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Why is Google Blacked Out?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are two bills currently being considered by legislators in Washington, D.C. – if passed, the bills will drastically change the you use the Internet.

No Google Doodle today – Google has blacked out their logo to speak out against SOPA and PIPA. 

What is SOPA? 
What is SOPA? SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act currently in the House, basically, it’s a bill that would censor websites, in addition impose regulations that would limit the way American businesses and web surfers use the Internet. Millions of Internet users and companies like Google and websites like Reddit, Boing Boing and Wikipedia have gone dark today, January 18 in response to the bill and in to raise awareness on the  legislation.

The “Blackout” has already gotten some legislators to take notice – and some have stopped supporting the bill – but the bill hasn’t been killed yet. The Senate will start voting on the bill on January 24.

If you want to get involved (and you should if you want a free and open internet) visit Google’s site and sign the SOPA petition telling Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. Want to learn more? Gizmodo has a great article about SOPA and how it would affect you.

A Free and Open Internet
PIPA and SOPA go beyond piracy, the bills are poorly written and would drastically affect almost everything on the web. For example, under the current terms of the bill, your website could be shut down without explanation, without due process, for no reason. From a technical perspective, the bills will also affect your safety on the net as well.

Web development has changed dramatically over the last few years and will continue to evolve. But politicians must have intelligent conversations and work with business owners and internet users instead of mandating laws. Hopefully today is the day that lawmakers start to listen.

UPDATE 1-20-12
The SOPA bill has been sent back to the drawing board to be redrafted. We’ll keep you posted for any changes or updates to the legislation as they become available. 


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World’s Wildest Web Cams

Before smartphones, web cams streamed video feeds across the Internet. In 1994, Lou Montulli (a Netscape employee) hooked an SGI indycam up to an SGI Indy workstation to take pictures of fish:


“Nemo! Nemo? Nemo!!!!”

Netscape was building these things called “web browsers” and “web servers.” Taking pictures of fish and posting them to the web seemed like a good idea. The camera produced a 640 x 480 pixel image. It took almost 20 seconds of CPU power to capture an image, add overlay text and post it to the web. The image was updated once a minute.

Fishcam broadcasted live images of the fishtank to something called the World Wide Web. Fishcam was the second live web camera to  broadcast on the web and is the oldest camera site still in existence. The original Netscape tank was a 40-gallon oceanic (or salt-water) tank. A year later it was replaced by a larger 90-gallon tank. In 1996, Netscape took the webcam offline.  In 2009, Lou Montulli re-started Fishcam with a 600-gallon tank. Today’s Fishcam has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and it posts images faster than once a second.

Live Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

Viva la Vegas!

Interested in wildlife of another type? They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not with this live cam around. People go crazy in Las Vegas and get married at all hours of the night, and this cam puts you in the thick of the festivities. Now the next time you’re up grabbing a late-night snack, why not log on and check out the 3:45 am wedding ceremony of Bob and Lydia from Detroit?

Keep an eye out for the Beatlemaniacs.

Abbey Road Web Cam  It was the setting of one of the most famous album covers in rock ‘n’ roll history and now there’s a web cam that lets you revisit the famed London intersection (the “zebra crossing,” as it’s also called) where the four Beatles crossed the street in single file, as captured on the cover of 1969’s Abbey Road. The Beatles recorded more than 90 percent of the band’s music at Abbey Road Studios, and now you can check out who’s crossing Abbey Road at any given moment. Hint: Expect to see scores of tourists, who now regularly flock to the site from around the world—one of the most iconic in all of popular music.

Loch Ness Monster Cam Millions of years ago, what is now known as Scotland’s Loch Ness was part of the seas, and many theorists claim that the Ice Age sealed off the lake…and kept any previous creatures within those boundaries. For nearly 100 years, visitors to the boggy lake have remained on the look-out for what may be the most famous resident of Loch Ness—a serpent-like, sea-dragon creature that could be a modern form of plesiosaur. What was that ripple you just observed on the water? Loch Ness Monster cam lets you continue the visual search for “Nessie” while you wait for your fast-food order or sit through a car wash.

This computer might have a bug in it.

Cockroach Cam  The official mascot for the Univ. of South Carolina is the gamecock, or super chicken, but lately the school may be getting known more for another form of animal life being webcast from the Columbia, S.C., campus. Known scientifically as gromphadorhina portentosa (which is Latin for “big, ugly and loud”), the web cam is devoted to showing the daily routine of numerous specimens of giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Why would you want to visit this web cam? We can’t answer that for you, but if you find yourself becoming emotionally attached to the hissing cockroaches, feel free to drop by Room 706 of USC’s Coker Life Sciences Building and meet the “stars” of this cam. Just don’t expect autographs.

Revolutionizing the Internet
Web cams are just one of the Internet’s many revolutions. Aspiring web designers are always looking for the next best thing; the first trick is mastering the basic skills of web development. Computer camps like those run by Digital Media Academy provide the core foundation needed by designers of all types of web sites. Learn the basics of web design and you could build websites that make Internet users take notice — without taking pictures of fish.


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5 Great Tools to Help Make a Great Website

You’ve got a great idea and you’re now ready to show the rest of world – the World Wide Web, that is. Now it’s easier than ever to learn how to design a web site, and the Internet even offers web designers an amazing array of interesting, useful and free helpful development tools. These tools not only support the development process, but do some of the work for you:

1. W3C Markup Validation Service
The Markup Validator is a free tool and service that validates your markup and reports any errors or discrepancies in your code.

2. Firebug
Long before Google Chrome came along, Mozilla’s Firefox has been helping push web development forward.

Mozilla provides great web development tools; Firebug is just one of them.

Firebug integrates with Firefox to give you access to a wealth of information while you browse pages on the Web. This add-on allows you to edit, debug and monitor CSS, HTML and JavaScript. It’s a great way to find a bug in your web code without spending hours.

3. Web Developer Toolbar
Another great Firefox add-on is Firefox’s Wed Developer Toolbar. The toolbar adds a menu and as the name implies, a toolbar that serves up a variety of very helpful web dev tools.

4. Listamatic
Listamatic is an excellent site that offers tutorials on creating attractive and responsive navigation bars with CSS and one simple list.

5. Stock Exchange
Need photos for your website? Stock Exchange provides a stock photography community where artists and photographers share and exchange high-quality stock images. As a design resource, the site provides a library of high-resolution, royalty-free photographs. The images on the site are free, but remember to check the License Agreement for each image, as some artists request notification or photo credit.

If you’re ready to start designing a website, use these resources to make your job easier, you’ll be designing a web site in no time. Or learn more about courses that can teach you web design. The World Wide Web awaits!

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