This is a list of past headlines of CMC Magazine for 2003. Please note that the links on the headlines to outside news sources may not be valid as many online news sources rarely archive stories very long at the same URL where they were originally published. You could use keyword searching techniques to locate resources related to these headlines if the link does not work.


Survey: Youth Spend More Time Online than in Front of Television

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive and Teenage Research Unlimited in June found that people aged 13 to 24 spent an average of about 17 hours online each week compared to 14 hours watching television and 12 hours listening to the radio.


Researchers Pursue the Idea of Order on the World Wide Web

Scientists from around the world are working on technologies to help Net searchers work more efficiently. The efforts, known as the Semantic Web Project, should help people find information online based on the essential meaning of what they seek, rather than just keywords.


Project Brings Internet to Poor; Poor Unimpressed

A project founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and industry players with the aim of bringing Internet access to the rural poor of Costa Rica has failed to attract the attention of the rural poor people. Instead, relatively well-off local coffee farmers have gravitated toward the project's silver trailer and have used its Internet-ready computers to learn how to promote products online, monitor prices, and buy supplies.

Flash Mobs in New York; Photos at Satan's Laundromat

Howard Rheingold's concept of the "Smart Mob" in action.

Root Fu Sharpens Hacking, Defense Skills

At the annual DefCon conference, a competition to break into a computer server gives insight into security issues.

EU to Microsoft: Pay Up

The European Commission, executive arm of the European Union, intends to fine Microsoft for abuse of marketing position unless Microsoft can explain its actions. The charge comes after more than four years of investigation into Microsoft's practices. The Commission could fine Microsoft up to 10% of annual global sales, which would come to about US$3 billion.
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Follow the Spam

Your email inbox is full of unsolicited commercial email, or spam, because it is an effective and profitable way to solicit business. But who is making these profits? This report by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC traces a spam message back to its source and reveals the players involved.

Worms, Payments Continue for Microsoft

Computers running Microsoft software have been suffering another worm attack as of Monday afternoon, August 11th. On that same day, in Chicago, a jury told Microsoft to pay just over a half a billion dollars settlement for patent infringement.

Jury Worm


Worms Attack and Re-Attack

The recent attacks of the Blaster and LovSan worms are just another wave in a series of computer worm attacks. The nature of worms and technology is such that the worms don't go away after attacks, but stay around to re-infect computers.

Internet Rolls On Through Blackout

The largest power outage in US history did not cripple the Internet. Redundancy is part of the Internet's design, and network administrators plan for backup power sources. So when the lights went out in Times Square, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto, the Internet kept working--powered by racks of batteries and generators running on diesel.

Simple Computer for Poor Not Selling Well

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore have developed a simple, handheld computer with the goal of bringing technology to India's poor. The device, called a Simputer, can be used for Internet access, email, text-to-speech translation, and other tasks. Costing more than seven months of a poor person's living expenses, only 600 units have been sold.

Sobig, So Fast, So Much

"Re: Thank you!" "Your details" "Re: wicked screensaver"--messages with these subjects are filling email boxes because of the spread of what is being called the fastest and most widely spreading worms so far.

SoBig Infected PCs Await Instructions

The SoBig virus spread far and fast, but its potential damage may yet to be realized. Infected computers could download and execute further instructions.

E-Commerce Quarterly Sales Up 27% Over Previous Year's Quarter

E-Commerce sales continue to be a bright spot in the online world. While making up just 1.5% of overall sales, online sales rose 27.8% in the second quarter of 2003 compared with the second quarter of 2002, according to the US Census Bureau. For comparison, overall retail sales were up just under 5% for the second quarter of 2003 over their previous year levels. The second quarter 2003 e-commerce sales were the highest ever for a non-holiday period, breaking the previous record set in the first quarter.

While You Wander, Wireless WhereWare Watches

Wireless technology and personal digital assistants have opened a world in which your location can be tracked. The applications, called location-aware services, aid in social interaction, navigation, and marketing.

Search Engine Competition Heats Up

Rival search engine Web sites are touting the number of unique pages they hold in their database. AlltheWeb now claims 3.2 billion unique pages. Google quickly topped that number, claiming 3.3 billion.

File Analysis Can Catch Music Thieves

Through analysis of a computer music file's bits, investigators can trace down those who steal music from illegal file sharing systems. Because of the pecularities of software, compression algorthims, and file storage systems, tell-tale traces in a music file can reveal usernames of the criminals who share music files.


Don't Swap the Music

Colleges across the country this fall are sternly warning their returning students not to use campus computer resources for illegal music sharing. At the same time, many colleges are looking to negotiate deals which would bring access to legitimate online music services to students as part of student fees.

Analysts, Computers, Software, Seeing the Future Together

Research in human-computer collaboration aims to create a model of current events and possible futures. One application of the work is to anticipate and preempt terrorist threats.

It's the End of the Disc as We Know it

A Forrester Research report predicts that revenue from traditional "hard" media for storing music and movies will drop. The report predicts that by 2008, there will be a revenue loss of 19% for DVDs and 8% for DVDs and tapes while "virtual" formats such as streaming and downloading grow more popular.

Microsoft's Effort to Gain Trust--"A Long Row to Hoe"

With Microsoft's operating systems sporting more patches than Emmett Kelly's pants, many users may begin to wonder whether Microsoft products are worth it at all. This editorial from Bob Cancilla appearing in examines the Redmond company's problems, and what these problems mean for the users.

MIT Course Materials Draw Interest

This fall, for the second year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers course materials online for free at its OpenCourseWare site. MIT offers no degrees or other support to users of the site, but the materials have drawn great interest by people who use the information to learn on their own.

Sun's McNealy: Simplify, Simplify

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy says that computers are up to 10 times more expensive than they should be. What to do? Simplify components, software, and sales practices.

Switzerland Goes to War

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, allied with IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Credit Suisse have declared war on computer viruses and hackers. The work will include the launch of a research institute and an academic master's degree in information security. Zurich is regarded as a major international center for research in information security.

Got Net? Yes.
Care? No.

A survey from the Oxford Internet Institute shows that while 96% of Britons have some way to get to the Web, only 59% regularly use it. The reason is not fear, lack of education, or lack of access, but rather a lack of interest.

VeriSign to ICANN: I CAN!

VeriSign, master of the .com and .net domains, is redirecting incorrectly typed URLs to its own pages. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for domain name system management, has asked VeriSign to stop this practice. VeriSign has declined.

Reliance on Microsoft Software Seen as Threat to National Security

Reliance on Microsoft's software by a large number of computer users poses a threat to national security, according to a report given at the Computer & Communications Industry Association conference. An author of the report, Daniel R. Geer, has been forced out of his job.

Is Organized Crime Behind Virus Attacks?

Internet security experts are looking into the nature of recent virus attacks. The question is whether the infections, which still exists in hundreds of thousands of computers, may be used by organized crime for further aims.

Stop Feeding the Monster

People soliciting for business online often resort to spam because, although unpopular, spam is cheap and effective. According to Net analysts, if consumers stopped responding to spam, spam would stop.

Usability Getting Due Notice

When I've taught Web development seminars, many of my students stared at me dumbfounded I told them huge graphics and self-indulgent uses of non-standard, flaky, and inoperable technology is not a good idea. Some Web developers still don't get this, but Web usability is now becoming seen as essential to meeting customer needs.

Businesses Look at WiFi Bottom Line

WiFi high-speed wireless Internet access has grown in popularity. But businesses that offer WiFi hotspots are taking a look at the profitability of WiFi service, particularly since consumers seem to want to pay nothing for it.

Browser War Over; Innovation Dead

The dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser means that Microsoft doesn't have to try anymore. While Web developers want to use features of Cascading Style Sheets, Microsoft doesn't seem to be all that interested in providing support to fix specific problems.

Pirates Get WASTE

A software program called WASTE can be used to create a small, private, secure digital network for communication and information sharing. Music thieves see it as another tool in their arsenal. Microsoft is planning a similar product.

Security Attacks and Fraud increase on the Internet

A study from Verisign entitled, "Internet Security Intelligence Briefing," shows that more than 6% of US ecommerce transactions were attempts at fraud.

30 Minutes: One Terabyte, California to Switzerland

A new world speed record for Internet data transfer has been set by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, and the California Institute of Technology.

Usability Expert: Users Need to Address Information Pollution

Jakob Nielsen advises that Internet users need to take control over the communication in which they engage.

Spam Degrading Online Experience

A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that people are getting frustrated with spam and are beginning to worry that electronic mail is becoming increasingly unreliable as a form of communication.

The Tragedy of Plenty

Like obesity and rush hour traffic, spam arises out of surplus.

Roaring Economy Should Raise Tech Sector

The recession that started at the end of the Clinton administration has finally yielded decisively to tax cuts. This article from the E-commerce News analyzes why this roaring economy is here to stay.

Friendster Fad Fades

Web sites that offer innovative features often become so popular that the very thing that attracted users in the first place begins to wear thin. This process is the story of the Friendster Web site that attracted "urban hipsters" who began to realize that signing up on a Web site and naming names loses its cachet when so many people do it.

Internet Tax Ban Stalled

The ban on Internet access taxes has expired as of October 31st of this year. The Senate is considering a new bill, but the legislation is stalled because of a dispute over how to define Internet access. At stake is millions of dollars that state and local governments hope to take from Internet users.

UN To Run Internet--Idea Tabled

Next month's World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva is not expected to consider a proposal to put the Internet under United Nations control. In the past, the United Nations has shown a keen inability to run its own cafeteria.

FCC Increases Wireless Spectrum

The US Federal Communications Commission recently made available an additional 255 MHz of bandwidth for wireless communications. This extra bandwidth is expected to make more room for unlicensed wireless communications products.


Senator Carper Wants Your Money

Senator Tom Carper of Delaware wants to make sure that states can take money from Internet users at will.

Dead Links Imperil References

People who cite Internet references sometimes find that their links get broken fairly quickly. This article from The Washington Post explores outdated URL's in the references of published works. This difficulty isn't an inherent property of the medium of the Web itself, but rather a result of the lack of foresight of many Web content managers. Many Web developers fail to plan for or see the long-term value of a stable URL naming scheme for published works, even though the technology to make such stability possible has been available since the Web began.

Peer-to-Peer Pay Plan Proposed

An industry trade group has put forth a proposal for peer-to-peer network users who exchange music to "go legal." Rather than illegally stealing music, as many peer-to-peer users do now, users would instead pay a flat feet for a license to use and download music.


Jennifer Ringley's, self-described "window into a virtual human zoo," her webcam online since 1996, will go dark the end of this month. In many ways, her pioneering Webcam broadcast foreshadowed what was to come--online self-generated personas--on hundreds of thousands of other Webcams and hundreds of thousands of blogs.

UN "Summit" Results: Let's Meet Again


A technogy "summit" held by the United Nations ended recently. The discussions, put together largely by people and organizations who had almost nothing to do with any aspect of the development or current success of the Internet, was long on political maneuvering and short on specifics. The main result of the "summit" was that more meetings will be held to discuss the Internet. The meeting perfectly demonstrated why the "digital divide" will not be narrowed, but that it will be increased as a result of meetings like this. Developing nations which follow UN Internet policies will suffer through a morass of beauracracy, incompetence, and corruption; all those who ignore the UN will succeed wildly.


Did E-Business Learn Anything?

Will e-businesses, awakening with economic recovery, heed the lessons of the past? This article from tne E-Commerce Times examines the state of e-business at the end of 2003.

A Coin Operated Web?

For more than a decade, Internet publishers have dreamed of making some money from their efforts to provide useful and popular content. The solution--micropayments--has been around in concept for a while. While making small payments work technically has been difficult, the social acceptance of having to pay anything--even a few pennies--for Web content may be the biggest stumbling block yet.

Technology Transforms Business

Information technology and computer communication is transforming the fields of bioscience, investment, health care, government, and digital entertainment.
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