The Brits And Storage

The Brits have succeeded in squeezing a terabyte onto a DVD disk, 10 times what the BluRay disks can  currently hold and 50 times the capacity of a double-sided, double-layed DVD. Nature reports that the disk is called MODS, for Multiplexed Optical Data Storage, and could potentially contain 472 hours of video footage – equivalent …

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Another Indexing Program…

Further in my pursuit of the perfect search and indexing software, Sean Franzen points me to Vancouver-based Wisetech Software and their Archivarius 3000 which, he says, “recognizes more file formats than DiskMeta, allows you to index data on network drives and locate your indexes on network drives. The price is very competitive also. Development has been very …

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Internet Explorer Euthanasia

Is Microsoft intentionally allowing Internet Explorer to die? It’s not brand-spanking new as an idea, but that’s the suggestion (I’m guessing the URL; it’s not posted on the website yet) of Dana Blankenhorn, who writes a newsletter called A-Clue.com. In it he writes: Microsoft is deliberately letting Internet Explorer lose the browser market to Mozilla’s …

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Wifi For The (Dialup) Masses

You’d think that dial-up Internet access is not the stuff of sexy business models. Not so. Always On Wireless is about to launch the Always On WiFlyer, an 802.11b-based wireless hub that connects to a phone line and works with all the major dial-up ISPs. It is being touted as Wifi For The Masses, a …

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A New Kind Of Anti-Spam?

Here’s a new anti-spam service which takes a somewhat different approach. RI-based Mail Cruncher works, not by looking at content, but by rating emails according to the reliability of their sender. “In business, I decide to trust other companies based on how long they have been around, their location, who else does business with them, …

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Taiwan ‘Phisher’ Arrested, May Not Be Kingpin, Beaten Up By Father

A Taiwanese teenager has been arrested for phishing, but don’t expect it to bring an end to the problem. The China Post today reported that the 16-year old, surnamed Wu, who was studying at a south Taiwan junior college, has been charged with forgery and fraud. The paper says it’s Taiwan’s first phishing case: If …

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LookSmart Acquires Furl

This whole grab-stuff-from- the-net-and-store-it- somewhere-you-might- be-able-to-find-it thing seems to be taking off at long last. Furl, which allows you to save clips from the Internet and store/share/access/search them easily, has just told its customers in an email (no URL available yet) that it has been bought by LookSmart, a SF-based “provider of Web search and …

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A Directory Of RSS Variants

This week’s Loose Wire column is about how to get RSS feeds without too much palaver. Full text at the Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription required, trial available) or at WSJ.com (subscription required). Old columns at feer.com here. Here’s some other stuff I wasn’t able to include in the column for reasons of space (I’ve removed …

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How To Hoover Up Addresses

Maybe it’s just the summer heat but I get the feeling that, finally, people are focusing on software tools that really make working on a computer easier. Sure this has been the case for a while, but these companies seem to actually stick around long enough to make some money. So they have to be …

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