Mind your manners
On August 26, Intel released its latest P4 2.8 GHz chip. Intel has
increased its lead over rival AMD and the Athlon XP+ CPU. What do
you have to say?
is a vast resource of information and today, more than 95% of the
total knowledge base of the world is said to be available and accessible
over the Internet. From complete volumes of books to music, from
science journals to detailed instruction manuals on how to make
nuclear warheads; all this information is literally at your fingertips
if you are connected to the NET.
There are however,
certain guidelines and rules that should be followed when making
use of this information. We have to keep in mind that some of the
information we access could be illegal, either by restrictions such
as laws prohibiting the publication of such information in the first
place. As we all know, implementing laws and regulations on the
boundless world of the Internet has so far proved impractical with
the technology available today, but that does not mean that it is
safe to use such information. Internet laws are stricter and more
enforceable than you may think.
One issue I
wish to highlight in this regard is plagiarism. Once I came across
the saying "If you copy from one; it is plagiarism, but if
you copy from many; it is research". Leave it as it may be,
it is unethical and in most cases unlawful to copy another person's
work and present it as your own. The many informative websites on
the Internet are there for us to research or refer information that
we need or that is useful to us. In most cases it is illegal to
reproduce such information without the consent of the author(s).
Even in cases where this is not illegal, it is ethical and indeed
a decent thing to acknowledge the source of your information and
give due credit to the author(s).
to all forms of information, be it text, images, movies or sound.
The need to
strengthen copyright and intellectual property law in Sri Lanka
has been emphasized in recent times.
It has been
pointed out in this very page that software piracy is abundant and
carried out openly in our country.
Have you got
anything to add about plagiarism? Are you aware of the current nature
of current legislation that governs copyrights and intellectual
How do you
think our laws should change in a way that ensures fairness to all?
Do you think it is fair to allow software piracy in third-world
countries such as ours?
How would you
answer that if you were a software developer? Write in with your
views on Internet ethics (also known as netiquette) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solaris Operating System:
Solaris Operating system provides a 64-bit UNIX
based Operating environment (SPARC only). The 64- bit Solaris Operating
environment is a complete 32 -bit and 64-bit application and development
environment supported by a 64-bit operating system. This permits
maximum compatibility and interoperability for existing applications,
both source and binary. At the same time, the 64-bit Solaris operating
environment overcomes many of the limitations. The Solaris operating
environment runs on two types of hardware, or platforms - SPARC
and IA. The Solaris operating environment runs on both 64-bit and
32-bit address spaces. You can boot either the 32-bit or 64-bit
Solaris operating environment on UltraSPARC machines.
- Solaris includes the Netscape communicator Web browser.
- UFS logging is the process of storing a transaction (changes that
make up a complete UFS operation) in a log before the transactions
are applied to the UFS.
- Dynamic reconfiguration allows the service provider to add, or
remove and replace, hot-pluggable boards in a running system laminating
the time lost in rebooting. This feature is available on certain
SPARC systems only.
- Solaris includes enhancements in the areas of performance, security,
send mail, LDAP, RPC,NIS+ and BIND, to name a few. Also, the trace
route utility is included.
Solaris includes improvements in graphics and imaging.
Environment (CDE) - Solaris includes improvements to the CDE and
new tools to make it easy to find, manipulate, and manage address
cards, applications, email addresses, files, folders, hosts, processes,
and Web addresses.
Errors on the Internet occur quite frequently
and can be quite frustrating. They mostly have more to do with the
servers you're trying to access rather than your PC. Here is a list
of Internet messages and their meanings. In most cases, the only
thing you can do is try again.
400 Bad File
Request - Usually means the syntax used in the URL is incorrect
(e.g. uppercase letter should be lowercase letter; wrong punctuation
- Server is looking for some encryption key from the client and
is not getting it. Also, wrong passwords may have been entered.
Try it again, paying close attention to case sensitivity.
Denied - Similar to 401, special permission needed to access the
site - a password and/or username if it is a registration issue.
Other times you may not have the proper permissions set up on the
404 File Not
Found - Server cannot find the file you requested. File has either
been moved or deleted, or you entered the wrong URL or document
name. Look at the URL. If a word looks misspelled, then correct
it and try it again. If that doesn't work, backtrack by deleting
information between each backslash, until you come to a page on
that site that isn't a 404. From there you may be able to find the
page you're looking for.
Timeout - Client stopped the request before the server finished
retrieving it. A user will hit the stop button, close the browser,
or click on a link before the page loads. Usually occurs when servers
are slow or file sizes are large.
Error - Couldn't retrieve the HTML document because of server-configuration
problems. Contact site administrator.
501 Not Implemented
- Web server doesn't support a requested feature.
Temporarily Overloaded - Server congestion; too many connections;
high traffic. Keep trying until the page loads.
Unavailable - Server busy, site may have moved, or you lost your
dial-up Internet connection.
Refused by Host - Either you do not have permission to access the
site or your password is incorrect.
No Data - Page is there but is not showing anything. Error occurs
in the document. This is attributed to bad table formatting, or
stripped header information.
Bad File Request
- Browser may not support the form or other coding you're trying
Lookup - The Domain Name Server can't translate your domain request
into a valid Internet address. Server may be busy or down, or incorrect
URL was entered.
- Host server down. Hit reload or go to the site later.
Unable to Locate
Host - Host server is down, Internet connection is lost, or URL
Refused by the Server - The Web server is busy.