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Botnets (again)

Just about three years ago I posted Botnets that featured a link to Ed Felten’s article citing the lack of attention paid to botnets. Here they come again. The botnet world is booming – Network World “The thriving world of botnet attacks continues to demand IT’s attention.” (tags: botnets botnet articles computers networking security internet) […]


Web 2.0 5 years later, open data and searching

Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On: Web 2.0 Summit 2009 – Co-produced by TechWeb & O’Reilly Conferences, October 20 – 22, 2009, San Francisco, CA “Five years ago, we launched a conference based on a simple idea, and that idea grew into a movement. The original Web 2.0 Conference ( now the Web 2.0 […]

Podcast links for July 2009

Been working on a chapter about podcasts, and came up with this collection of links. Podcast directory, podcast reviews and podcasting resource : is a podcast directory that helps you find podcasts, read and write podcast reviews, listen to podcasts and share your podcast with others. (tags: podcast Directory Podcasts podcasting audio search […]


Open Courseware & Death By Audio links for 2009-07-21

Wired Campus: David Wiley: Open Teaching Multiplies the Benefit but Not the Effort – ” Do we professors, who live rather privileged lives relative to the vast majority of the planet’s population, have a moral obligation to make our teaching efforts as broadly impactful as possible, reaching out to bless the lives of as […]

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Internet Research Tips & Internet Turorials

A couple of links surfaced recently. They are about doing research and tutorials for using the Internet.They are worth keeping track of. Internet Research Tips – How To Use The Web To Research A Topic “Searching the web seems like an easy prospect. Take, for example, the person searching who wants to learn how to […]

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Folksonomies, metada, and tagging

Here are a set of links to some authoritative voices on the topics of tags, folksonomies, and metadata in the order I read them. The simplicity of the Web and large amounts of data. As Shirky says – it’s about the links, not the categories. Folksonomies – Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata “This […]

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Library of Congress Webcasts and American Folklife Center; Free Internet Music Resources

Online Collections and Presentation (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress) The American Folklife Center provides online access to selected portions of our collections. We create our own online presentations on various topics and the American Memory project provides additional online access to selected collections. Online content may include audio samples of music and stories, […]

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Search Distance

In thinking about how metadata is used necessarily in searching for most non-text items, a related concept of how far we are from what we seek in a search.  In some cases all we can use is metadata. For example when we search for an image, We cannot present an image to a search engine […]

Metadata and searching for non-text items

There is a fundamental difference searching for non-text items compared to  searching for text items such as documents and other Web pages.  The difference is not in the techniques we use, but  since we usually use text for our searches when we search for non-text items, our search is based on secondary information, often descriptive […]

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Open Access, Network Economy

The first two links deal with open access to information. The first is a presented as a parable that tells of an inventor who has a great idea and develops it into a product. However, the truckers, the ones who control the distribution lines will not agree to distribute it unless the inventor signs over […]