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Picking The 12 Most Important Web Programs

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Picking The 12 Most Important Web Programs
2. Today's Top Stories
- The Greatest Web Software Ever Written
- Windows Vista Tip: Excluding Directories From Vista's Built-In
- Online Influencers: How The New Opinion Leaders Drive Buzz On
The Web
- Review: AppleTV, A Work In Progress
3. Best Of This Past Week
- Ubuntu Linux Vs. Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop
- Are You Making Enough?
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"Myths which are believed in tend to become true." -- George Orwell

1. Editor's Note: Picking The 12 Most Important Web Programs

What are the examples of the best software on the Web -- the
software that's made the modern-day Internet what it is today?

It's not an easy question, mainly because the modern Internet,
which started with the launch of the Mosaic browser on the World
Wide Web in 1993, is a relative toddler. Looking at all the
youthful endeavors on the Web and deciding which are the best is
a little like scanning a class of unruly kids and deciding which
ones will become great poets, engineers, and musicians.

Simplicity is the hallmark of great Web software. At the same
time, great Web programs aren't only about capturing traffic. A
defining characteristic has to be the ability to bring innovation
or a new service to millions of users.

A further wrinkle is the realization that the Web rewards simple
concepts wrapped up in complex software programs.

After much thought, and surfing, I winnowed my list down to what
I feel are the 12 most significant pieces of Web software
developed to date.

Whether or not you agree with all my choices, I hope you'll
understand my reasons. But I'd like to hear from the
InformationWeek community, and discuss what other programs might
have merited attention. Write to me at Charles Babcock, or join
the discussion on my blog.

Charles Babcock

2. Today's Top Stories: What's The Greatest Web Software Ever Written?

What are the 12 most important programs we've seen since the
modern Internet began with the launch of the Mosaic browser in
1993? Check out our list, and see if you agree.

Windows Vista Tip: Excluding Directories From Vista's Built-In Backup
Vista' built-in backup utility can be very useful, but it's got
some serious limitations. Here's how to get around one of the
most annoying.

Online Influencers: How The New Opinion Leaders Drive Buzz On The Web
Bloggers, discussion-board denizens, and social networkers are
courted by marketers, who believe they build buzz that can make
or break new products and Web sites. But there's growing
controversy surrounding such efforts, and debate over just how
much sway these opinion leaders really have.

Review: AppleTV -- A Work In Progress
Apple's much-touted AppleTV media device is now on the shelves.
Is it really the Next Big Thing -- or not quite ready for prime time?

3. Best Of This Past Week

Ubuntu Linux Vs. Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop
Is Linux finally ready to take on Windows as a desktop OS? We
tried out both Vista and Ubuntu on individual PCs to see which
works better. Here's who won.

Are You Making Enough?
Check out our 2007 Salary Survey to see how other IT pros are
being compensated. Here's one factoid: The average tech manager
makes $105,000.

Top 5 Windows Vista Tips To Personalize Your PC
Our list of hot features to add to your Vista installation
includes video wallpaper, making Flip 3-D work more like the
Mac's, tuning Firefox's user interface, managing security, and
where to get hold of nifty Sidebar Gadgets.

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