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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




Adblocking - Looking For A Solution
Written by Sue Gee   

AdBlock aims to make the Internet a better place by fund-raising for its anti-ads ad campaign. But who is really hurt by web advertising, and who will suffer if AdBlock succeeds? It could be all of us.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013
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Google's War On Links - Prohibition All Over Again
Written by Stone Tapes   

Given that Google's life blood is the hyperlink you might find it strange that it has just declared war on said link. Not only that, but in its attempts to make search better it has placed a weapon in your opponent's hands that you are powerless to defend yourself against.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012
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Reddit Admits Banning Major Sites
Written by Stone Tapes   

Reddit has caused some surprise by announcing bans on Business Week, Phys.org, The Atlantic and more. Some Redditors are happy that evildoers are punished, some are not so sure, but this news shouldn't come as a surprise. Reddit has been banning sites and users for a very long time - just not admitting it.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012
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Google Needs a New Search Algorithm
Written by Stone Tapes   

Google Search is important for every web publisher. It drives traffic to a site like no other entity on the web. It may have been reduced in importance by social media, but it is still the only (mostly) no-effort way of getting browsers to view your pages. You simply post the page, wait for it to be crawled by Google, and sit back and expect visitors. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2011
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In Praise of Alexa

Now that Google has stopped ranking websites - yes page rank is long dead - there is a real need for some public auditing and ranking.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011
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Rationality, advertising and profit

If this article isn't being brought to you by sponsors, who is it that is picking up the tab?  Why turning off adverts is aggressive action.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013
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The Daily - how will it change epublishing?

The Daily, Murdoch's newspaper created specifically for the iPad. was finally launched this week. Is it going to have an impact - or is it the wrong model anyway? 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011
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A web site for $5 a month?

Stone Tapes continues to challenge some of our naive assumptions about the way the Web works.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 February 2011
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Flattr me - Micropayments yet again

Flattr is a new attempt to encourage end users to pay a minimum amount for the web content that they take for granted. Can it possibly work?

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010
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