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Washington Post columnist Leslie Walker writes about the latest trends in technology, from Web search to digital photgraphy.



 



Searching for Order in the Blogosphere

Thu, 27 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDT

I was all ears when a man named Tony Conrad sat down next to me at a recent dinner party and introduced himself as the founder of a new blog search engine called Sphere.



Salary, Benefits and the View Out the Office Window

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDT

There's something about Jobster that intrigues Internet investors.



A Clearer Picture of You

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Digital photos have been frozen in a picture-book metaphor on the Web for so long that it's refreshing to see a new crop of sites developing the picture further.



Innovators: A Quiz

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Who is most closely associated with each innovation?
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Recognize Me?

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Mention the Segway, and you're more likely to recognize the famous people who have ridden it than the man who invented it.



ANSWERS TO INNOVATORS QUIZ

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

In a sense, the questions on Page D1 are trick questions. The way technology develops makes it hard to give credit to a single person for innovations that may build on the work of many who came before. Also, techies love to fight over fine points. Following are explanations of how some of these people came to be especially associated with particular advances:



Online News With a New Angle

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

To see who will create the Internet newscast of the future, look into a mirror.



An Older, Wiser EBay, Growing Patiently

Thu, 15 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

LAS VEGAS EBay's big buying binge was the talk of its fifth annual user convention here this week, which pulled 15,000 sellers from around the world eager to learn what the Internet auction giant plans to do next.
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Beware the Lonely Hearts Club Scam

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Ladies, beware of men buying drinks in bars -- they may be retired drug dealers trying to recruit you into their life of cybercrime, specifically identity-theft rings.



If This Column Were a Web Site, This Would Be Its Home Page

Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Design guru:



Computers' Mistakeover

Thu, 25 May 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Just as technology amplifies our human strengths, it can also showcase our weaknesses.



Google's Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books

Thu, 18 May 2006 00:00:00 EDT

It's odd to hear Vinton Cerf, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, to gush over ink-on-paper books.
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How to Juice Up a Site's Rank

Thu, 27 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

If your Web site isn't getting the attention it deserves on the Internet, it may be running low on Google juice.



Online Hubs For Buying and Selling

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Unique visitors, March



ISO Best-Selling Model for Web Classifieds

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Craigslist, the Web bulletin board where millions of people buy and sell stuff, is facing a fresh burst of competition for classified ad listings.



Web Words Of the Day

Thu, 13 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Quick, name this era -- the one the Internet is in right now.
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Roaming Virtual World Is a Real Trip

Thu, 30 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

I wanted to get up at 5 a.m. yesterday and watch the solar eclipse with my new friend Tony, but I was too tired from a night of robotic line dancing in my high-heeled sandals and low-rider jeans.



Still Seeking a Site to Call Home

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

I'm an Internet bag lady, with no place online to call home.



In Game of Click and Mouse, Advertisers Come Up Empty

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

Radiator.com got a jolt this month from the firm it hired to audit the nearly $40,000 worth of sponsored links it buys every month from Google and Yahoo.



Web Tools Employ The Human Factor

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

SAN DIEGO There's a push throughout techland these days to start humanizing computers and let people crawl inside to take control. To which I say, "Show me a comfy crawlspace, and I'm there!"
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Many Ways to Pay -- or to Leave

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 00:00:00 EST

With apologies to Paul Simon, I have a few thoughts after reading the gazillion e-mails America Online subscribers sent me last week about moving from dial-up to broadband:



Jeeves, You're Fired

Tue, 28 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

NEW YORK



AOL Hopes to Ring Up Upgrades

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

Since broadband Internet prices have been dropping for more than a year, I was shocked to get an e-mail from America Online last week announcing that it was hiking my fee for dial-up service.



Site's Alluring Facade Is Built on Shaky Foundation

Thu, 16 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

When I saw a demo of the Zillow.com real estate service last month, it struck me as so obvious I wondered why no one had done it before.
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Overwhelmed With Gadgets? Here's a Dinosaur.

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

PHOENIX You know something's happening when the robots go retro.



Evolving in the Virtual World

Sat, 04 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

LOS ANGELES -- The future of entertainment rests with a hot new star: you, the former audience.



Web's Big 3 Jockey for First

Thu, 02 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

If the business race for Internet supremacy were a horse race, here's how I'd handicap it today:



A Policy of Neutrality, for Now, In the Music Gadget Wars

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

I have a bad case of mobile-media paralysis.
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Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn't

Sat, 21 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

The Justice Department may have done us all a big favor by issuing subpoenas to Internet search engines to find out what people are researching online.



A Universe of Good Intentions, A World of Practical Hurdles

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

One great thing about the Internet is how anyone can try to make it better.



Future of Internet TV Is Coming Into View

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

I was trying to sleep on a flight home from Las Vegas Sunday when the craving hit: I want my Internet TV.



Marketing Mayhem at the Consumer Electronics Show

Thu, 05 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 The Big Pitch assaults me here like some rock opera: See me, feel me, touch me .
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.com

Thu, 29 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Leslie Walker is on leave, and her column will resume when she returns. In the interim, we will publish one technology column each Thursday, rotating among three themes: tech policy, video gaming and the local tech scene.



A Step Back From the Web

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Back in 1997, when I was working at the newspaper's Web site, a colleague returned from vacation and I asked him how it went.



It's a Web Buying Spree for Big Media

Thu, 08 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Sharon Keating, a lawyer in New Orleans, grabbed her laptop as she fled Hurricane Katrina with her family in a three-car caravan. For the past 11 days, Keating has been blogging about her evacuation on the home page of About.com, a Web site owned by the New York Times Co.



Theft You Don't Even See

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

How's this for a one-two punch -- software that secretly alters your Google search results, then tries to drop nasty programs on your computer by luring you to a bogus eBay link?
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Little Assurance From ID-Theft Insurance

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Identity thieves are the serial kidnappers of white-collar crime, and I'm convinced they will commit many more electronic snatchings before anyone figures out how to thwart them.



New Job-Hunting Sites Might Be Monster Killers

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Monster.com may grow up to be a dinosaur. That was my first thought upon seeing a new breed of online job sites shaking up the recruitment industry.



Web Increasingly Cluttered By Sites Full of Paid Links

Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Search-related advertising is fueling a new wave of Web sites that seem to have as much appeal as a cheesy Hollywood set. That's because many are created to look good to search engines, much as fake scenery fools TV cameras.



Under Siege in Dulles By New-Generation Hackers

Thu, 04 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Sometime last year, the cat and mouse switched places on the Internet.
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Online Shopping for Grocery Sales Can't Tell You How Much You Save

Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

The Internet should have weaned me off Sunday newspaper circulars by now, but I still find their Web counterparts to be pale imitations of the print ads I pore over obsessively each week.



Yahoo Adds Content Aimed At 'Social Media Environment'

Thu, 21 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Ho-hum earnings for the second quarter prompted Wall Street to whack 11.5 percent off Yahoo's stock price yesterday. But the question investors should be asking is when and how much the payoff will be for all the new stuff in Yahoo's pipeline.



AOL Hopes for Great Mileage Out of Its Souped-Up Web Site

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

America Online has been called the Internet on training wheels.



EBay Sellers Fell Into Careers That Fill Their Lives

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Brenda Lorisch is considering buying a new home and keeping her old one to store the mountain of designer clothes she sells on eBay.
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'Click to Call' Technology Puts Customers on Lines

Thu, 23 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Web sites that once pinched service pennies by hiding their phone numbers on hard-to-find Web pages are increasingly doing the opposite -- flashing prominent "click to call" buttons on their Web sites, inviting shoppers to pick up the phone and call them.



Comics Looking to Spread A Little Laughter on the Web

Thu, 16 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Like everything else online, the funnies want to be free.



Shopping That Really Sells

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Bye-bye, Shopping.com. So long, LowerMyBills.com. Hasta la vista, Shopzilla.com.



Digital-Photo Printing Is a Developing Industry

Thu, 02 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

One of the Internet's livelier battles this year is over your digital photos.
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News Groups Wrestle With Online Fees

Thu, 26 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

CARLSBAD, Calif.



PayPal Looks To Evolve Beyond Its Auction Roots

Thu, 19 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Digital money pioneer PayPal is on the prowl.