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Since the Internet got a grip on life some things have been better, but many things are worse and some things are being taken away never to be returned. It's an unequal sort of progress.So here we are, facing changes to what has been part of our culture for hundreds of years.

This section is I-Programmer's reflections on why an e-zine isn't ever a replacement for a magazine and challenges some of our naive assumptions about the way the web works.

Join in the debate email your comments to: The Stone Tapes




Reddit is rude

Social bookmarking sites treat their users in a way that is both bad mannered and counter productive.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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Web site infant mortality

If you look around you find plenty of promising-looking websites that have obviously closed down within a few months of their inception. Why is the failure rate so high?

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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Both sides now…

When you see the Kindle from both sides - reader and writer - you start to realise that it’s a volatile world that we really don't know at all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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Why Kindle is the answer

Most people think that Kindle, Amazon’s own ebook reader, is just that – another ebook reader. But it is so much more. Unless something very stupid happens Kindle is set to change the face of publishing for reasons that few commentators seem to be shouting about.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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OpenID - the Webmaster's tale

OpenID seems to be the single sign in method that is taking the web world by storm because it allows the user to have one user name and one password for all the websites they visit but what's the advantage from the web owner's point of view?

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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The cost of content

Content costs too much to support. Is this the end of the professional non-fiction writer?

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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Spam = Licence to the Lynch Mob

There is a hysterical lynch mob of Internet users gunning for anyone they deem to be "spamming". This is crazy and has downright dishonest motives and I'll explain why ...

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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The New Metric

Web advertising metrics are good for the advertiser but terrible for the web in general. Are advertisers killing the web in ways that are rarely mentioned?

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010
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Googlenomics - Experimental SEO

To make search optimisation work we need to know HOW it works and this calls for a new experimental science, Googlenomics

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009
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