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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.
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.
January 15th, 1990 a funny thing happened.
no circumstances refer to the Internet, the World Wide Web or anything
else for that matter, as "the Internet Space" in casual conversation.
will think you silly. Or
quite possibly both.
only people allowed to use the phrase "Internet Space" in
meetings or at social gatherings are Internet Tycoons, Wired
Magazine editors and ZDTV reporters.
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.
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.
the romance of revolution.
Hemmingway. The Spanish Front. Guernica. Sexy Marxist-Leninist dogma.
Blood in the Streets of Chicago. Apocalypse Now. Commander Taco.
are a number of potential problems that could come back to haunt you
any time you decide to send an e-mail message.
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.
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.
readers, on the other hand, may be in trouble.
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.
you're going to be drinking the stuff morning, noon and night as you
suffer through month after month of mindnumbing labor.
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
what if the stuff is expensive?
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.
[ Full Review ]
(Strunk & Thompson 3rd Edition)
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.
example, in a sentance that begins "XYZ corporation empowers consumers....",
the word "empowers" can be replaced with the word "embezzles"
with very satisfactory results.
in a sentance that reads "the <insert product here>..is a
robust end-to-end solution....", consider changing the word "robust"
readers will worship the ground you walk on. You'll
probably be fired, of course. But don't worry about that.
a nice day....
hacker attacks expected to become more of a problem as Internet usage
increases, many people are understandably worried about security.
yourself isn't that hard. So
why do so many people leave themselves at risk?
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
gets the giggles
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
that two major weaknesses. A little bit o' technology and a functioning
vcr might just save your life one day...
filmmakers have been enjoying tremendous success - in part because of
the growth of film festivals like sundance. The Net will open
even more doors
group Cult of the Dead Cow gained notoriety with Back Orifice,
a program that lets users exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows Operating
members star in this short documentary directed by independent Net filmaker
people make the mistake of assuming they're safe connecting to the Internet
with a home computer.
people are wrong.
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
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