What should I put on the Fence
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
Here's a perfect example of how individuals can use the Net to promote whatever
cause takes their fancy -- no matter how trivial or petty.
Making the culprits suffer!
The extraordinary lengths one man was prepared to go to in order to deal
with a spammer.
How's Your Power Saving Going?
Are you still doing your bit to save power in the face of dwindling reserves?
worth taking a look at if you want to keep an eye on the situation.
What a good use of the Net!
Net-License Gaining Favour?
As many regular readers will be aware, it's not unknown for ideas and
observations which appear in this column later appear in other publications
but I think Wired's publication of
must be some kind of record in terms of Aardvark's head-start.
If you're wondering what I'm talking about -- take a look at
this old column
from nearly 18 months ago.
What is worrying is that there's every chance our politicians are also reading
and maybe starting to think that this could be a good idea. Hey, maybe that's
why so much money is being poured into the
Or, perhaps even more worrying than that little scenario, is the realisation
that maybe Microsoft have realised the fact that sooner or later, governments
are going to want to tighten the screws on people's Net activities -- and perhaps,
just perhaps, the MS Passport is a very clever strategy for providing
exactly the licensing system they'll want.
Imagine it -- no Internet access unless you've got an MS Passport and all
websites will need to bar access to anyone who doesn't have a valid Passport.
Don't scoff -- who would have thought at the turn of the century that
you'd need a license to drive one of those new fangled motor car things --
or that we'd need a license to own a gun?
These things have a way of creeping up on you and are easily justified
by governments who can wheel out the old "for the public good" line.
Enjoy a "free" Internet while you can folks :-(
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