Tomalak’s Realm – MIT Technology Review: Message in a Bottleneck. Simson Garfinkel. Many people who have never tried wireless messaging think that it’s just another techno-gadget–a technology looking for a market. But as soon as they try it, most realize that it’s friendlier, faster, more reliable, less intrusive and generally a lot cheaper than making a cell-phone call.
internetnews.com: Top News – Digital River Buys Small Biz Customers. An $875,000 cash acquisition of FreeMerchant.com’s customer assets from Network Commerce extends Digital River’s e-commerce presence in the SME market.
Wired News – VeriSign Plans Domain Wait List. The largest website registrar is planning a new service that lets people pay to be first in line to snap up a domain name, if and when it becomes available. By Joanna Glasner.
Blogarithms – Yankee’s Crystal Ball. Research firm the Yankee Group has released its popular annual “Prediction Edition” for 2002. They include:
- Managed network services will not sell themselves. [duh!]
- Hosting vendors’ sales and marketing efforts will markedly shift from customer acquisition in 2001 to client up-selling and retention in 2002. [more duh!]
- Dedicated hosting explodes in Europe as more sophisticated new enterprise users emerge. [okay, this one’s interesting]
The full Prediction Edition is available online at http://www.yankeegroup.com/ygrn1-1-2002.html [Source: Web Host Industry Review, January 4, 2002]
I, Cringely – 01/03/02: The 70 Percent Solution. It’s that time of the year again. Bob makes his predictions for 2002.
The Washington Post : Business – Next Generation’s Wireless Web Is Still Painfully Slow. For the past month, I’ve been trying out the cell phone of the future.
If you have a job where on-the-go Web access from a laptop is an absolute requirement, this service, even with its limits, could make sense. Otherwise, why not — as some VoiceStream users have asked in the alt.cellular.gsm.carriers.voicestream newsgroup — just look for the nearest phone jack when you need to get on the Internet?
The Washington Post : Business – Rise of Internet ‘Borders’ Prompts Fears for Web’s Future. It is the modern-day equivalent of a border sentry. When visitors try to enter UKBetting.com, a computer program checks their identification to determine where they’re dialing in from. Most people are waved on through. Those from the United States, China, Italy and other countries where gambling laws are muddy, however, are flashed a sign in red letters that says “ACCESS DENIED” and are locked out of the Web site.
Be happy! By starting the new year upbeat, chances are you’ll feel healthier. [Seattle Times]
You MUST get rid of the three musts. To be happy, people have to let go of the dreaded “three musts”:
- I must do well and be approved;
- You must treat me nicely;
- The world must give me what I deserve.