Useful tools (stuff I use for looking things up, etc.)
Google, of course, is the
search engine on the net, by far. (For the truly nerdy, try Googlewhacking....)
Olsen and Associates has a really useful currency
converter, great when doing your travel expenses
I also use Telstra's World
Time converter, to find out what time it is in different parts of
world (great when setting up teleconferences).
Din Side (in Norwegian) is a
page for personal financial advice: Here you can calculate the effects
of switching energy provider, mobile phone company, having another
(scary, that one), refinancing loans. Prices for everything is up
to date, the site shows smart use of Java, and illustrates the power of
free processing and free communication.
References and locators
First Monday is a
first peer-reviewed journal on the Internet. Good articles on
related to the Internet, on the Internet.
engine does both Web and Newsgroups. Frighteningly accurate, subsumes
and Inktomi are good
all. Yahoo is different because they have a hierarchy of
use it as the starting point if you want to hone in on a topic.
DejaNews lets you search
and former postings to Usenet. Reminiscent of the mythical Net Reaper,
this is a wonderful repository of information.
Wall Street Net.
M&A's, IPO's and other Street acronyms.
Internet Society "We reject
and voting. We believe in rough consensus and running code". The
standardization body is the world's best, but I wonder if they can
it as the Internet is commercialized....
electronic conference/newsgroup/magazine, moderated by Peter
G. Neumann, is the key source for information on
risks, security and privacy issues, interesting anecdotes. I have read
it faithfully (and occasionally posted something) since 1986. A must
the serious Internet researcher.
are electronic magazines of more general interest. Salon, with its chic
renegade/urban professional direction, is the one I tend to read the
The InterNIC Whois
the official site for finding other users and sites (includes email
and domain names). Useful to determine whether than great domain name
wanted already has been taken by some two-bit operation in outer
The Open Text Index
advanced search engine, which allows you to search further from sites
CIA World Factbook is useful, with lots of good statistics on
A great example of an existing institution that takes something they
have and use it for PR purposes (and let's face it, CIA, if anyone,
it) by putting it on the net. Incidentally, the CIA was one of the
organizations to make good use of Intranet technology.
Hoover's Online Home Page
of company information
Web Locator. Good for finding Federal (US) Web sites, but falling
ARCHIVES SEARCH is really InformationWEEK, or rather CMP
Lots of stories, advertiser-supported, good source of data (as long as
you don't take their InformationWEEK 500 too seriously.) Datamation
is also available on the net, check out their "classics"
page with the straight dope on REAL
PROGRAMMERS and Ted
Nelsons's prophetic article on the Web (though he called it
Speaking of straight dope, how about Cecil
Adams and his Straight Dope column.
On The Net ...You better believe it...
is a tremendous page maintained by Yogesh
Malhotra. One of my absolute favorites--lots of interesting links,
continually updated, always something new and exciting.
Excite.com lets you build
newspaper, useful in research to continually monitor what goes on out
A similar service is Crayon (CReAte
Your Own Newspaper), though I haven't tried that myself. Netscape
is building their home page to gradually become an information service.
online MIS Faculty Catalog has the names and other details of MIS
all over the world, searchable based on name, location, research
etc. Great tool.
- Business and Economy:Management Information Systems is a branch
the Yahoo tree, usefully browsed
you don't have a clue where to start--and no likely search terms.
I spend time at ISWorld
a great collaborative effort to categorize academic IS information
HBS Publishing's Cases
search site is a useful teaching resource: You can search for
and order it over the Net. And read (rather uninformative) abstracts of
for Papers for congresses and workshops
Quarterly (editors) page. A number of other journals on the net: Information
Systems Research, International
Journal of Electronic Commerce, Communications
of the ACM, and other
journals from ACM, etc.
Museum of Computing contains information on the history of
MIT Sloan School of
is the university with the most experience in using Internet wisely.
use of the Web, not too much graphics, lots of content, especially the
pages containing working papers. For a slicker look, try Harvard
Business School, which is notable for their use of the net to
the financially crucial alumni connection.
London Business School has
home page, good overviews of school, but is also an example of a page
could do with a bit less structure and "corporate" feel to it. Has
of working papers, but in the English public tradition, they charge for
American Airlines has
and communications capabilities to derive competitive advantage since
Their moving of SABRE onto the net
is just the next logical step--but may be a challenge as huge
investments no longer will frighten away the competition
Amazon.com continues to be
bookstore on the Net, but will probably move to become a book club as
goes by. Incidentally, check out Octavo,
which sells high-quality digital versions of old classics.
Premenos is the first
offer products for doing EDI over the Internet
Brooklyn Union is the
of use of object orientation for real business systems. Does not show
in the Web site, though, but, boy, what a company.
3M has 60,000 products catalogued
Marshall Industries has a
catalogue with 25,000 products--the standard in their industry. Note
link to UPS package tracking--an
of effortless electronic integration. UPS was not first offering this
Express did that, and is now offering a number of other services as
Shell Oil Company Home Page.
page was linked in by Greenpeace--and
Shell learned the perils of instant globalization.
TRW's home page is rather slow,
have a very aggressive "Intranet" strategy, with 12,000 employees using
their internal Web servers and a "free-for-all" philosophy.
Open Market is one of the
of what will be many "storefront" companies on the net.
CommerceNet is a
consortium to investigate and facilitate commerce via the NII.
Digiphone is a
to the telcos' profit margins
IndustryNet has an
for business-to-business use of the Internet, but it could do with a
MecklerWeb Home Page.
into making marketspace available.
CDnow! The Internet Music Store
has a good
search engine and something important: A rating system, increasingly
for net-sold goods.
Pizza Hut got a lot of
out of letting you order pizza online. However, they failed in that
neglected to make it a real delivery channel: For instance,
Pizza Hut outlets won't let you take orders over the net, even though
it would take would be a fax server and credit card processing at their
(Friends, contacts, and people I have never met, in random order)
is the originator of the maxim "God created the world in 7 days, but he
didn't have an installed base." He is also a shameless bowtie
is a friend and colleague with a dry sense of humor and knowledge on NT
installs, strategic impact of IT in the retail industry, and electronic
(sorry, no longer Web page) is a Norwegian friend with a US bent. For a
while, he had the shortest email address I know of: email@example.com.
does strategy consulting for McKinsey.
and Internet pricing guru, has a great home page with plenty of
including his research
papers and a special site on the Information
good friend and colleague at the Norwegian School of Management. An
on use of the Web in managing remote courses.
Peter Cochrane, former
of Research at British Telecom, is an Apple Fellow, a terrific speaker,
a time traveller, and a bonafide digeratus. And he puts all his
writing and other work on his web site. So there.
wrote an interesting article on the emergence of the electronic
where advertising, commercial transactions and post-sales support merge
into one environment.
professor at NYU Stern School,
incredibly innovative in the uses of Net technology for research and
viz. Kambil Online,
the EDGAR SEC filing site,
is a well known professor of IS management and history, my thesis
and an excellent discussion partner.
Gurbaxani is a professor at UCI with an interest in IS finance,
Erik Brynjolfsson is a
at MIT and a leading expert on the economics (and econometrics) of
technology. As far as I am concerned, he has cracked the question of
IT really is worth the money we pay for it.
Hal Berghel, columnist
of the ACM and has the best personal Web site I have seen so far.
bullet writer on object orientation and other system engineering
has an interesting Web site called the Middle
Don Norman, Apple
and author of The Psychology of Everyday Things (later
under a different title, sold in a CD-ROM
version on the Net).
technical columnist in Packet. and
author, with Gene Spafford, of Web Security and Commerce, the
Web security book with a signal to noise ratio close to 1 (except,
Cheswick & Bellowin's Firewall book).
writer and "Chaos Manor" columnist in BYTE.
Has a book on
evolutions as means of war available on site--some interesting
stories on things like GPS.
Fun and Games
News and magazines
There aren't many serious non-Internet focused magazines (real good
created solely for the net yet, with two exceptions I know of. Slate
is a good one, kind of like The New Republic, and then there is the
trendy SALON 1999.
Suck is just two guys
sites. But what reviews they are.... Great "sucking smoke" effect on
Electronic Telegraph is
successful full-fledged newspaper on the net, with 100,000+
financed by (non-intrusive) advertising. Before you can access it, they
ask you to fill in a form about yourself. They don't give this
to advertisers, but use it to be able to tell advertisers what kind of
people look at which ads.
has interviews with movers and shakers in IT and business. You need RealAudio
software to hear the interviews (they have some text versions as well).
BYTE Magazine of course, I
since 1985. Fits like a glove.
CIO Magazine, OK as long as you
take their statistics seriously.
Pathfinder is a lot of
and the content isn't half bad either. Time-Warner owns this one.
Idea Cafe is an example of
Internet magazines should not be. While nicely formatted, the
is stale and shallow. Sponsored by Price/Costco, it is ostensibly a
business magazine, but any small business owner basing his actions on
found here will find his business very small indeed.
The Economist wrote a
on the Internet as the "accidental superhighway". You will find it
along with other technology-oriented articles.
Newspage has news, and lots
O'Reilly Home Page has good
computer issues, and an interesting and well updated Web site.
Tools for WWW (various tools that have
not much updating at the moment)
Last updated October 1998. Updated whenever the owner
feels like it. No guarantees of correct links, though I run Netmechanic