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Who should control the ‘Net?; U3 promises to break the apps chain

Mar 07, 20063 mins
Enterprise Applications

* Backspin: Who should control the ‘Net? * Gearhead: U3 promises to break the apps chain * The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

Backspin: Who should control the ‘Net?

“The deal condenses everything that is wrong with how the Internet is currently run in one tiny document. How vital decisions about the global Internet are made by one of three bodies – ICANN, VeriSign and the U.S. Department of Commerce – and how their complicated and difficult relationships consistently produce decisions and agreements and settlements that are a million miles from what they should be, and could be if the globalness of the Internet was actually pulled in.”

– “ICANN approves dotcom contract, signs own death warrant,” entry on Kieran McCarthy’s blog

The deal referred to in McCarthy’s blog is the latest bit of bad judgment from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and stems from its settlement of a court case initiated by VeriSign, the company that has historically been the controlling registrar for the Internet’s .com and .net top-level domains (TLD).

To read this week’s Backspin in its entirety, click here.

Gearhead: U3 promises to break the apps chain

Application portability always has been a huge issue in the IT world because it is such a powerful idea: Move your applications to any machine at any time and they just run. No recompiling, no missing Dynamic Link Libraries, no registry issues, no missing drives. Ahh, that’s how life should be. Of course, that is hardly how it is.

To read this week’s Gearhead in its entirety, click here.

The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

Apple Shoots, They Score and They Miss!

Well, today Apple announced their latest products and while there is some good stuff (the new Mac Minis are wicked cool)(that’s what you get for talking to Bostonians too much), I was really surprised by the iPod Hi-Fi …


The World’s Most Powerful X-ray Source!

Check out this photo of the Z Machine in action. Caption: “Electrical discharges illuminate the surface of the Z machine, the world’s most powerful X-ray source, during a recent accelerator shot. By early 1998, the Sandia National Laboratories accelerator had achieved temperatures of 1.8 million degrees, close to the 2 to 3 million degrees required for nuclear fusion. In the last 18 months, breakthroughs have enabled the machine to increase its power output roughly seven times.”


Is Spam That Bad for Your Brand?

Have you recently received spam from Silver Jangles (“Distinctive Designs for Discriminating Tastes”)? Maybe lots of them? I have received them in batches of three copies on each of three e-mail accounts on and off for the last ten days.

Silver Jangles is a small company that sells jewelry for fund raisers. Given that the company’s phone number was prominently displayed in the message I gave them call figuring that they probably didn’t know what they were doing or alternatively what was being done for them.

It was an interesting call and got me thinking …


The Perfect OS

I’m not the only one on Network World blogging this but the topic is so interesting I figure there’s room for all of us … the topic is what would the perfect OS look like? Tom Henderson has some thoughts.

Tom’s article sketches out the big picture but what about the detail? Given the Windows will be around at least for the rest of our lives, the virtualization component of Tomos (whatchathink of that Tom?) would be crucial.

I rather imagine Tomos being like BeOS (now YellowTAB’s ZETA) on steroids with built-in virtualization and agnostic about everything outside of itself.


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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