Thursday, November 17, 2005

US Stays in Charge of the Internet Root System

Who says there is no good news?

As reported by the BBC in US retains hold of the internet:

"In an eleventh-hour agreement ahead of a UN internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, negotiators agreed to leave the US in charge of the net's addressing system....

Disagreements over control of the internet had threatened to overshadow the [WSIS - World Summit on the Information Society] , with countries such as China and Iran pushing for an international body under UN auspices to oversee the net.

The US had stood firm against this, arguing that it would stifle technological advance and increase censorship of the internet by undemocratic regimes."

Right on all counts. In spite of criticism of the USA from many quarters on many issues, the fact is that no other country in the world today could be as well trusted as the USA for technical internet governance. Just imagine some of the other countries in the world being in charge - that would be the end of the World Wide Web.

Whats Running - The Better Task Manager

We do not want to give away all of our technological secrets, but another small, free and simple software program that we have installed is called Whats Running, and it is the better Task Manager, not only giving a more comprehensive view of what is running on a user's computer, but also permitting the user to shut down memory-hogging running processes which are not required. Caveat emptor: you have to know what you are doing to use this program.

Google Analytics Bursts onto the Web Scene

No one can do good commentary or blogging today without having some familiarity with emerging technologies, which explains why we periodically throw in these technological postings.

We have a "Google Account" and are thus trying out Google Analytics (the previous now redirects to Google Analytics).

Google Analytics is a program which gives a website owner useful statistical information about its visitors.

The name "Analytics" comes from the description of web statistics or web traffic trackers as "web analytics". These are experiencing an expectable and yet surprising renaissance.

Contrary to fears uttered here and there, Google Analytics is not yet going to throw total fear into the competition. We will continue to use Site Meter on this page because it is free, fast and good for our visitor counting purposes, although it too charges for more sophisticated tracking information. FeedBurner is another such essential program, which will remain extremely useful for providing us with our RSS feed and giving us an RSS count.

When we installed Google Analytics on this website, it took many hours before the program could verify our pages as "activated" (we had no way to know whether this delay was a mistake made by us or simply part of the normal process of activation of the Google Analytics script) and we were also informed subsequent to "activation" that the first traffic reports would only be available "within twelve hours".

When we are confronted with that snail's pace, we can say that for us, Site Meter is still here to stay. But of course, Google Analytics offers features that are unique, especially for larger sites, and for paying sites. We use Google Analytics here because it is free and because we will learn something additional about our visitors, e.g. their geographic distribution.

But do we need it? Not really.

Eric Peterson has a good posting about Google Analytics, including screen shots.

See also Photo Matt.

Yale and the Ivy League Supreme Court Justices

And yes, of course, to add to our recent posting on the Ivy League US Supreme Court in which we prominently mention Stanford (out) and Harvard (in), there is, of course, also Yale, ranked by some as the top law school in the country [but not by us. Judged by Stanford's impact on the technology sector, which pervades the world, Stanford is in our opinion ahead of the competiton, but then we of course are biased].

Adam Liptak writes on
"Yale Law Frets Over Court Choices It Knows Best".

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