I will be attending the SXSW …

I will be attending the SXSW conference in Austin, TX from March 10-14. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. For those who are attending, some of the other weblog folks have set up a SWSW weblog to discuss the conference.

Regarding yesterday’s posting pointing out that someone copied Evan’s site. I want to make it clear that I completely understand why people make this mistake so often. In fact, I encourage people to examine the code, technical design, and graphic design of a well-designed web site, but only if you do it as a learning/self-teaching experience. Unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of publishing their “test” sites and then getting busted by the original site author. The way to avoid this is simply to not publish your test sites to a public web server. Or if you do, then remove them shortly after you’ve verified that everything works. It’s perfectly fine to emulate a web site you like, as long as you don’t claim that it’s your original work or make it publicly accessible.

Here are the technical descriptions of the Tribal Flood Network DOS attack and the “trinoo” DOS attack. This is reportedly what was used to take down Yahoo earlier this week, as well as some other large ecommerce sites.

Cool new weblog with gratuitous use of Flash.

AOL Will Win The DSL War. While this is just one customer’s experience, I am worried that AOL’s plug-and-play approach may segregate certain portions of the Internet audience. The fact is that most of the incompetence people are experiencing with their DSL services and installation are a direct result of the DSL provider not having properly trained staff, or that the provider they’re using totally sucks (i.e. numerous reports that Bell Atlantic and other baby Bells are simply not prepared to handle the mass adoption of DSL, just yet).

Philosophe: Common Sense Rules For Interaction Design

I’m reading a new book called XML: A Manager’s Guide by Kevin Dick. It provides a semi-technical look at XML, but more importantly provides an excellent overview of what XML can be used for and educates the reader (probably someone in a management position) about what XML can do. [Highly Recommended]

Posted by Cameron Barrett at February 11, 2000 06:18 PM