Scout Report: Week ending June 10, 1994

June 10, 1994

Notes from the Editor:

  • New feature in this issue: NetBytes -- brief "sound bytes" from around the net. Quotations, fun news items, stories, etc. that are circulating "by word of net".
  • This issue of the Scout Report (the 7th) incorporates several reader suggestions: the first page now lists the URLs for gopher and WWW access to the Report, the number of items included in the issue, and the total size of the Report.

World Wide Web:

  1. China News Digest (CND). A voluntary non-profit organization aimed at providing news and other information services to readers who are concerned primarily about China-related affairs. Includes a link to the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing, and the Internet Go Server (IGS) where you can play Wei Qi online, an Ancient Chinese game.
  2. Commercial Net Use Web Resource, an experimental web page that includes pointers to groups and publications which discuss the use of the Internet for commercial purposes. Selected net statistics, including the results of a recent WWW demographic survey done by Georgia Tech. Links to lists of commercial Web sites, such as The Internet Mall and the What's New in Commercial Sites list.
  3. Defense Information System Agency's (DISA) Center For Engineering.
  4. K-12 Resource announced by the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (CNIDR).
    • The Global Schoolhouse Technology Demonstration Project, funded by the National Science Foundation and other sponsors. Examples of students and teachers publishing information on the Internet, as well as hints, resources and tools and a Global Schoolhouse gopher.
    • Janice's K-12 OUTPOST and BIG K-12 Gopher: The OUTPOST is a collection of what's out there on the Web. The BIG gopher is a collection of what's been out there in gopherspace for K-12.
  5. The LISTSERV User Guide is now available in hypertext format. Provides a detailed description of the LISTSERV functions which are available to general users.
  6. Two new Macintosh WWW clients released this week:
  7. Microsoft Corporation WWW Server. Public information about Microsoft and its products: KnowledgeBase articles, sample code, patches and other support related products.
  8. The Ohio State University at Newark, Art Gallery. Current Roy Lichtenstein Pre-Pop, 1948-1960 Exhbition is now available on the Web. Over 30 works of the famous American artist, most of which have never before been shown to the public. This unusual and very important exhibtion will help in understanding how the artist arrived at his more famous Pop Style. Future exhibits will also be made available.
  9. WebWorld, a virtual world you can move around in, build in, and visually link to other parts of the World Wide Web. Can click on a link, such as a home or an office, or a container, such as a city, town, or large building. Users own the links and paths they build.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  10. WHO's WHO On-Line (first edition) is a collective experiment towards a HYPERbiographical database of people in the Internet. Anyone can submit a listing for themselves, and listings are organized by profession or discipline. Listings can reside on your WWW, Gopher, or FTP server.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  11. WWW in the curriculum. Home page for instructional uses of the Web, located at The University of Texas at Austin. Links to projects in 20 subject areas.
  12. Recently announced college and university World WideWeb servers:
    1. Dartmouth College, Computer Science.
    2. University of Washington, Technical Japanese Program. Services related to the teaching of Technical Japanese, and a good selection of Japan-related resources. Programs offered: Inter-Engineering MSE in Technical Japanese (IMTJ) and Japanese Program for Professionals (JPP).
    3. University of Aberdeen, Electronics Research Group. Topics include artificial neural networks, neural web, hybrid systems and applications, satellite communications - VSATs, site diversity networks, networking - ATM, TCP/IP & X.25 implementation, protocol benchmarking, spread spectrum, and fault tolerant communications. Services provided include online digest archives including Neuron Digest, TidBITS and Alife digest.
    4. The University of Birmingham, Academic Computing Service. Includes documents listing all known UK University Web Servers and UK National Educational Organisations such as NAG and Mailbase.
    5. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science
    6. University of Southampton, U.K., The Interactive Learning Centre


  • On-line Grief and Loss Network. Deals with death and dying, bereavement, and major losses -- both physical and emotional. Gives physicians, hospitals, hospices, mental health professionals, funeral homes, churches, educators, and the bereaved access to this critical information. Includes an on-line resource directory of support groups, agencies, organizations, and educational activities in the U.S. and Canada.
  • The National Archives. Includes descriptions of facilities nationwide; information on agency holdings; publications and ngeneral information leaflets; and some Federal records regulations. Selected available resources are the Nixon Presidential Materials, Ansel Adams photographs from the Still Picture Branch, captured German sound recordings, electronic records, and an index of selected census records.

National Information Infrastructure (NII):


  • "If cars evolved the way computers did, today they would run for six months on a quarter's worth of gas and explode once per day."
    -- seen in a sig (paraphrased)
  • Cyber Age Affirmation #107-
    "I will meet my future spouse on IRC!"
    -- from the CyberNet home page

Weekend Scouting:

  • Games related information. Over 100 links to FAQs, Home Pages, 'Net games, Walkthroughs, Game information, contacts, and more.
  • The Nerd Page (their name, not mine :-) at the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering. Nice mixture of "lite" Nerd type resources on the net. Topics include Nerd Culture and Happenings, Flotsam and Jetsam, Nerd Fun, and Software, Computing & Technology.
    [Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
  • Star Trek -- Let's Go Trekking. Includes info on the final episode, schedules, conventions, and the Klingon Language School.