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Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 21:53:46 -0400 (EDT)
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|| NIC - NEWS ||
|| An Update on Network Resources ||
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| Volume 14, Issue 07 http://www.washington.edu/nic-news/
(Link inactive 22 June 2004) |
| Thursday, June 8, 1995 Written by Sheryl Erez |
| University of Washington (c) 1995 |
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Contents
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Fuchsia Backlash
Web Indexers Again
Web Retailing, Women, and Making a Profit
URL-Minder: A Tool for the Rest of Us
Local Domains vs. A Huge .Com
Virtual Shareware Library

Fuchsia Backlash
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Are you tired of fuchsia colored graphics? Neon logos? Black on white
pages? You are not alone. Lee Towndrow advertises himself as an
"organic" web page designer. Towndrow's pages favor small, understandable,
earth-tone graphics. If the site had contents and working links I would
think it was really good. I don't know whether or not Towndrow will make
any money off this approach in what is now a crowded market of Web
designers. But his suggestion that spectrum dividers are not the "be all
and end all" of Internet interface ruffled feathers in the web authoring
newsgroups.

http://www.io.org/~felan
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)

Web Indexers Again
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Those of you who have read this newsletter for a while know that I write a
lot about the programs you use to find information on the Internet. Here
is another piece -- a survey of the Web databases currently available.

Lycos
Known URLs...................3.6 million
Visited/Indexed Documents....783,000
Contents of Database.........Abstract of original
Types of Queries Accepted....Relevance, psuedo-boolean using the form
Number of Results Shown......10 by default; no set maximum
Information For Each Match...Abstract with keywords bolded
Business Model...............Sold licenses to MSN and NlightN
Availability.................Only so-so, often busy, sometimes broken
URL..........................http://lycos.cs.cmu.edu/

InfoSeek
Known URLs...................n/a
Visited/Indexed Documents....Over 200,000
Contents of Database.........Full text of original (up to 50k/document)
Types of Queries Accepted....Almost boolean functionality
Number of Results Shown......10 for free; 200 for subscribers
Information For Each Match...First 2 lines of text, size and url
Business Model...............Subscription/fee for use
Availability.................Very good
Other Thoughts...............Lots of business hype surrounding this one
URL..........................http://www.infoseek.com/

Web Crawler
Known URLs...................900,000
Visited/Indexed Documents....100,000
Contents of Database.........Full text of original
Types of Queries Accepted....Relevance, supports boolean AND
Number of Results Shown......25 by default; up to 500
Information For Each Match...URL or title only
Business Model...............Just bought by America Online
Availability.................Much better recently
Other Thoughts...............The last update was almost 2 months ago
URL..........................http://webcrawler.com/

Open Text Web Index
Known URLs...................9.7 million "known hyperlinks"
Visited/Indexed Documents....400,000 (reported in 3/95)
Contents of Database.........Full text of original
Types of Queries Accepted....Simple, relevance, or compound
Number of Results Shown......10 at a time
Information For Each Match...First 10 occurences of matched phrase
Business Model...............Used to promote Open Text and UUNet Canada
Availability.................Had network problems at first, now very good
URL..........................http://www.opentext.com/
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)
Harvest
Known URLs...................N/A
Visited/Indexed Documents....45,000
Contents of Database.........Summary of original
Types of Queries Accepted....Relevance (WAIS), author, keyword, boolean
Number of Results Shown......25 default; 250 maximum
Information For Each Match...Object "description"
Business Model...............Proof-of-concept database for research project
Availability.................Broken when I tried to review it this week
URL..........................http://harvest.cs.colorado.edu/
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)

Web Retailing, Women, and Making a Profit
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ActivMedia just finished a study of companies doing sales on the Internet.
About a quarter of the Web sites they analyzed had done more that $10,000
worth of business during the previous month. Some general findings: "Mom
and Pop companies don't perform very well on the Internet" and "Web sites
have a mean life of just 7 months."

Interactive Publishing Alert (IPA) just finished a study of women online.
About a quarter of the women are old hats on the network, having been
online for more than two years. Some general findings: "Communications
ranks highest on women's online agenda" and "Women who use online services
tend to log on frequently".

AvtivMedia Survey: http://www.activmedia.com/details.html (Link inactive 22 June 2004)
IPA Survey: http://www.netcreations.com/ipa/women.htm (Link inactive 22 June 2004)

URL-Minder: A Tool for the Rest of Us
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With the amount of Internet cruising and other work I have to do each
week, anything that is out of sight is out of mind. Often I see cool
things on the Web and tell myself that I should go back and check it
periodically--but I almost never do it.

URL-Minder, a new tool from the "free Internet services" folks, might just
help me out (and it might help you out if you are in the same position ;-).
URL-Minder is a simple form you fill out for each of the URLs you want to
keep tabs on. URL-Minder fetches the item each night, checks it for
changes, and sends email if there is something new.

http://www.netmind.com/URL-minder/URL-minder.html
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)

Local Domains vs. A Huge .Com
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As I remember it, the .com domain was not expected to be the home for all
companies on the Internet. National firms would use ".com" and local
businesses would register under the city.state.us domains. It hasn't
turned out quite that way. I just found out that the one site that did
use the ".us" domain, the WELL, is becoming "well.com". Lest you believe
that the ".us" is going away, I also should tell you that a handful of
Western Washington localities have just been registered in the ".wa.us"
domain.

About well.com Registration: do a whois on "well-dom"
About Washington Localities:
ftp://venera.isi.edu/in-notes/imr/imr9504.txt
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)

Virtual Shareware Library
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People are sending email about the Virtual Shareware Library. Everybody
likes it and I can see why. The Virtual Shareware Library is something of
a mini Archie, indexing filenames and descriptions from 20 of the most
popular FTP-based shareware archives on the Internet. This effort,
coordinated from Slovenia and mirrored around the globe, relies on the
fact that the underlying data (files in shareware archives) has already
been indexed and described by the archive maintainers. The Virtual
Shareware Library just has to grab content lists and product descriptions
every morning, massage the data into a common format, and update its own
database. The description does not do it justice. If you are looking for
shareware, try it out.

Virtual Shareware Library (US): http://www.acs.oakland.edu/cgi-bin/shase
(Link inactive 22 June 2004)

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