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Newsletter April 22, 2003

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Do you "Grub"?

The Internet, we've said it before and we'll say it again, it a wonderful, beautiful and above all practical thing. E-commerce, leisure, travel, culture: everything seems to be available on the Web. Although it is still only used by part of the population, the Web has become hugely popular. Using electronic mail, meeting people through online chat, making purchases online are all common practice now… The practical side of the Web has spread widely. But is this really the most interesting aspect of the Internet? What if the real interest was elsewhere? And what if 'Grub' had seized on it?

The true strength of the network, which led to its rapid spread, is the immensity of the number of computers and therefore people linked to each other. The huge size of this cybernetic community has opened the door to a new world of unexplored possibilities. For proof, take a look at the success of the peer to peer (P2P) community, that has fully exploited the somewhat overlooked idea of interconnection. Connecting Internet users between themselves, sharing data of all sorts, (music, images, films…) is an idea that has spread like wildfire.

The sharing principle can also be applied to computing resources. Just as Seti@Home asked Internet users to share their computer's calculating power to further the search for extraterrestrial life, Grub hopes to make use of the same infinite resources to index the World Wide Web.

So Grub is a small program that, as a background task or a screensaver, uses any computer's capacities to crawl Web sites and build an index that, by the end of the project, could well become the biggest one available on-line. In the last 24 hours alone, Grub claims to have indexed more than 74 million pages, using client software installed on more than 2000 machines.

Property of LookSmart, a company that is already well-known to on-line information researchers, Grub might just revolutionize Web-based information research.

Peer-to-Peer software on AgentLand:



A new series of in-depth tests starts today, with a 4-page analysis of the leading monitoring agent, WebSite Watcher

WebSite Watcher: the choice between power and simplicity
Website Watcher is a program that is making a lot of noise among the community of intelligent agent enthusiasts. It seems to federate a wide range of approval and positive feedback. So we decided to put Website Watcher to the test to try and answer the question that everyone is asking at the moment: is Website Watcher the ideal monitoring tool?
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Every keystroke and click you make is registered by Windows! While working on a PC, you leave thousands of bytes behind that track all your actions (recorded in various system files) that you do not even know about. Acronis Privacy Expert 2003 thoroughly checks Windows® system areas for evidence of user activities and completely removes and wipes these areas to assure your privacy.
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> Mission Risk
The object of the game of risk is to either capture every territory on the board and wipe out all of your opponents, or to complete your secret mission before any one else does. Careful planning and a cunning strategy play a big part in the outcome of a game.
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