Internet

The Information Factories

The desktop is dead. Welcome to the Internet cloud, where massive facilities across the globe will store all the data you'll ever use. George Gilder on the dawning of the petabyte age.

eBay snubs sellers running Linux

Recent changes to eBay's selling pages no longer offers all features to Linux users. Full selling features are not available from Linux platforms, including uploading photos of items.

Education minister's proposal needs a rewrite

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), which bills itself as the national voice for education in Canada, brings together the ministers of education from across Canada (with the exception of Quebec) to work on issues of mutual concern. At the moment, one such issue is the use of the Internet in the classroom, with CMEC lobbying for a special exception that would allow the education community to freely use any works that are publicly available on the Internet.

Google Webmaster Central Launched

Google launches Webmaster Central. A one-stop shop for comprehensive info about how Google crawls and indexes websites. You can learn here how to ensure that your site is easily crawled and indexed and access tools that will enable you to diagnose crawling issues, study statistics on how your site is doing in their index, and tell them how you'd like your site to be crawled and indexed.

New Auto-Seeding Torrent Server Released

The University of Texas New Media Initiative in association with Google's Summer of Code program have been working on a project to make sharing files over the internet easier than ever before. Summer of Code intern Evan Wilson just released Project Snakebite, the first fully automatic BitTorrent server. Just as with a normal webserver, you drop files in a folder to share them. Snakebite takes care of generating torrent files and running a tracker and a seeder for each file.