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Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology, business, and science reporter based in Seattle, who has written for TidBITS for over 20 years. He contributes regularly to Macworld (senior contributor), the Economist, Fast Company, and Increment magazine. In 2017, he was the Designer in Residence at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, where he printed a book of his work by letterpress.

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Question: What’s surfing got to do with it?

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

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Oooo, Canada!

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

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AOL 4.0 Spawn of Satan?

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

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A Closer View of Web Graphics

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

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NetBITS Complexity

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

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Told Your Friends Yet?

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

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AOL Revises Spam Controls

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

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8-bit or QP?

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)"

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Question: Are addresses checked when sending mail?

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

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Netcom and Spam

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

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Question: What does a local dial-up number do?

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

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Left the Cake out in the Rain

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

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Those Who Repeat the Past

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)

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Stop Spam at Its Source

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

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Question: Which ISDN Hardware Combination Works Best?

Question: Which ISDN Hardware Combination Works Best? I'm planning to upgrade my small office from using PPP via a modem to using ISDN connected to our small Ethernet network