When consulting with clients about the Internet, we are often asked about where we get our information concerning technical issues, Internet statistics, market trends, etc. As a result, we thought we would share some of the better resources we use and, hopefully, do our part to support the Internet's best value…the free flow of information to a global community. As time goes by, we will continue to add more information here.



The Pew Internet and American Life Project studies questions pertaining to how the Internet is affecting people's lives as well as their decision making processes.


MyVitalAgent helps you monitor the performance of your ISP as well as that of the servers at sites you visit and your local intranet. They have an online demo and a free download. It is a very good analysis tool that helps when your suppliers try to “pass the buck”.


Searching for the ISP that is right for your needs? Besides comparing package deals and prices, check their MIQ Ratings for Latency, Packet Loss and Reachability. After all, if others can't reach your page, or not all of it comes through, then like the old saying goes “…a wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse…”. Thanks to the folks at Matrix Internet Quality who have put together some good charts to help you choose.


Two of the best resources for all kinds of HTML info are also two that have been around the longest: The HTML Writers Guild and The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Do you see what I see? … Probably not. Aside from the fact that our eyes are genetically different, the information from the Web entering our eyes is filtered differently by various operating systems (and versions of them), various browser types (and versions of them), various monitor sizes and various screen resolutions.
Thanks to the folks at Webmonkey who have put together some good charts to help you sort out who can (or can't) see what.


So, you've decided to try your hand at creating your own web site… After all, with all the WYSIWYG software out there, it can't be that difficult, right?
The important thing to remember about those “web page design programs” is the operative word in the phrase is “design”. Sure, they will let you easily change font sizes/colors/styles and position images and other page elements till you get a layout that you like. They will even generate the html coding to display your page (sort of).
The code they generate is not always compliant with W3C standards and in many cases has proprietary tags.
“So what?”, you ask, “It looks good here on my machine.”
O.K., how does it look on other operating systems, with different browsers, and at different resolutions? You could be just “winking in the dark”, you know what you are doing, but no one else can see it. A good tool for checking your code is:
CSE Html Validator
Even those WYSIWYG's claiming to be compliant and cross­browser, add a little something extra to the code they generate… empty space. This may not be important to the human eye, but remember the code is being written for machines to read. Machines are quite litteral. If you have extra spacing in your code, the server (remote computer where your web site files are stored) will take the time to “read” and transmit those spaces to the clients (local computer/browser setup of visitors to your site), who then will take the time to “read” and display it. That adds up to 3 delay points in the time it takes for someone to see each file that makes up your web site. Multiply that by the number of files in a site, then multiply that by the number of sites on the web, and it is easy to see how extra transmission time can eat up bandwidth which slows everthing down for every one.


Perhaps you are the curious type and want more information about the history of the Internet. There are some great links at http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/.


Maybe you just want to synchronize your system clock with the Atomic Clock…
This link will help
Atomic Clock