Image Ownership -- Jamie Alexander asked me why I didn't mention compression algorithm patent and licensing issues in the graphic file formats article in NetBITS-007
Question: What's surfing got to do with it? Andree Hollander asks, "People continually talk about 'surfing the Internet.' Where does the word 'surf' come from? I didn't think that the word 'net' would be something with which the word 'surfing' would be connected."
We happen to know the person who's credited with the first use of the term "surfing the Internet" - Jean Armour Polly , author of The Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages, 2nd Edition, and publisher of Net-mom News, a weekly 2,000 word email newsletter that focuses on issues surrounding kids on the Internet
Oooo, Canada! I confess myself a Canadophile, especially after flying Air Canada recently, and Canada is on the forefront of the unsolicited commercial email (UCE) or "spam" issue as Janet Osborne pointed out in email
AOL 4.0 Spawn of Satan? Folks, never believe anything you read on the Internet, particularly in heavily forwarded email, unless you can verify it personally
Graphics are an integral part of the Web, but the art and science of using them effectively can be confusing for novices and professionals alike. Whether you're a designer, work on a Web development team, or just want to know why the images on your screen look lousy on one site and great on another, this article will help you choose and use the main graphics formats on the Web today: GIF, JPEG, and a new contender, PNG
NetBITS Complexity -- We've received a few notes that NetBITS was starting to cause some readers to swoon from technical complexity. Our goal is to explain and offer practical information on topics that are normally brushed over or described incorrectly, and sometimes that requires technical background
Told Your Friends Yet? For NetBITS to survive and prosper, we need to reach more people, and the best method of achieving that for a tiny organization like ours is by word of mouth
AOL Revises Spam Controls -- According to a story on News.com, America Online has changed how users can control what email they receive. Prior to this, AOL's PreferredMail option allowed AOL subscribers to opt in or out of banning mail from a large list of domains and addresses that AOL constantly modified
8-bit or QP? -- David Knudsen read last week's article in NetBITS-005 on MIME encoding and Quoted-Printable text, and noted that his Netscape mail client offers settings for both "Allow 8-bit" and "MIME Compliant (Quoted Printable)"
Question: Are addresses checked when sending mail? Kurt M. Scudder writes from Denmark wondering if mail programs - Eudora specifically - contact the recipient's computer when sending outgoing mail
Netcom and Spam -- Apparently, when we reported on Netcom's spam policies last week in NetBITS-004, we were more informed than Netcom's senior management
Question: What does a local dial-up number do? Richard Wanderman writes about accessing Boston-based TIAC (The Internet Access Company) through a local dial-up phone number in Torrington, Connecticut
Left the Cake out in the Rain -- After using the metaphor of a seven-layer cake to describe TCP in FAQtoids 003, I had my face pushed into the creamy filling by several readers
Those Who Repeat the Past -- We sent you back in time, instead of forward in FAQtoids 003. We said that the offset in mail headers from the zone formerly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is added to local time to get GMT or Universal Time (UT)
Suppose you belong to a simple lakefront beach club, where you and some neighbors jointly contribute dues to maintain the beach and docks. Now suppose that, several times a day, a rapidly moving caravan of several thousand vehicles zoomed across the beach