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May 14, 2000. Researching Your Roots on the World Wide Web by Stevi Deter. Deciding to start your search for your family on the web can result in a bewildering feast of information. The first question becomes, where do I start?

September 26, 1999. My New Favorite Tool by Stevi Deter. What? A WYSIWYG editor that can warm a text editor user's heart? Stevi Deter reviews Dreamweaver 2.

May 25, 1998. So what exactly are cascading style sheets? by Stevi Deter. Get a quick lesson in one of HTML 4.0's most eagerly awaited features, and change the look of your Web site in a snap!

September 29, 1997. Ethical business, not business ethics, by Stevi Deter. Former General Motors President Charles Erwin Wilson said, "What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what's good for General Motors is good for the country." Tom Morris provides a context in which the statement is true.

September 15, 1997. A kinder, gentler nastygram, by Stevi Deter. Much has been said about the level of viciousness on the net. We flame each other ruthlessly on Usenet. We send nastygrams to perpetrators of spam. How often do we stop to think about how appropriate this approach is?

August 18, 1997. The Great Cookie Conspiracy by Stevi Deter. Are persistent cookies the coolest thing since Pepperidge Farm or a tool of the devil? The arguments range from concerns about the use of valuable disk space to paranoia about government oppression....

August 11, 1997. Will HTML 4.0 Improve Your Life? by Stevi Deter. Today, the coolest web pages win, even if it means we have to have a T1 to keep up. So the browser that can do the most tricks will win, although this leads to diversification of implementation -- precisely the thing the W3C is fighting to avoid....

May 12, 1997. New Media, Old Responses: Hysterical epidemics rely on media dissemination both for the consistency of the symptoms displayed by their sufferers and, at least to some extent, for the recruitment of sufferers. Enter the Internet....

May 5, 1997. Thinking Like It's Coming Back in Style, review by Caitlin Burke. In Virtuous Reality, Jon Katz makes a familiar argument in favor of an educated populace and ultimately a participatory democracy. Which is pretty radical when you think about it....

April 14, 1997. Better Living Through Platform Independence, a report from Stevi Deter. I've stopped dreaming in slide presentations and seeing that while they don't have the proverbial Java toaster yet, Java is developing into a legitimate, powerful programming language....

April 7, 1997. John Seabrook: Deeper than What?, by Caitlin Burke. John Seabrook had to wait a couple of months to interview Bill Gates, so in the meantime, he thought he'd try his new toy -- a CompuServe account -- and send the guy some mail. One result was the New Yorker profile "Email from Bill". Another was "My First Flame"....

March 31, 1997. Geek: Game of Champions, by Tom Boutell. Javascript does what it is supposed to do, and does it reasonably well, and does it today. But Boutell sees a silly games gap. Featuring Javascript DOs, one big DON'T, and a pointer to the new game.

March 24, 1997. The Media Equation by Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass. The authors looked at how humans use media and discovered that people treat computers like people....

January 3, 1997. Michael Swartzbeck takes issue with The Death of Computer Art. Manovich assumes that artists working with computers are concerned only with the dazzling eyeball-candy and not with the content of the work itself or with the expression of feelings or ideas....

Nov 22, 1996. Manifestations of Networking... by John Hopkins. "Machines were not only a means of control and extension of control but also of remote sensing -- an extension of the sensual capabilities of the organic body."

Nov 1, 1996. The Death of Computer Art by Lev Manovich. Those of us who work with digital art often debate another convergence -- the convergence between art world and computer art world. I recently came to the conclusion that this particular convergence will NOT happen.

October 18, 1996. Sam Bushell reviews Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets by Peter van der Linden. C is an awful programming language, and an awfully popular, powerful and pervasive programming language....

September 20, 1996. Oh, Finding the Places You'll Go.   Stevi Deter offers some guidance on the difficulty of places on the Web. Quick! What is 18 USC 1030? The answer is out there on the web. How do you find it?

August 30, 1996. Lucky You.  Stevi Deter on being a Web designer in an ugly world. Holding out for judicious use of white space and high contrast between type and background may just be a foolish throwback to the days when people actually read for pleasure....

August 23, 1996. Interactive Schminterative. Warning: more buttons & choices & animated frames than you can shake a stick at, illustrating some of the simple, fun, or downright annoying things you can do with JavaScript and Frames. A small amount of VRML (may be) involved.

June 28, 1996. Confessions of a Young Webmaster, by jkcohen. I began in this lamentable business, this bourne of wretchedness and ill-feeling, in November of 1993. I had downloaded the DTD for HTML 1.0 at the insistence of a mad computer science professor....

June 21, 1996. An essay on Clifford Stoll's Silicon Snakes and Ladders by Elizabeth Regina. Stoll has been on the net a long time and he's peeved with the recent hype. He makes some home truths about unwise use of computerization and networking and neatly debunks some of the areas of maximum hype inflation. So why am I uncomfortable....

May 10, 1996. META-SUCK. Suckvertising, Take 1: or "How I learned to stop worrying and love the ads." A collaborative, dialogue-based essay arranged by Zvi Gilbert.

The gif89a animation page has been beefed up: overview, examples, where to get the software, and how-tos for non-programmers (with small budgets), by Kristen Ankiewicz.

May 3, 1996. Being Analog: Negroponte's Digital Bits Don't Add Up by Elizabeth Regina. Nicholas Negroponte's much-hailed Being Digital has spawned much adulatory prose as well as a whole empire of sites and discussion groups and related excrescences around the web. But I found that the book, wrapped like sushi inside an ObBlackCover, is like a hologram....

April 26th, 1996. Web-Grrls demonstrate that the revolution will not be televised. Also: results from a study by the Pluto Institute on women's acceptance of the digital revolution. Essay by Kristen Ankiewicz.

April 12th, 1996. MIMC-Art Works: A new arts forum and experimental virtual new media workshop from the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council had its first meeting in April. Essay by Kristen Ankiewicz.

April 5th, 1996. Keeping up with the Joneses: Well, it's 1996, and the heady days of home-grown home pages are over. Essay by Kristen Ankiewicz.

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