered AOL to stop blocking the mailings pending a trial scheduled for November. AOL has appealed. NetDay provides details at [5].

[5] <http://netday.iworld.com/simba/9609/96090601.html>


A pioneer anonymous remailer shutters the shop

Johan (Julf) Helsingius of Finland, who has run the anonymous email server anon.penet.fi since 1993, shut it down last week. On 1995-08-25 the British Observer newspaper had run a banner-headline front-page article [6] titled "The Peddlers of child abuse." The article, which is both technically inaccurate and seemingly libelous (a lawsuit has in fact been filed [7], [8]), accuses Helsingius and the owner of England's largest ISP of willing complicity in child pornography. Helsingius attributed his decision not to the Observer article's appearance, but rather to the lack of clearly defined laws relating to the Internet. Helsingius is a scarred veteran of the anonymity wars, fighting the Church of Scientology to keep the identity of a user private (see TBTF for 1995-08-25 [9] and [10]).

Other anonymous remailers remain in service; Community ConneXion supports a free encrypting interface to ten of them [11].

[6] <http://scallywag.com/>
[7] <http://www.demon.net/observer1.html>
[8] <http://www.demon.net/observer2.html>
[9] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1995-08-25.html>
[10] <http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/scientology/anon/penet.html>
[11] <http://www.c2.net/remail/>


Religion on the Net

It's long been my belief that the content on the Net must mirror the interests of humans in the aggregate. Business, science, politics, pornography, religion -- if people spend energy on it in "meatspace" they will spend energy on it on the Net. Recently I've been accreting pointers to religious sites. Here are a few.

Ultraseek [17] provides a quick count of Web pages having the following words in their titles. The total of 63,785 compares favorably with the cyberporn count of 11,702.

  21740    church,temple,mosque,archdiocese
  19560    hindu,catholic,baptist,lutheran,muslim,orthodox,protestant
  12569    christian
   6120    bible,koran,torah
   3796    jesus,buddha
[12] <http://www.churchsurf.com/>
[13] <http://www.christdesert.org/pax.html>
[14] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1995-04-29.html>
[15] <http://gigue.peabody.jhu.edu/~asherber/ha/electronic.confession>
[16] <http://www.partenia.fr/indexU.html>
[17] <http://ultra.infoseek.com/>


Followup: How's Java doing?

In TBTF for 1995-11-08 [18], written from Sun's first Java Day, I alluded to the new (to me) idea that the Java language might be good for more than animating Web pages. Last November people weren't talking much about the intranet with a little "i"; the term first appeared in TBTF, for example, on 1996-05-12 [19]. It has since become a commonplace that the money made from Net technologies over the next several years, at least, will mostly be made by targeting the builders of corporate intranets. The MIS world is now taking seriously the notion of using intranets and Web browsers to develop and deliver corporate applications. In a real sense Web technology has picked up the gantlet from the declining client/server model.

Here are some recent developments in the conquering march of Java.

[18] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1995-11-08.html>
[19] <http://www.tbtf.com/archive/1996-05-12.html>
[20] <http://ncc.hursley.ibm.com/javainfo/latest/j1prods.html>
[21] <http://zebra.asta.fh-weingarten.de/os2/beta-faq/beta_faq.html#Merlin>
[21a] <http://www.taligent.com/CompanyInfo/PressReleases/javasoft_8_96_release.html>
[22] <http://sunsite.utk.edu/winners_circle/index.html>
[23] <http://www.sun.com/smi/Press/sunflash/9608/sunflash.960821.17244.html>


Essential Tools: Publicizing your Web page

Collected at [24]

A new user queried the Apple Internet Authoring mailing list for advice on getting the word out about his new Web page. The query drew this detailed and cogent response [25] From Bob Reap <reap at counsel dot net>. It's a blueprint for doing the hard work of letting the world know about your site, to the point of diminishing returns.

[24] <http://www.tbtf.com/essential-tools.html>
[25] <http://www.counsel.net/info/marketing.html>


Learning to think like an email direct marketer

Whether you call it "marketing via email" or "spamming," you might be interested in following a moderated conversation among its practitioners. The Direct Email Marketing Association (DEMA) hosts a mailing list and Web archive [26]. I've subscribed for a while now and even posted once or twice. The moderator, Rob Zee <dema at kww dot com>, maintains an upbeat tone and seems sincerely to want to educate the list about what is and is not acceptable behavior on the Web -- with the goal of finding ways to make unsolicted commercial email palatable to recipients and ISPs. Zee is also collecting names/addresses of Netizens who wish not to receive commercial email; he plans to make the list publicly available, at which time reputable marketers should begin to filter their mailing lists against it.

I learned of the DEMA list from Phil Agre's <pagre at weber dot ucsd dot edu> Red Rock Eater news service.

[26] <http://kww.com/dema/>


En Espanol

Thanks to Bruno Unna <bruno at sac dot org dot org dot mx> of Internet de Alta Calidad in Mexico City, TBTF will henceforward be available to Spanish-speaking readers. See [27] for the first translated issue. In future the latest issue can be found at [28]. I don't read Spanish myself, but it's apparent that Bruno translates the news and omits my wisecracks. His site is better designed than mine, too.



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