Tales from the Terminal Room
September 2000 Issue No. 13
Please Note: This is an archive copy of the newsletter. The information and links that it contains are not updated.
Tales from the Terminal Room ISSN 1467-338X
September 2000 Issue No. 13
Editor: Karen Blakeman
Published by: RBA Information Services
Tales from the Terminal Room (TFTTR) is a monthly newsletter, with the exception of July and August, which are published as a single issue. TFTTR includes reviews and comparisons of information sources and search tools; updates to the RBA Web site Business Sources and other useful resources; dealing with technical and access problems on the Net; and news of RBA's training courses and publications.
In this issue:
All articles on FT.com's Global Archive (http://www.ft.com/) will shortly be made available free of charge. If you have a credit account with the FT Global Archive, you should already have received an email notifying you of the changes and how to obtain a refund of, or donate to charity, any remaining balance in your account.
The FT has been making more and more of the collection free so this is not a complete surprise. The not so good news is that certain paid for publications will no longer be available. These are:
Most of these publications have their own Web sites but in some cases only selected articles from the current issue are available and archives may be limited or non-existent. The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph are two exceptions with archives going back to November 1994.
Statistics and Market Research (http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/stats.htm)
Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) (http://www.abc.org.uk/)
You can search by region, circulation or distribution size, and types of circulation. The Quick Search option enables you to look for a single title.
In addition to the free data there is a paid subscription service for the National Newspapers that provides circulation data in Excel format and going back to 1931.
Nielsen Netratings (http://www.nielsen-netratings.com/)
Miscellaneous Day to Day Essentials(http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/misc.htm)
Bank of England Monetary and Financial Statistics Division (http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/mfsd/index.htm)
Industry Classification Codes
UK Standard Industrial Classification (http://www.netscope.co.uk/sic1.htm)
Stock Markets and Company Financials(http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/stocks.htm)
HUGIN Online International (http://www.huginonline.com/)
Government and Politics (http://www.rba.co.uk/sources/govern.htm)
UK Online (http://www.ukonline.gov.uk/)
I would love to know why they decided to continue using the name UK Online when it had been pointed out to them that another organisation has already been using that name for several years. Towards the bottom of the page they do say that this government backed service should not be confused with Internet Service Provider UK Online. They should also have added that neither should it be confused with the UK Online User Group (UKOLUG) (http://www.ukolug.org.uk/) who will no doubt soon be receiving enquiries from some very confused people!
GrayLIT Network (http://www.osti.gov/graylit/)
The network is made up of five databases:
Gizmo of the Month
Many programs and utilities that are offered as free downloads over the Internet incorporate advertising systems such as Aureate or Cydoor. The display of these adverts help provide revenue for further development of the program.
For the model to work, the ads have to be rotated and a record kept of how many are displayed. This is done by using small programs called adbots that take up residence on your computer when the main program is installed. When you connect to the Internet the adbot downloads advertisements and stores them on your hard drive. Thus, if you use ad-supported software while you are off- line, the adbot can still update the ads. When you reconnect to the Internet, the adbot sends what is called a "backchannel report" detailing which banners were displayed.
If you prefer to have ad-free software, you can usually pay for registered, advert-free versions of the programs. Type your registration details into the appropriate boxes and the ads disappear, but the advertising software may still be at work on your system.
As well as keeping track of what advertisements you have seen, the ad software may also keep tabs on your Web browsing habits and general Internet usage. The latter activity sometimes continues when you have paid for a registered version of your program or even after you have deleted it. That is why the ad-software is often referred to as "spy- ware".
Ad-Aware is a free program that scans your system for advertising system software such as CometCursor, Aureate/Radiate, Conducent/Timesink, Gator, Web3000, Flyswat and Cydoor files and references. It then gives you the option of removing them entirely.
If you want to remove an ad supported program completely from your PC, you should first uninstall it either with the accompanying uninstaller or by using the Add/Remove option in Windows Control Panel. Once that has been done you can check that the advertising software has also been removed by running Ad-Aware.
Note: If you are using advertisement supported software such as Go!Zilla, do not use Ad-Aware to remove the ads because the program will no longer work without them. If you should find that your favourite utility no longer works after running Ad-Aware, simply reinstall it.
Ad-Aware can be downloaded from Lavasoft at http://www.lavasoft.de/
Meetings and Workshops
November 13th, How to Make More Effective Use of the Internet (http://www.rba.co.uk/training/effective.htm)
TFTTR Contact Information
Karen Blakeman, RBA Information Services
TFTTR archives: http://www.rba.co.uk/tfttr/archives/index.shtml
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