this has been around for a while, but in case you haven’t seen it here is a pretty cool animated history of the internet.
So if you have a few min (8 to be honest) check out the video.
I found this video on techcrunch here about the future of newspapers seen back in 1981 and wanted to share it with you all – it’s quite funny
My favourite part is that it takes over 2 hours to receive the whole newspaper and back then the hourly use charge of the telephone was $5 which makes this newspaper 10 bucks – pretty hefty 🙂
Taken from Boing Boing
In a move that seems to be happening without comment from the Australian media, the Australian government is introducing a censorship regime ostensibly targeted at stopping teenagers accessing online porn.
But rather than being an opt-in system, it’s “opt-out”. I use the scare quotes because, and this is most insidious part, you can’t actually opt out – you can merely be placed on a alternative blacklist which, instead of blocking “content innappropriate for children”, block any material deemed to be illegal.
The fact that it will likely reduce everyone’s internet performance is secondary; It will most likely incorrectly block 1% of sites, and now what you are allowed to view online is determined and controlled by the state (although most likely quite inaccurately).
The rationale is that since they’re setting it up anyway, they’re morally obliged to block traffic deemed illegal:
“Illegal is illegal and if there is infrastructure in place to block it, then it will be required to be blocked — end of story.”
I don’t think I need to go into too much detail about the potential threat to our civil liberties.
People of Australia, please write to your MPs to voice your opposition to this.
First Person to solve this challenge and post the answer in the comments will enjoy the title of “Internet Challenge Winner Sept 2008” for the rest of the month, and their name inserted below in red!
Winner = Joshua Oliver – well done Joshua (see comments).
This challenge has been won but why not test yourself and see if you can beet Joshua’s time of 4 mins. Want to try a tougher one? (here)
What’s the story behind this strange picture (can you spot what’s not quite right?) Who took the photo and where’s the source URL.
Time of posting 6.34 : Wed Sept 3rd 2008.
Rules for this challenge:
1. Winner to post answer in comments with your name.
2. Winner must post link to the original source of the photo.
3. Winner must explain the back story behind the image.
4. Winner should state how long it took them to find.
5. Miss out either 1,2,3,4 and you will be disqualified!
– Amusing comments and guesses are welcome.
– No prize – just the glory of having your name (in red) above!