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Giles Turnbull

Giles is a contributing editor to WriteTheWeb.

Giles is a freelance writer based in Wiltshire, UK. He has a professional web site at gorjuss.com, a personal one at gilest.org, and is one of the team responsible for Make A Shorter Link.

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File sharing is freedom

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-24

Even if Napster is doomed to be closed down by the courts, the concept of file sharing will live on, according to BT's technology guru Peter Cochrane.

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What the internet cannot do

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-21

This week's Economist speculates on the changes brought about by the net, but concludes with a warning that we should not be suckered into believing our own hype about it.

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Sssh - it's the new internet protocol

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-21

Work is progressing on building a new 128-bit protocol for internet addresses, according to an article by Dan Gillmor. But to work well, the big changeover should be completely invisible to most people, he says.

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Copyright is dead

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-17

Napster was just the beginning. The record industry has decided to fight it, but the cat is out of the bag already. Now people have discovered that they can trade just about any media over the net, royalty-free. People who create original content - of any kind - are wondering what they should do to protect their interests.

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Does HTML matter any more?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-15

The growing importance of XML and XHTML leave plain old HTML looking somewhat out-of-date, according to this article at IDG.net.

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The lawless internet

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-15

What are webmasters to do about lawlessness online? With the recent media exposure of the katie.com row, who can be sure that their domain is safe from the interests of big business?

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And you thought push was dead

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-04

Just as memories of Pointcast and push technology were beginning to fade, one group of analysts says push has a future.

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Opera 4.02 released

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-08-04

Opera Software has released version 4.02 of its web browser for Windows. The update boasts a number of new features, the company says.

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UK internet snooping law passed - so now what?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-07-31

The UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill is now law. Those who have been campaigning against it, breathless at the government's arrogance in ignoring their pleas and ploughing ahead anyway, are now re-grouping for a concerted campaign to counter what they call government "propaganda".

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Should every web site look the same?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-07-26

In his latest Alertbox column, web usability advocate Jakob Nielsen declares the "end of web design" and calls for web designers to tone down distinct design.

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Writing for the TV web

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-07-04

With the arrival of new web-on-your-TV systems in the UK and elsewhere, what should content creators do about making their text readable on a TV set?

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The web is a flat, rectangular place

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-07-04

Cartoonist Scott McCloud has started to publish some interesting ideas about making comics - and other visual communications - work better online.

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Are bloggers getting boring?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-06-13

Jason Kottke has published strong opinions about the nature of blogging on his web site. He says that too many blogs are doing too much of the same. Is he right?

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Meta tags are (becoming) history

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-06-13

Rob Manuel, who runs the tsluts weblog, has posted an interesting e-mail conversation he had about the future of meta tags and web site promotion.

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RIPping into a bad Bill

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-06-12

After nearly a year of being nagged by campaigners, the UK media is waking up to the prospect of the RIP Bill - now making its way through Parliament - becoming law. Recent coverage in the Observer newspaper was a good start - now the BBC is joining in.

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