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In computer news this week 02/29/2012
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Sometimes I read articles related to the computer industry that are just plain silly. I’m sure they matter to some people, and probably some people take them very seriously, but they just seem daft to me.
Daft; I think that’s a British word used commonly, as opposed to our American word “nuts”. They would say “The bloke’s daft” where we’d say someone is just plain nuts.
Back in the 60’s when we were all listening to the Beatles and trying to find meaning in their lyrics, one of my favorite verses was from their song entitled “A day in the life”:
read the news today oh boy
This verse has seemed almost an existential Camus-like statement to me; the absurdity of life highlighted in a newspaper article about the number of holes in the streets.
It reminded me of a CNN article I had read about How Many Pages are there on the Internet ?
No one really knows how many websites or individual Web pages make up this seemingly infinite digital universe that is the internet.
Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine, says "The Web holds about a trillion pages. The human brain holds about 100 billion neurons," in his 2010 book "What Technology Wants."
A group called the World Wide Web Foundation -- appropriately founded by Tim Berners-Lee, who pretty much created the internet -- is on a quest to figure out, with some degree certainty, how big the internet really is.
With a $1 million grant from Google, the foundation plans to release the results of its online forensic search, called the World Wide Web Index, early next year.
"The Web Index will be the world's first multi-dimensional measure of the Web and its impact on people and nations. It will cover a large number of developed and developing countries, allowing for comparisons of trends over time and benchmarking performance across countries."
It won't answer every question people have about the internet, but the index will be presented as a series of annual reports, and will go a long way toward filling in some of the gaps.
"We want to be really careful about what will happen (as a result of the Web Index) because we just don't know," he said. "But this will be probably the best opportunity to quantify" the Web.…..
Now I’ve had a web page since the late 1990’s and I’ve made so many changes to it that I have no idea of how many pages I actually have that are usable. I’m sure I have lots of pages that are just sitting out there never viewed, and I really don’t plan on doing any cleanup as I have 10 Gigs of webspace and I know I’m not going to run out of room.
I’m sure most websites are in this similar state of excessive pages too.
So a project to determine how many pages are on the Internet seems doomed from the start. There are thousands of new websites coming online each day, and probably millions of web pages edited or added to existing websites, and many websites going down due to business failure or other problems.
So determining how many pages are on the internet is impossible, as it’s a moving target. And if we did know, what would that really mean ?
But I’m pretty sure it would be more than enough pages to fill the Albert Hall……
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