Philip Baczewski, Associate Director of Academic
The year in review
We've survived Y2K -- all of it! Welcome to the new millennium. In looking back at
MM, there were quite a few interesting developments in
Internet and Information technology. A number of these
developments were reflected in the last year's set of
Network Connections columns and can provide us with a
review of the year's events. So in the best tradition of
new year's journalism, its the Network Connections
Year in Review.
- If it's in print it must be true? The year
started with a number of predictions including
the one documented here about the future of
personal software. A year later just further
strengthens the view that some
"experts" aren't as expert as others.
- Fresh from the euphoria of non-disaster, the news
media found itself with a number of Internet
stories to trip over. The new year seemed to
bring a new level of Internet hype. We survived
the odometer rollover, but can we survive the
- One of the oldest Internet activities is still
one of the most vital. Mailing lists are
continuing to flourish on the Internet and are as
useful as ever.
- Ah Spring -- when college student's thoughts turn
to jobs -- what else? This column revisits the
world of Internet job hunting and shows that jobs
remain a hot topic well after this column's
original 1996 publication date.
- 2000 was the year in which "I LOVE YOU"
became words to fear. When the most famous virus
since Melissa made its appearance, the world
temporarily revolved around a few bored
programming students from the Philippines. Did we
learn anything from the "ILOVEYOU"
virus? Time will only tell, but perhaps it at
least made us think.
- Y2K. The year a company named napster.com
rocketed to Internet fame, only to be shot down
in a burst of legal fire by the RIAA. This column
recounts just one of the ongoing struggles which
will define the ultimate shape of the Internet.
It seems that anyone can own content, but who
will profit from the medium?
- Spring and Summer of Y2K seemed to yield a series
of laments for the lost art of writing. This
column was the result of hearing one too many
laments. Most of us are writing more than ever
and E-mail is the medium. No lament here.
- There's an incredible collection of information
on the Internet, and some of it just won't go
away! The Internet can provide timely and useful
information, but it can also provide information
that's quite obsolete. Knowing the difference can
- One of the big fights in MM was that between
Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice in
which it was proven that just because your
company is a huge monopoly, doesn't mean that you
can't win the battle by prolonging the case until
new "bidness-friendly" management comes
into power. While they were busy winning the
battle, however, Microsoft may have lost the war.
- Just when we thought it was safe to go back onto
the Internet, along comes the :CueCat, the latest
in Internet convenience/invasion of privacy
devices. It's too early to tell whether the
:CueCat is the big Internet earthquake or just a
- Oh, those pesky UCEs (unsolicited commercial
E-mails). More people are using and abusing
E-mail than ever. What's a person to do? How
about ignore it?
- The past year has seen a dramatic change in how
we connect to the Internet. Digital Subscriber
Line (DSL) and Cable modem technology have
brought bandwidth previously available only at
work or school directly to your home computer.
Along with this change in the way we connect to
the Internet comes additional concerns for the
security of our personal computers. Its time to
rethink computer security and learn about some
new tools to help keep our information secure.
The review in review
It was a very interesting year.