It looks like Microsoft is finally putting their foot down. Your old, unpatched browser is not going to cut it anymore, they want you to update and they are going to cut off updates to older versions to make sure that you do.
If you are like me you first heard of AOL when you would get their CDs in the mail for their dial-up service. Well it has been quite a while since AOL has sent those out or we have even thought about dial-up, but surprisingly its legacy dial-up subscription business is still generating a big portion of its sales and most of its profits.
In spite of the obvious and undeniable progress of evolution, a man lives by his needs and instincts. If his requirements are met, a person is experiencing encouraging emotions and acquires some life energy. This is a natural response to a positive stimulus. Naturally, the needs are divided into inferior and superior ones. The internet is so firmly inserted into our lives that have eventually become a necessity, and often is listed as a superior one. On an equal basis with face-to-face communication, receiving information through reading books and newspapers, magazines, television viewing, staying online satisfies the human need for socialization. Thanks to the Internet and its wide spread people are now permanently free of the fear of loneliness. Internet is a source of positive emotions, and as a consequence, it provides us with life energy. This motivates a person to use the Internet further, again and again.
Crazy to think but just 20 years ago yesterday you could not access the World Wide Web. The actual Internet had existed for many years, but it was not until Tim Berners-Lee who was working at CERN at the time, developed the software to make what we know as now as the World Wide Web possible. Think just in a short 20 years how much information is easily accessible on the Internet.
Slashdot the “News for nerds, stuff that matters” social news site turns 15 this month. I have been using Slashdot for many years and it is one of the first real social news sites and site that posted tech / nerd news. For me the “News for nerds, stuff that matters” really hit a chord because it was the type of news I was looking for on the internet, not popular news or politics. Also the fact that the content was user-driven was really interesting to me. Being in the tech industry we see many sites come and go, but it is great to see Slashdot alive and well.
John Curran, President and CEO of the non-profit American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit down with me and discuss a major problem the world is facing in the next two years. The Internet is running out of IP addresses–numbers computers use to contact each other on the Internet, but there is a solution. This solution is IPv6, an method of addressing which greatly expands the number of addresses available, which ensures that every computer, mobile phone, e-book reader, gaming console, refridgerator, and any other Internet-connected device can talk to each other.