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IT'S NO secret that computer systems are becoming increasingly vital for most companies to operate properly. But until recently few had put much thought into what happens if their expensive mainframe or server suddenly breaks down or is ruined by a fire or flood.

E-commerce joins the underground economy

Stephen McLaren meets the head of AL Digital, an information technology company that is taking the concept of secure servers and data protection to a new level

Malaysia losing fight against cyber protest

"THIS IS probably the first chance in the world to see the internet used as a real instigator of a protest movement," says Stan Sesser, of the University of California. He is examining the role of the internet in countries which try to control the flow of information. The anti-government protests sweeping Malaysia have provided the perfect case study.

Another holy trinity

Merge Web servers, and random-process chunk everything on a supercomput er

The Green Room: Where Every Surfer Wants To Be Fear and loathing in cyberspace

PRESIDENT CLINTON calls him "sludge" (according to Monica Lewinsky's evidence in the Starr Report). Penthouse calls him "the most dangerous man on the Internet", and US media journal Brill's Content cites him as a latter-day Tom Paine, a pioneer of the new journalism. Matt Drudge's website continues to upset the establishment, despite a pounds 30 million libel suit being brought against him by White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, accused, by the cybercolumnist, of serial wife-beating. Access the Drudge Report, and you will get the scandals other media are too lawyered-up to report.

Talk on equal terms

THE revolution in communications is a double-edged sword for small businesses, as it offers them the opportunity to compete more equally with the big boys but only if they invest, writes Roger Trapp.


This month the Liverpool Tate begins a major exhibition of the work of Salvador Dali, the artist who did more than any other to popularise Surrealism, but who also debased it through his long, overproductive dotage. The Tate show focuses on his best period, the Thirties. If you want to capture some of the spirit of inquiring irrationality which informed the original movement - all that Cabaret Voltaire tapping-into-the-subconscious business - then visit the Surrealism Server. Here, as the opening page puts it, you can "judge the basis of Surrealism not by what has been and yet remains to be written about the movement, but by what has been done and yet remains to be accomplished using the mecanismes inherent in the Vice of Surrealism".

Network: Web Design: An open and shut case for frames

Minimise the size of elements when they are not needed

Letter: Dangers on the Net

Sir: Mark Pawelek (letter, 11 September) wrongly describes me as a "censor". I am not.

The Starr Report: Internet under massive strain

KENNETH STARR'S report to Congress may have been the defining moment in the Clinton presidency, but it was also the moment when on-line news delivery came of age.

Leading Article: Stop selling off our honours

IT IS now more obvious than ever that when the Prevention of Abuses Act put an end to the scandal of Lloyd George's sale of honours, it simply drove the practice underground rather than eradicated it. Richard Branson has told The Independent that the last government hinted at an honour if he would chip in to the Conservative party's coffers. This is the kind of direct quo in return for quid which was always suspected of the Tories, but never proven. Scrutiny of the published Tory donations from companies showed a remarkable degree of correlation with the award of knighthoods and peerages to their bosses. Labour's much greater openness last weekend about its source of funds revealed a similar, if less strong, correlation.

Network: Web Design - Bringing the design community together

We've only just started to see the potential of the Web for new talent

Network: Bytes: Microsoft anti-trust case delayed

THE ANTI-TRUST case brought against Microsoft by the US Department of Justice and a coalition of American states, which was due to start on 8 September, has been postponed by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson until 23 September, after both sides asked for a two-week delay.

Money: Just browsing? On the internet it's essential

A BROWSER is the ignition key, steering wheel, and accelerator of the internet. Without one, the world wide web is useless.
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