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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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This week we cover time and space, two small concepts that will help you travel back to 1956, or around the world in 24 hours. Then we try to expand on what TCP really stands for (and have to flee the country).

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Question: Where Do Time Zones Come From?

Question: Where Do Time Zones Come From? In email headers after the time, I sometimes see a time zone indication like EDT or CET. I am looking for a complete list of these codes, but couldn't find it on the Web

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Question: Terrifying Capitals or Pointless?

Question: Terrifying Capitals or Pointless? Every introductory article on TCP/IP explains what IP stands for but not what TCP stands for. This trend is so consistent that I must assume it is intentional

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Question: Big Brother Is Clicking Here?

Question: Big Brother Is Clicking Here? Every so often I hear or read that Government / Big Business / The Trilateral Commission / AOL / Mom / (fill in the blank) is tracking everything I do on the Internet

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Thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support for our first issue of NetBITS. We inadvertently caused some confusion by leading with an article aimed at kids: NetBITS is not a publication specifically for the under-20 crowd

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Umbrage

Umbrage -- In introducing our first issue, we mentioned the demise of the print versions of Web Developer and NetGuide magazines. The editor in chief of Web Developer and a CMP (NetGuide's parent publication) staffer wrote in to take some umbrage at the characterization of the publications' Web presence

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Hey, I’m Talking to You! Part 2

Last week, in the first part of this article in NetBITS-001, I explained how one machine finds another on a local area network (LAN) using Ethernet. But the Internet doesn't run on Ethernet - it can't, in fact - so how do two machines find each other on the Internet? Matching Names to Faces -- The Internet relies on TCP/IP, a protocol that allows TCP packets to run over Internet Protocol, or IP

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Easier Than Upgrading a PC

Easier Than Upgrading a PC -- Connectix has released the Virtual PC 1.0.1 Updater, which makes Virtual PC easier to use and fixes a number of small problems, including setting modem speeds incorrectly and many game-related issues

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Welcome to NetBITS!

"The Internet? It's so busy nobody uses it any more." - not the slogan of www.yogi-berra.com, surprisingly enough [1] Welcome to the first issue of NetBITS, a new publication from TidBITS Electronic Publishing

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Hey, I’m Talking to You! Part 1

Recent surveys show that there are roughly 26 million machines connected to the Internet at any given time. Some of these include dialup modem connections, but since those modems are in use most of the time, they count. Given the number of machines and the number of connections and the size of the Internet, how does any one machine find another in this vast maze? The answer isn't simple, but it's more straightforward than I'd imagined when first trying to figure this out in late 1994. Back then, the Engsts and I were a few of the Seattle-area "pioneers" of the Internet, and we would puzzle out these issues in order to explain them to our readers and colleagues, and to use them in our day-to-day work on the Net

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Question: Why Aren’t I Seeing Full ISDN Speeds?

Question: Why Aren't I Seeing Full ISDN Speeds? I'm using two-channel ISDN, and I should see nearly 128 Kbps. Instead, I'm only getting about 70 Kbps at the fastest

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Question: Who’s Visiting My Web Site?

Question: Who's Visiting My Web Site? I'd like to know exactly who comes to my home page. Is this possible? Answer: It's almost impossible to know exactly who visits your Web site, even though you can learn many details about visits to your site

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Question: How Do You Pronounce "URL"?

Question: How Do You Pronounce "URL"? I'm confused - I've heard people say "earls" and "you are ells" when they're talking about URLs

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Virtual PC: Slow But Well Worth the Wait

Running Connectix's new Virtual PC is a little eerie. Within a minute of double-clicking its icon, you have a Windows 95 startup screen staring you in the face

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Border Wars on the Net

UUNET Technologies, a major, top-level Internet service provider with a multi-million dollar nationwide network, recently announced plans to phase out arrangements with other networks to carry Internet traffic free of charge across its network, unless the other networks had substantial, national investments in infrastructure