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  • 09/15/2010 | Internet

    Internet Explorer 9 beta is available for download today from this site:
    This means that a final release of Internet Explorer 9 shouldn't be to far away.

    Prior to toay's beta release, an Internet Explorer 9 ( ie9 ) preview was available for download.

    Internet Explorer 9 is a big project from Microsoft to make internet explorer more compliant to web standards, including support of CSS3 and HTML5. 

    Internet Explorer has lost it's market share to competing web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera.

  • 09/04/2010 | Internet
    University of the People – The world's first tuition free online university.

    UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.

  • 09/01/2010 | Internet
    In case you missed them, National Geographic has assembled the best August  2010 Photos of the Day in this online gallery 

  • 04/27/2010 | Internet
    Wolfram Alpha is a computational seach enigine that calculates in real time over the internet. The search engine is built by Stephen Wolfram as seen here in a video of his talk at TED

  • 03/04/2010 | Internet
    New Opera 10.5 web browser released and can be downloaded from  The 10.5 continues to offer good rendering of html pages as well as speed increases that make the web broswer market highly competitive.  No matter what web browser is used it's reccomended to keep updadate to the latest version of the browser. 

  • 02/26/2010 | Internet
    This article from wired examines how historically, a few websites on the internet had been known for allowing users to create false indentities but in present time Facebook and other social networking websites are a more accurate reflection of their users.

  • 02/13/2010 | Internet

    Hulu has a the We are the World 25th Aniversary video for Haiti for viewing on the internet.

  • 10/31/2009 | Internet
    As written in this article, Darpa is planning to extend the internet into space

  • 10/27/2009 | Internet
    In 1994 Geocities was formed on the idea that everyone should have the ability to build their own website, a forerunner to social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo, and Facebook.  In 1999 Geocities was purchased by Yahoo and now is closing its servers.

  • 10/22/2009 | Internet
    As noted in this article, Microsoft Bing searches any public Twitter feed in real time.

  • 10/14/2009 | Internet
    Twitter has had talks with Google and Microsoft about data feeds to search engines, meaning that twitter tweets may be soon searchable and saved to both google and microsoft web search engines.

  • 10/07/2009 | Internet

    Internet routers are becoming a a standard piece of hardware even in homes as mutiple computers that require shared internet accesss, file sharing, printer sharing , and streaming media accross the home network.

    Most consumer internet routers offer both ethernet (wired networking ) jacks as well as wireless networking capabilities such as 802.11 ( Wi-Fi is a trademark based on IEEE 802.11 )which have mutilple standards and speeds. 

    This Maximum PC article is a great internet router guide.  It has information on not only how an internet router works but gives examples on how to use the router settings to make your home network and web browsing more secure.

  • 09/07/2009 | Internet

    The most useful free software will be upgrading your web browser to the most recent version. like many other sites will run best with the latest versions of web browsers, plugins (such as Flash), and add-ons. 

    Remember, beta means test version and current version often has no special name added just numbers which indicate the version of the software.  All web browsers have strengths and weaknesses and now there are a few to choose from besides Internet Explorer. 

    Firefox is a popular browser due to its stability and browser add-ons which share its roots from Netscape.  The worst thing I seen from Firefox was how the browser rendered text on the webpage.  I have not even noticed this in there’s latest version but if it does occur, a display setting in windows can fix this. 

    Safari the default browser on Mac and is now available for both Mac and PC.  Although not as popular with PC users it interesting to note that it's based on the open source project Webkit.  Webkit is also the basis for googles new browser Google Chrome 

    Opera is not as popular as the others but I found it to have a mobile version which you can download on phones such as Blackberry.  Also noted is the opera speed dial which shows 9 thumbnails of pages you choose when you open the browser.  Firefox later came out with add-ons that have the same functionality.  Opera does one of the best jobs rendering html pages cross platform  (Mac or PC) For example I mean the viewer can visit a number of sites and have good compatibility. 

    Google Chrome has a lot going for it it’s still in beta meaning it’s a test version.  It’s layout is clean and simple, google fans should take to it immediately but with brand recognition that Goolge has, it should gain popularity quickly.   After a few use it will have an opera like thumbnail view of most recently viewed pages and book marks list though they can’t be edited.  This makes the front page as “relevant” as everything else google.  I have been starting to use it for google based sites, I know there are already security warnings about others but this is expected from a beta version. 

    Internet Explorer 8 is in beta 2 meaning it’s a test version.  It is however a step in the right direction especially since they are now starting to utilize web standards.  Web browsers along with the sites that you visit store information about you and your computer.  Newer versions of Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have privacy settings that delete your internet cache quicker if you have an older browser you can also delete these manually from the options menus.  Time will tell whether it’s too little too late or if people will keep using the most popular browser.

  • 08/01/2009 | Internet
    As written in this article Microsoft will partner with yahoo scheduled for 10 years, which will make Microsoft Bing Search engine an official competitor to google search.

  • 07/29/2009 | Internet
    Nothing new since newspapers, radio and t.v. the internet is just another media for advertising, except the information tied into relevant ads is becoming more and more precise and most accurate because it's entered by you or someone you know via the internet.  Online forms allow you to enter data, social and free websites allow you to share it, online databases store it, owners of the databases may sell or share data to affiliates, who in turn may sell or use a data mining company that sorts and analyses the data which then is used to provide you with relevant advertisements. 

    If this system works properly, by filling an online form for a favorite retailer you would soon get email advertisements and notice that the interactive online advertising on your big name web sites may even have ads from your favorite retailer or their competitor. 

    The challenge is that this system is complex with a lot of personal data, and just as there is a ton of money in advertising there’s a lot of money in false advertising and stealing.

     It’s everyone’s responsibility to try to protect themselves and others by:

    1.       knowing the personal information you put online may also be public

    2.       using reputable, secure sites for online transactions

    3.       taking the time to review the Settings of your Free Accounts and social websites to adjust the privacy settings   

     View CNBC Big Brother Big Business video on which is a documentary about personal information online.

    Spam email: if you have the time you can always forward a spam email to or goto FTC site to report spam

  • 06/03/2009 | Internet
    Google has been King in internet search engines for a while even webkit (shared with Apple's safari) as a foundation for the Google chrome web browser, and Google docs as an alternative option to Microsoft Office and Open Office.

    Microsoft is striking back with a few tricks up their sleeves starting with their a new search engine, Bing at

    Although it may not be enough to top Google search, it's definitely worth a look.  Argueably gaining more of the sptlight than Microsoft's Bing search engine is Microsoft's Xbox 360 announcement at the E3 convention for their answer to the Nintendo Wii motion control called Project Natal.  

    With these projects along with Windows 7 scheduled for release this year, Microsoft is still making an effort to be competitive in technology against big brands such as Google, and Nintendo.

  • 04/27/2009 | Internet
    This video is a good documentry about Technology, Internet Privacy and Personal Information.  As more and more technology is used in our daily lives including the internet, people are llowing more and more of their personal information to be gathered, stored and used.  The documentry lists good examples of various technologies along with the private and public entities involved with using personal data.

  • 04/21/2009 | Internet
    This video gives a perspective on how digital data is gathered, storing and used in our everyday lives with technology. It gives numerous examples of how the digital data of individuals are used in regard with personal privacy, protection, and profitable marketing. Along with various websites and tech gadgets that are constantly collecting personal data, there are the free email accounts (Gmail, yahoo Mail, hotmail) , social networking websites (Facebook, Bebo, myspace) , and other free web sites offering various services (google accounts, windows live, my yahoo) where users are entering personal data and information about themselves willingly.

  • 03/24/2009 | Internet
    As a global society we are now regcognizing that the estimated 6,706,993,152 humans on earth are impacting the ecosystem and life on earth.  Although the next step is responsible action, scientists and researchers must first gather data to record and analyse data from the ecosystem.  They are finding that humans may be changing the ecosystem on earth extremely fast and in very complex ways.   Researchers therfore are proposing to use the internet and it's mutiple resources of data to assist with this as written in this article. 

  • 03/19/2009 | Internet
    Microsoft has released the first official version ( 8.0.6001.18702 )  of Internet Explorer 8 which is available for download at this site:

     You can check your version number by going to help > About Internet Explorer.  The first official version number for Internet Explorer 8 is ( 8.0.6001.18702 )  

    No matter what Web browser you prefer , IE 8 , Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, or Google Chrome, it's good practice to download the latest version which includes security updates among others.

    Comment on this blog directly or share your thoughts at the Pasefika Forum about Internet Explorer 8 or web browsers.

  • 02/20/2009 | Internet
    Here is a good video about the History of the Internet.  It's animated and narrated under 10 minutes to give a brief overview of how the internet works.

  • 02/19/2009 | Internet
    Here is are interesting videos with a perspective on Privacy of Facebook user content.Facebook Privacy Video 1Facebook Privacy Video 2 Social websites such as Myspace, Bebo and Face book have an international user base including many Pacific Islanders who share, socialize and keep in touch with others through personal pages, uploaded images as well as text messages and content.It should go without saying that all users must be cautious of the content (text and pictures included) they place on any website.This video brings up the issue of content usage and ownership by these websites. At the user level you may applaud that an uploaded images is displayed on the website to share and a thumbnail of that image may be seen on your "friends" but with this comes ownership.personal pictures, and their rights are a big issue in matters of privacy. For example if an adult user want to share a picture of their child's first birthday.once that adult uploads this picture there the rights, usage and ownership of that image may be surrendered to the social website depending on the account privacy settings and more importantly, the web site's privacy policy.