At the crossroads of journalism and technology.

About J.Net

Our Mission

Over the last decade, the Internet has profoundly affected our society's model of information dissemination. We aim to understand the impact of this paradigm shift on journalism and to use this understanding to predict directions journalism will follow.

Toolbox Update: December 3, 1996

We had been using AOLServer but it turned out to be too flaky and screwed up one of our class presentations. Thus, we've switched to the eminently stable Apache, a fine piece of free software.

New Toys: October 31, 1996

Brian picked up a scanner and Corel DRAW! 6. The latter you can actually get for only $108 at The Scholar's Workstation. This is a great deal since you get a draw program, a paint program, a presentation program, a few other applications, a bunch of clip art, and a bunch of decent fonts. Corel DRAW! is not Photoshop or Illustrator but unless you're a pro it suffices for a number of graphic tasks on the PC.

Seung-Hoon bought a digital camera to take pictures of his spanking new baby boy! Oh yeah the camera also works on J.Neters as illustrated by our staff photos below. We used xv, a UNIX based image program, to orient them correctly.

Jean showed us all how to do NEXIS searches. Apparently, you can walk into Doe library and use it willy nilly for free! Jean also suggested that we break the dominant paradigm and explore new notions of identity in our staff photos.

Meet the J.Net Staff

Jean Wang.  

Jean is currently a senior in Mass Communications, who took this course even though her advisor warned her that graduate students can be intimidating. Although she strongly believes that we, as sentient beings, have a responsibility to think for ourselves, her scant previous work experience has been in public relations - not exactly devoted toward the promotion of individual thinking. How she resolves this paradox remains to be seen. Jean is especially intersted in the social impact of the Internet and in exploring whether the Internet is truly democratizing or an exclusive clubhouse for the educated elite. Finally, Jean does not think talking about herself in the third person is at all a sign of insanity.

Amin Vahdat

Amin Vahdat is a graduate student in the Computer Science department at the University of California at Berkeley. He has set a May, 1998 deadline for his graduation date. He is currently working on ways of extending the Web to support a new class of distributed applications. In the past, Amin has interned at Xerox PARC working on novel multimedia applications. In his spare time, Amin enjoys weightlifting, horseback riding, traveling, and playing basketball. His interest in Journalism stems from a longtime conflict between his desire to learn and understand and his inability to muster the effort required to perform these tasks to his satisfaction.

Seung-Hoon Lee

I have worked for three companies in planning positions, especially  in new business creation and investment project during last 6 years. My focus industry was telecommunication and broadcasting. I have  an economics and sociology major and a strong business analysis background which is needed for a consultant. My interest in journalism is how the Internet works as a new medium of broadcasting and especially for news. My company is considering entering the broadcasting industry,  which is why I am interested in this area. I have no specialty in journalism except my kid dream was to be an editor. I want to focus on the viability of on-line news or journal or magazine from a business standpoint.

Tom Houghton

I'm currently a student at the London Business School studying for the MBA and have come to the Haas School on exchange for the fall semester. My first degree was in Electrical Engineering which I studied at Imperial College, also in London.

Since obtaining my first degree I worked for an Anglo French company as a Project Manager, first in Eastern France and then in the UK. The company was responsible for building turnkey power plants world wide. During this summer, between the first and second years of the MBA, I worked for Salomon Brothers International in London in their Investment Banking division.

I hope to work in a media related firm on graduation before starting up my own business (I'm tired of big corporations!).

My interests are in theatre where I have acted, directed and done backstage work and cinema (which I like to watch). I enjoy hiking and sailing and recently got my PADI scuba diving certificate which is my current craze.

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau is a computer science graduate student, just beginning his fourth year of study. His research spans areas of both computer architecture and operating systems, with a focus on distributed systems and performance evaluation.

On a more personal note, Remzi recently joined the ranks of thebetrothed, marrying his graduate-school sweetheart, Andrea Dusseau. He enjoys an occasional trip to the symphony, reading (mostly fiction), renting (not buying) movies, travelling, and napping (as much as possible). He came to Berkeley in 1993 after spending his first 20+ years in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the past 3 years, he has managed to completely forget the bitter-cold wind of winter.

Remzi's interest in internet journalism began when he realized coverage of most sporting events is more complete on the web than in the daily paper he receives.

Brian Dennis

I'm a tenured graduate student in the University of California Berkeley's Computer Science Division. I've been here since 1989 contemplating how to put to practical use the neat ideas that ivory tower programming language researchers come up with. Right now I'm focused on adding constructs to hypermedia scripting languages to reduce authoring time. If all goes well, they'll hand me a piece of sheepskin in May of 1997 and I'll get to tack three more letters onto the end of my name.

Before I came to the left coast, I was an undergraduate at M.I.T. where I actually enjoyed myself and managed to come out reasonably normal. There have been two principal places I've worked for. First, as a GSR at UC Berkeley's Ensemble Project and second in a number of places within I.B.M. which has consistenly sponsered me over the years. Currently, I'm an I.B.M Fellow, and spent this past summer working at the T.J. Watson Research labs.

In my copious spare time I principally try to DJ and play Ultimate.

The J.Net Toolbox

J.Net is brought to you courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley. Our HTTP server is AOLServer (nee GNNServer, nee NaviServer) 2.1 beta, running on a Sun Sparcstation 20 under Solaris 2.4.

Our HTML is edited using a number of tools including: XEmacs, and GNNPress (nee NaviPress). Remzi hacked the logo using xpaint.

Back Issues

v1.0. Our mission statement, Why I hate Wired, e.Mediate, reading list first cut.

v1.1. Lossy Compression, Dark Alliance, Why Hotwired is Cool, MSNB What's the Point?, e-zine survey, Z.Web, lotsa links

v1.2. Final thoughts, Final Projects, Digital Dark Ages.


J.Net is a focus group project in Howard Besser's fall, Infosys 296A class. Departments contributing to this Web e-zine include:

The UC Berkeley Computer Science Division  

The UC Berkeley Computer Science Division

The Haas School of Business

The Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

School of Information Management and Systems

The School of Information Management and Systems.