Monthly Archives: April 2007

Happy Birthday Internet!

Today is the 39th Birthday of the Internet.

April 7, 1969: Birth of that thing we call the Internet

 1969: The publication of the first “request for comments,” or RFC, documents paves the way for the birth of the internet.

April 7 is often cited as a symbolic birth date of the net because the RFC memoranda contain research, proposals and methodologies applicable to internet technology were first published on this day. RFC documents provide a way for engineers and others to kick around new ideas in a public forum; sometimes, these ideas are adopted as new standards by the Internet Engineering Task Force.

One interesting aspect of the RFC is that each document is issued a unique serial number. An individual paper cannot be overwritten; rather, updates or corrections are submitted on a separate RFC. The result is an ongoing historical record of the evolution of internet standards.

When it comes to the birth of the net, Jan. 1, 1983, also has its supporters. On that date, the National Science Foundation’s university network backbone, a precursor to the World Wide Web, became operational.


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Vir Sanghvi Blasts the Communists

He actually called the CPI(M) as ‘thugs and murderers’ for the massacre of innocents in Nandigram and infact he goes on to draw parallels with Mao and Stalin and the finest traditions of ‘global communism’.

One wonders how long  it is before Vir Sanghvi is denounced as a “counter-revolutionary” and a “closet communalist” by his leftist media colleagues and “intellectuals”.

The Bengal Paradox

It is now over a decade since I moved out of Calcutta. But watching the news last week, I felt I was back. As I saw those terrible shots of policemen beating up women in Nandigram, as I read about the massacre of innocent villagers, and as I noted the cold, commissar-like response of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to the killings, I remembered what it was like to live in West Bengal.

Like the rest of us, the people of West Bengal get the politicians they deserve. They get the thugs and murderers of the CPM and they get the hysterical, self-destructive opposition of Mamata Banerjee. Small wonder then that while Bengalis prosper all over the world (and in the rest of India), Bengal remains a backwater, always at least a decade behind the rest of the country.


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Pakistan Implements Mobile Number Portability

Pakistan has implemented Mobile number portability across all carriers. While at the same time DoT in India under pressure from the Cellphone companies has virtually shelved the plan which would have benefited hundreds of millions of subscribers across the country.

Number portability allows a customer to move from one mobile service to another within GSM, and also between GSM and CDMA, while retaining the same number. It gives flexibility to customers and keeps operators on their toes lest their service quality falls.

According to an IDC survey, over 30 per cent of mobile subscribers would change their operators if they had number portability.


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Google’s Monopoly Of the Internet

In a series of articles on ZDNet Donna Bogatin analyses whether Google has come to monopolise the Internet.

Is Google the Internet?

The ramifications of Google’s 50%+ search market share permeate the Web’s entire ecosystem.


In “Scoring Google on quality” I discuss the significant influence Google has on the proprietary content of literally millions of third-party Websites.


Every new Website considers the leading search engine in its development plans. Websites 1) Optimize page content to be “found” organically by Google, 2) Buy Google AdWords and develop landing pages to Google’s specifications and/or 3) Code to protect proprietary content from Google indexing and caching.


Google(Will be) a monopoly

The ramifications of Google’s 50%+ search market share permeate the Web’s entire ecosystem, I underscored to mark the Google New Year.Google’s permeation may become even denser, if its rumored acquisition of banner ad serving firm DoubleClick comes to pass.

Not only do the overwhelming majority of Websites depend upon Google for their traffic—via “free” SEO and paid AdWords—Google drives advertising revenues for a seeming majority of Websites via its AdSense contextual ad serving network.

An apt post April Fools’ Day irony is that even DoubleClick former CEO Kevin Ryan relies on text ads served by Google AdSense as his advertising supported Web 2.0 ShopWiki business model, not banner ads served by DoubleClick’s Dart.


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US Senate Bill Aims to Plug H1B Loopholes

Senate Bill gives Americans preference for Tech Jobs

Just before Congress departed for its spring recess at the end of last week, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bill–which appears to be the first of its kind in the Senate–designed to curb abuse of the controversial worker visa system.

“Our immigration policy should seek to complement our U.S. workforce, not replace it,” Durbin said in a statement.

The 32-page Senate bill would impose a host of additional obligations on employers. They would be required to pledge that they made a “good faith” effort to hire an American before taking on an H-1B worker and that the foreigner was not displacing a prospective U.S. worker.

Employers would also have to advertise job openings for 30 days on the Department of Labor’s Web site before making H-1B visa applications, and they would be prohibited from advertising positions only to H-1B holders.

In addition, companies with 50 or more workers would not be allowed to employ more than half of their staff through H-1B visas.

Nice thoughtful comment on the impact of immigrants on the same article thread.

Update: Some ‘H1B Official Websites’ (via Anthony’s Mirror).

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UN Watch Blasts the UNHRC

And see the intolerance of the UNHRC to any criticism of its conduct and the threat to ban the UN Watch representative’s speech. This has become a stalinist organisation through and through dominated by the same third world dictatorial thugs from many parts of Asia, Africa, the Arab world and latin America who are supposed to be held accountable by this body.

Also Watch the Speeches Not Banned at the UNHRC by UN Watch.


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