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Taking your Business online? Look before you link
The web site that launched a thousand (annoying) e-mails.

Do unto Microsoft
Our top ten alternative punishments for Microsoft...

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General Internet
oi!: If you like this, you'll probably also like reading about digital music

Cult of the Dead Cow
Imagine the scene.

You're surfing along, minding your own business, on your way to view your personalized stock quotes, or read Wired News, or do whatever it is you do online, when all of a sudden something out of the ordinary happens.

read on

The Hacker Crackdown
The recent uproar about hacking isn't the first time attention has been focused on the digital underground. Chances are it won't be the last.

On January 15th, 1990 a funny thing happened.

AT&T went down

[Full Review]

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netiquette tip
Under no circumstances refer to the Internet, the World Wide Web or anything else for that matter, as "the Internet Space" in casual conversation.

People will think you silly. Or pretentious. And quite possibly both.

The only people allowed to use the phrase "Internet Space" in meetings or at social gatherings are Internet Tycoons, Wired Magazine editors and ZDTV reporters.

The ClueTrain Manifesto
Dear Sir or Madam,
You may think you are safe hiding in your cubicle but you're not. You are in grave danger.

Like a growing number of likeminded cultural critics and a few outspoken industry analysts, the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto think something's gone wrong with the way American corporations are doing business in the Internet Age.

Thier response - a list of ninety-five criticisms of the way American companies are doing business in the Internet age was a smash when it first appeared on the web. The book, published by Perseus, is a hot item on the bestseller lists.

The Wall Street Journal called it "absolutely brilliant" - So do we.

All aboard.

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Ah the romance of revolution.

Orwell. Hemmingway. The Spanish Front. Guernica. Sexy Marxist-Leninist dogma. Blood in the Streets of Chicago. Apocalypse Now. Commander Taco.

Commander Taco?

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Disappearing Inc.
There are a number of potential problems that could come back to haunt you any time you decide to send an e-mail message.

The first. (unpleasant) A malicious somebody could decide to forward your message to the last person in the world you want reading it. Your wife/boss/competition might well find the details of your correspondence fascinating reading.

The second. (equally unpleasant) Your innocent little memo could end up as evidence to be used against you in a court of law.

See: Microsoft/Evidence/Damaging.

San Francisco, California-based Disappearing Inc. has come up with an obvious if dramatic-sounding solution: e-mail which self-destructs shortly after having been opened.

This inexpensive software promises to be a hit with security conscious companies concerned with the confidentiality of internal documents.

Slow readers, on the other hand, may be in trouble.
If you're thinking about starting an Internet company, there's a fact you're going to have to get used to.

You're going to need coffee.

Lots of coffee.

Because you're going to be drinking the stuff morning, noon and night as you suffer through month after month of mindnumbing labor.

Forget what the stuff is going to do your body. Order your favorite blends, kill some time researching exotic sounding coffees from places like Bora Bora and Tahiti, even pick up a Bodum or two to impress the incubator people with your knowledge of Silicon valley customs.

So what if the stuff is expensive?

You're pre-IPO. You're worth it

It's easy to tune out the uproar about privacy on the web. After all, similar complaints have been around for years. The health care industry, the government and insurance companies have all been accused of prying into Americans private lives over the past twenty years. The difference this time? Internet companies have the technology to do anything they want.

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_Netiquette Tip
(Strunk & Thompson 3rd Edition)
If you're a journalist covering the high tech industry and you feel you have absolutely no choice but to regularly include material taken verbatim from company press releases in your stories, consider changing a word here and there to add a little pizzaz to your work.

For example, in a sentance that begins "XYZ corporation empowers consumers....", the word "empowers" can be replaced with the word "embezzles" with very satisfactory results.

Likewise, in a sentance that reads "the <insert product here> a robust end-to-end solution....", consider changing the word "robust" to "rodentlike"....

Your readers will worship the ground you walk on. You'll probably be fired, of course. But don't worry about that.

You deserve it.

Have a nice day....

Lockdown 2000
With hacker attacks expected to become more of a problem as Internet usage increases, many people are understandably worried about security.

Protecting yourself isn't that hard. So why do so many people leave themselves at risk?

[Full Review]

Come to think of it the Internet is actually pretty funny. There's plenty of material for satire in cyberspace - from kooky web sites to pathetic e-commerce pitches.

Userfriendly gets the giggles

Despite all of our wondrous accomplishments as a civilization, Americans still have one major weakness. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that weakness is Sex

Internet Movie Database
Make that two major weaknesses. A little bit o' technology and a functioning vcr might just save your life one day...
Independent filmmakers have been enjoying tremendous success - in part because of the growth of film festivals like sundance. The Net will open even more doors

Hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow gained notoriety with Back Orifice, a program that lets users exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows Operating System. Group members star in this short documentary directed by independent Net filmaker Joshua Barker.


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Back Orifice 2000
Many people make the mistake of assuming they're safe connecting to the Internet with a home computer.

Those people are wrong.

Utilities that let hackers break into almost any computer they want are widely available. The most popular may be the evil-sounding Back Orifice from Cult of the Dead Cow. read on...

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