Archive for September, 2008

Electronic Family Ties: Why the Internet is important in my life

Tweet My older brother and I have always been close.  We attended the same elementary school, high school and university; we spent years bailing each other out of trouble, sharing rides, advice and friends.  He was always around to help me with problems or initiate wild adventures.  After graduation he moved to Wyoming, leaving me […]

One Web Day, Google and Grandfather

Tweet That whole Google thing is incredible!” These were direct words from my 81-year-old grandfather.  His generation had to actually spend hours in the campus library, pouring over book after book to find research for that mid-term paper.  Now we can just “Google” it. While it may be that my generation takes the Internet for […]

“How did the web change your life?”

Tweet Web penetration in Brazilian population is still considerably low (22.4%), even with the significant increase since 2003 (10%). Video title: “How did the web change your life?” Author: Elisa Gandour Duration: 3:23 Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil Language: Portuguese Transcription “Marina, how did the web change your life?” “I found my first boyfriend through […]

What has a “really stupid” name and gets a B+ or A- Grade?

Tweet On February 7, 1958, in response to the launch of Sputnik, the US Department of Defense established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). Several years later ARPA began to focus on computer networking and communications technology. UCLA proposed to DARPA to organize and run a Network Measurement Center for the ARPANET project. Around Labor […]

One Web for Days of Independence

Tweet When I first saw the worldwide web in a university computer lab, I knew it would change everything but had no idea that it could help people take specific actions to manage politicians and government employees. That’s not surprising. Most of us still don’t know how close we are to that goal. I started […]

Internet: We are the Internet (A Internet: uma questão de pronome)

Tweet (for the Portuguese version of this Story, please scroll down) The Internet is a constantly changing and thought-provoking entity. An age-old question, which is both archetypal and arrogant, yet at the same time quite poignant is: Who are we? But can you believe that the Internet has been helping us to unravel this mystery. […]

Story of a browser evolving in tune with the evolution of the Web.

Tweet People are watching and uploading videos, music, chatting with each other, playing web based games. The web wasn’t like that when it all started and all these did not exist when the first browsers were created. Early web pages were hypertext pages, pictures were possible but beyond that the early web pages was nowhere […]