April 2011

Friendster to Delete Old Data

Original social network will begin taking down early user content

The forerunner to social media as we know it will be deleting stored content from its servers in the near future.

The Friendster network was bought by a Malaysian company in 2009 and is still active as a social gaming site popular in several Asian countries. For American users, the site lingers on the web like a ghost town, harboring frozen memories of life in the early aughts.  Since the great Facebook emigration, older networking sites now serve mainly as time capsules.

Hipster Animals

Illustrator furthers adorable meme

I love me some Hipster Kitty. Something about attributing the abominable habits of our culture's worst youth demographic to an adorable kitten just tickles my fancy. Look! He has holes in his purple hoodie for his ears! It almost makes the destructive overconsumption of our time seem okay.

Lucky for me, one Dyna Moe is out to give the whole animal kingdom the hipster treatment. Her colorful vector illustrations put all sorts of anthropomorphic animals in ridiculous clothes and party situations. If you ever wanted to see a red panda shotgun two PBRs, she's got you covered.

The Internet Generation and Social Learning

...or trying to move with the target

   Americans love labels. You put a label on it and you give it an identity, you humanize it. One of the most elusive things we've attempted to label is generations; those loosely related groups of individuals born in the same relative time period and disposed to the same relative cultural experience (notice how it's all relative). Visit any number of publications and you'll get relatively (again) similar accounts of the generational periods, qualities, and ranges of dates in which its members were born.

- The Greatest Generation from 1901 - 1925, came of age during the Great Depression and was involved in one or both fo the World Wars. (Dubbed by Tom brokaw in his book of the same name.)

The Right to be Forgotten

We all do stupid things at some point of our life, especially when we are young. Unfortunately, these days, kids are putting their stupidity online on Facebook pages. And there are things that happened that are reported incorrectly and then later corrected in the media. As time went by, it became increasingly unlikely that the incorrect information would come to light unless someone went to a lot of trouble. Now, a Google search can uncover old information in seconds on just about anyone. Now all of us are vulnerable to having past mistakes and indiscretions pop up to cause us trouble.

Google Street View Problems

Google has a fleet of vehicles with external cameras on swivel mounts which are driving around in cities and towns all over the world. Google provides a site where anyone can experience the street level view of the scanned cities and towns. This can be useful for tourists, travelers, researchers and fun for casual Internet browsing. Unfortunately, sometimes the cameras captures things that people would rather keep private such as embarrassing things glimpsed through curtains and cars parked where they should not be. There have been law suits to have some scenes removed from the Google site.

The Internet is Running Out of Addresses

The Internet began in 1969 when 4 computers were connected to each other over phone lines. Over the years, it has grown to millions of computers interconnected all over the world. On the Internet, there is a numerical string called an Internet Protocol address assigned to each device for purposes of communication under the IPv4 system. These numbers are 32 bit binary but they are usually displayed in human readable form as 4 sets of three digits each such as 172.16.254.1.

The Deep Web

 Last week, I posted about the Dark Internet. This post is about something called the “Deep Web.” Unlike the Dark Internet, the servers on the Deep Web are part of the public Internet and can be reached from any connected computer. The Deep Web is a name given to the web pages that cannot be indexed by the popular search engines such as Bing and Google.

The search engines use programs called bots that crawl through web pages indexing key words so those pages can be returned as results in an Internet search. The pages that can be indexed are referred to as the “Surface Web”.

The Dark Internet

 

I recently read a novel entitled Daemon by Daniel Suarez and he mentioned the “Dark Internet”. I was intrigued so I did a little research. The Dark Internet refers to unreachable network hosts on the Internet or any portion of the Internet that cannot be reached by computers attached to the public Internet.