Jacques Chester writes: "If you connected to the internet in the early 90s, you probably remember a little blue-and-gold trumpet icon. It was Trumpet Winsock, created by Peter Tattam, and it made it possible for millions to get online for the first time ever, kickstarting the web revolution.
Through Trumpet Winsock I found slashdot, linux and a whole world of interesting people and fascinating subjects.
Its creator, Peter Tattam, received almost no payments for the millions of copies distributed by ISPs and magazines.
Jacques Chester writes: The Australian government's research body, the CSIRO, has won a settlement with HP over wifi-related patents it lodged in 1996. The settlement is part of the CSIRO's lawsuit against a group of companies it claims are infringing: Intel, Dell, Toshiba, Asus, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, SMC, Accton, 3-Com, Buffalo, Microsoft and Nintendo. This could mean that billions of dollars in royalties will soon be getting paid to one of the world's best scientific research organisations, potentially funding more research in astronomy, biology, physics, medicine and many other basic science and development projects. For once it looks like the 'little guy' is getting what's due. Let's just hope that the Australian government doesn't pinch the royalties come budget time.
Jacques Chester writes: Shared hosting has dominated the web hosting market since the beginning, but I think its time will soon be up. The upshot is that administrative costs and hardware prices will eventually tip the balance firmly in favour of the virtual private server hosts.
Jacques Chester writes: "Yesterday's story about new 'snooping' laws to defeat terrorism got me hot under the collar, so I hit the phones. Starting with my local member and ending in the Attorney-General's office, I learned that the Ministers were ignorant or trying to spin something that didn't need spin. The journalists botched the story too. In reality the change is to close an administrative loophole.
I explain how everyone got it wrong — and what should happen next."
Jacques Chester writes: With accusations of ballot fiddling, dodgy voting machines and the like, what property is most important for an electoral system? Trust, of course! I've been looking at the US political system as an interested outsider for some time now and I explain why in software terms, trust needs to be added to the "Arrow's Theorem" list of important properties for any voting system to have.
Jacques Chester writes: "I administer a moderately popular site in Australia. Like many geeks who get roped into helping out with such things, I am frequently surprised at how current bloggers seem to think the Internet was only turned on when they turned up, that this is a new phenomenon. I decided to write a little on how it's all been done before."