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April 18, 2008  9:16 AM

Video: Sir Tim Berners-Lee on Net neutrality

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You might remember this fellow — he invented the Web, after all. Sir Tim Berners-Lee offers some thoughts on the issue of Net neutrality in this video.

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You can read Lee’s post on Net neutrality, which largely mirrors his statements on camera, over at his blog. You’ll note that the post and video date back to 2006, when the issue first entered a wider conversation online. These days, the U.S. presidential candidates have taken stances on it (Clinton and Obama are both for Net neutrality, McCain opposes it). Accusations of traffic shaping and the uglier-sounding “bandwidth throttling” are flying at ISPs like Comcast, sometimes justified and other times based upon mistaken conclusions.

We’ve asked you before — have you opinions changed? Private networks and corporations have good reason to restrict bandwidth to memory hogs like like IPTV. On-demand streaming of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament caused massive traffic spikes, for instance, resulted in massive traffic spikes. The security risks and bandwidth challenges presented by employee use of P2P networks like Bittorrent are an issue as well.

Once Internet use leaves the office, however, the question remains: Should ISPs be able to institute a two-tiered Internet for private citizens?

Let us know what you think in the comments or by writing in to editor@whatis.com.

April 17, 2008  10:00 AM

Video: Van Jacobsen describes a new way to look at networking that focuses on a data-centric perspective

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Van Jacobsen knows networking. After all, he is is one of the primary contributors to TCP/IP, the protocol that underlies the modern Internet.

This Google TechTalk features Jacobsen describing the concept of data-centric or content-centric networking. The central principle of data-centric networking is that a given communications network should enable data retrieval from where ever it exists, similar to the P2P model, as opposed to references a specific, physical location for retrieval.

Watch the video below to learn more.

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April 16, 2008  9:58 AM

Video: Matt Cutts debunks 5 SEO myths

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Google’s Matt Cutts has long since become the blogosphere’s “go to guy” for information on SEO and webmaster guidelines. WhatIs.com’s Word of the Day today, phantom page, has a link to his commentary on detecting undetectable webspam, for instance. I like the term “webspam,” incidentally, as it neatly describes spamming the entire web, as opposed to individual inboxes or SMS gateways. The video below features Matt Cutts debunking five different SEO myths. The video is from 2006 but is still quite relevant.

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While it’s true that there are many other SEO bloggers and a burgeoning industry in search engine marketing, none are quite so well placed within the search engine giants nor so willing to share best practices and commentary. Thanks for your contributions to the Web community, Matt.

April 15, 2008  9:53 AM

Video: Installing FiOS for the first time, amidst “awesomeness”

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YouTuber Scaramouch had FiOS installed last October and videoblogged the process.

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I have to admit, the speed test at the end makes me pretty darn jealous.

To paraphrase Michael Bay, that kind of bandwidth tips the awesomeness scale.

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April 11, 2008  8:14 AM

Video: Internet addiction, measured with the K-scale

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If you’re online for more than 30 hours of non-work surfing every week, experience withdrawal symptoms and find your relationships with friends, family and coworkers suffering, you might be an Internet addict. This video, hosted by Kimberly S. Young, introduces netaddiction.com. Young is the  founder of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery. Take their Internet addiction test to see where your own usage rates.

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Today’s Word of the Day, K-scale, or “Korean scale,” is a checklist used for diagnosing and evaluating Internet addiction.

April 10, 2008  10:23 AM

Video: Install and configure SNORT on an XP PC

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In this video, the instructor goes through the process of downloading, installing and configuring Snort as a sniffer and an intrusion detection system on a Windows XP machine.

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For more information about Snort, see the following tips and articles:

Finally, make sure to view this expert screencast on Snort from SearchSecurity.com contributor Tom Bowers. In a step-by-step demonstration, Tom Bowers offers a brief introduction and history of Snort, and explains what it can do for information security pros and how to use it for the first time.

April 9, 2008  11:00 AM

Video: Botnets, Botmasters, Zombies and the greatest threat to online security?

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Professor Merrick Furst, associate dean at the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, explains how botmasters use zombie armies for financial gain. Furst estimates that about 7% of all Internet traffic is zombie. Kraken, today’s Word of the Day, is now reported to be the largest botnet in the world, with over 400,000 machines infected.
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April 8, 2008  9:08 AM

Video: Secure Programming with Static Analysis

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In this video, Brian Chess and Jacob West from Fortify Software talk about the importance of security at the software development level.

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April 7, 2008  4:14 PM

Handy tool: online Binary to Text converter

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There are certainly programmers, mathematicians and assorted savants out there who can write and translate directly to and from binary code.

I am not one of them.

If you, too, need to occasionally convert binary to ASCII text or, alternately, amuse yourself by converting especially colorful jokes into safe-for-works form… well, you too might just find this binary to text translation tool useful.

Now you, too, can tell ask your friends to

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April 7, 2008  10:28 AM

Video: Oversi presents its overcache technology for P2P and video delivery

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Oversi‘s technology is designed to help companies deliver video over the Internet.

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From the shownotes on YouTube:

This presentation shows how Oversi’s platform works; enabling service providers to manage the huge increase in traffic, enhance customer satisfaction and increase ARPU (average revenue per user). It also discusses the way that service providers can benefit from the new revenue streams of digital media, rather than be mere bandwidth conduits with no financial gain.

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