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Net Cafe archives; a show about the web (1996-2002) 

Like most new communications technologies, sex drove the early days of the Internet. This program looks at the explosion of online sex sites. Featured guests include Danni Ashe, the cover girl for the online sex industry. Sites covered include nervelink.com, danni.com, one-and-only.com, salon.com, and askisadora.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #220.
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Topics: sex, porn, erotica, danni ashe, 220

A look at various web sites that focus on aliens and unidentified flying objects. Guests include Dan Plonsie, webmaster for berkeley.edu, a site that has lots of information about UFOs and spacey topics; Jerry Bjornson, head of Abductees Anonymous, an organization for people claiming to have been abducted by aliens; and “Chris” (also known as Schwa Head) who reviews several flying saucer sites including MUFON and Schwa Corporation. Shot on location at the CoffeeNet cybercafe in San…
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Topics: aliens, flying saucers, abductions

Peek-a-boo! The Net has become much more than a text-based exchange medium. People are now putting their personal lives on line, with video. Featured sites include homecams.com, braindump.com, anacam.com, crl.com, simplenet.com, concentric.net/~ballhigh/colorcam.html, chatv.com, and vip.stanford.edu. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #204.
Topics: voyeurism, web cam, anacam, 204

This is the very first episode of the Net Cafe series. It was shot on location at a cybercafe in San Francisco called CoffeeNet. It looks at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet. Guests include Dan Farmer, author of SATAN and COPS; Eliaz Levi (aka Aleph 1), webmaster of underground.org and Bugtraq; also “Omega” and “White Knight” from Cult of the Dead Cow. Originally broadcast in 1996.
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Topics: CDC, r00t, Def Con

The internet spawned a new generation of writers who wrote about the Net and on the Net. This program features several well-known cyber writers including Brendan Kehoe, author of “Zen and the Art of the Internet”. Also “St. Jude”, author of “The Cyberpunk Fake Book”, a guide to all things cyber. Another cyber writer named “R.U. Sirius”, founder of Mondo 2000, talks about cyberpunk fiction and the techno culture. Also David Pescowitz introduces his new web…
Topics: cyber fiction, cyberpunk, boing boing

The Internet is challenging television for people’s attention. But it’s also providing a new platform for the TV business. Sites covered include thirdstory.com, a fan site for Xena: Warrior Princess; ultimatetv.com; a site for sci-fi fans at slip.net/takakin0/; kpix.com; and a site exclusively devoted to Star Trek fans who are obsessed with the number “47”. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto,…
Topics: television, TV, broadcasting

Segments include: The World in the Camera – The Communist Threat Dwight Eisenhauer welcoming communist refugees The H Bomb test History of the Statue of Liberty Kitty Hawk – Wright Brothers Memorial – Footage of The Wright Brothers Teddy Roosevelt flies! Admiral Richard Byrd flies to the North Pole Charles Lindberg’s flight Allied bombing of Europe Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the XS-1
Topic: Newsreel

The early days of the web provided an outlet for people who wanted to explore ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other scary things. This program looks at several such sites. Guests include Lady Caroline (Carrie Carolin) who runs cascade.net, a portal for Gothic sites and links to sites dealing with magic, haunted houses, halloween, the paranormal and the occult. Vinnie Corella and Phil Simon show off their site, stepcross.com and the game Bad Mojo in which you go through life as a cockroach….
Topics: witch, witches, gothic, Cult of the Dead Cow, Covenant of the Goddess, Pulse Entertainment

As the web grew in popularity, individuals started creating their own personal web sites. This program looked at several examples. Featured sites include homestead.com, shadowsong.com, aimnet.com, gamefun.com, and webpagesthatsuck.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #222.
Topics: webmaster, home page, web site, 222

If you are new to the idea of chat, nervous about joining in, or trying to set up a new chat community, here are some good ways of breaking the ice. Features Tribal Voice, Extempo Systems, Infoseek, and Talk City. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #241.
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Topics: Episodes: 2000, chat, chat room, 241

In the early days of the web, there was a lot of weird stuff going on. This show looks at some of the strange subjects explored on the internet. Weird sites reviewed include Lip Balm Anonymous, UFO Insurance, The Deth Vegetable, Mr. T, The Exploding Whale, Tattoos and Piercing on the Web, Tweety Fish, Go-Force Super Hero, and Stellarc Suspension. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originaly broadcast in 1997.
Topics: UFO, strange, odd

From the joke of the day to email traffic in bawdy stories, the web has become a major platform for humor. This program looks at several early humor web sites including useless-facts.com, netfunny.com, mockingbirdmedia.com, simpleton.com, and the Berkeley Systems online game “Get The Picture”. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: jokes, humor, comedy

Computer game action is moving online. All types of games, from gory shoot-’em-ups to educational games for kids, are becoming available on the web. Online gaming offers different ways to play; against yourself, against virtual opponents, or against real people. Game sites featured in this program are everquest.com, bezerk.com, grrlgamer.com, (yes, that’s how it’s spelled), okbridge.com, and shockrave.com. Hosts are Jane Wither and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid.
Topics: games, everquest, shockrave

This week on NetCafé, we’ll show you several web information sites that are examples of how anyone can start a conspiracy theory because the Internet provides an open and free forum for these theories to proliferate.
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Topic: Episodes: 2001

Up until now the Web has been mostly used for finding information, doing research, chatting, and exchanging email. But now the Web is challenging television as a primary entertainment medium. A look at new Web sites that offer movies, videos, music, and cartoons. Originally broadcast in 2000 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: shockwave, entertainment, atomfilms

Not all web sites are geared toward rocket scientists and brain surgeons. The Internet is full of sites that are there just for fun. Originally broadcast in 1999, this show features bitmagic.com, catcam.com, sports.yahoo.com (fantasy sports leagues), pogo.com, theonion.com, flash.net, humorlinks.com, comics.com, and 8ball.federated.com. Shot on location at the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco. Copyright 1999 Stewart Cheifet Productions.
Topics: humor, fun, play

This is part one of a special two part series on Net Cafe featuring an in-depth interview with Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, author of Being Digital, and columnist for Wired magazine. Shot on location at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco as a presentation to the Association of Internet Professionals. The interviewer is Net Cafe host Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2002.
Topics: MIT, Wired, Being Digital

The internet quickly became a home for special interest groups, among them, women. This program looks at several early web sites focused on women’s issues. Sites covered include lesbian.org, fatgirl.com, fatso.com, WomensNet, diva.com, creative.net (a site for the Exotic Dancers Alliance), and bitchmag.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1996.
Topics: lesbian, exotic dancer, womens issues

A look at how war is covered on the Net. Featured sites include The War Times Journal at wtj.com; war games at activision.com; an antiwar site at ploughshares.org; real war strategy at tetrad.stanford.edu; and a community of war veterans at nichecom.com/~vfw. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest web analyst is Larry Magid. Episode #208.
Topics: war, military, veterans, 208

The early internet became an instant hit with political organizations and movements that had previously felt shut out of the mainstream press. This program looks at several examples of how the web was being used for political advocacy. Maureen Mason shows us the Institute for Global Communications web site which includes links to PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. Eric Hughes, founder of Cypherpunks, a group working to preserve privacy on the net through encryption,…
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Topics: IGC, cypherpunks, encryption, anarchists

There has always been a synergy between the web and sci-fi fans. This program looks at several science fiction web sites. Guests include Forest Ackerman, a sci-fi film maker who runs one of the world’s largest real science fiction museums at his mansion in Southern California and who offers virtual visits to his museum online. Sci-fi writer Pam Dixon guides us through great science fiction literature online. Jeff Koga is the ultimate Trekkie and he reviews several Star Trek web sites. For Star…
Topics: star wars, star trek, babylon 5, lucas arts, douglas adams

The web quickly became a popular platform for game playing and gambling. This show looks at several approaches to using the internet as gaming platform. Sites covered include gamespot.com, acrophobia, NetStorm, Activision, bezerk.com, gamers.com, pgl.net, virtualvegas.com, starluck.com, and intercasino.com. Guests include Dennis Fong (Thresh), the world’s most successful computer gamer, Rebecca Anderson, Anthony Schubert, Jonathan Knight, and Jon Swartz. Guest analyst is Larry Magid. Hosts are…
Topics: ping, gamespot, activision, acrophobia, netstorm, thresh, dennis fong, 203

Thousands of home pages celebrate people’s pets and just about every animal under the sun has at least a few Websites devoted to it. And of course a huge number of e-commerce sites now offer everything from exotic animals themselves to everything you need to keep a pet. We take a look at animals online.
Topic: Episodes: 1999

The internet is great for finding information and people, but sometimes it’s too easy to find out personal information about people. This program looks at several ways to preserve your online privacy. Featured sites include remorton.com, anonymizer.com, infonex.com, truste.org, guidedogs.org, and whoa.femail.com. Originally broadcast in 1997 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: privacy, identity, cyberspace

Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings is the featured guest on this program which looks at new web startups. Other sites covered include genetichealth.com, bigstep.com, and globalviewing.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: netflix, entrepreneur, startup

As web designers tried to make the internet look more like the “real” world, they experimented with three dimensional online environments. This program looks at several early examples. Mark Pesci explains VRML, the virtual reality modeling language. Chris Stuart demonstrates blacksun.com, a web site that uses VRML technology. Annette Louden demonstrates construct.net, an online environment for building VRML sites. Rick Denny and Skuli Mogensen of OZ, Inc. demonstrate their 3D web…
Topics: VRML, avatar, three dimensional

A program in the special series on internet startups. Featured sites include justgive.org, glossdot.com, localtome.org, and readerville.com. Hosts are Sara O’Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

Self-publishing no longer means paying thousands of dollars to a printer for a bound book. Self-publishing can be done online and accessible to the world for little or no money. We search out the best sites for aspiring authors as well as sites for finding rare books and downloading books online.
Topic: Episodes: 1999

The internet quickly became a platform for spreading jokes and humorous content of all sorts. This program from 1998 looks at some of the early humor sites on the web. Among them, suck.com, aprilfools.com, rubberchicken.com, jigsoftware.com, 40kmiracle.com, thecorporation.com, and zenda.com. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew DeVries. Episode #207.
Topics: humor, comedy, jokes, 207

Sure, the web is full of information, but it also has lots of false information. How do you tell the difference? This program looks at the problem of disinformation on the internet. Robert Schafer shows us csicop.org, a site that features the Skeptical Inquirer, an online journal which debunks phoney online stories. John Whalen demonstrates conspire.com, a site that focuses on real and surreal conspiracy theories. David Mikkelson runs urbanlegends.com, another site devoted to debunking fake…
Topics: conspiracy, urban legends, skeptics, paranormal

Did aliens land in Roswell? Were there others involved in JFK’s assassination? Are organs being taken from prisoners in China and sold to rich patients needing transplants? We’ll explore the World Wide Web to find out who thinks there are conspiracies taking place. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1999.
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Topics: Episodes: 1999, conspiracy

One of the fast growing applications on the early internet was chat. This program looks at several approaches to online chatting. Featured sites include activeworlds.com, concretecam.simplenet.com, CU-SeeMe, talkcity.com, daveyd.com, and talk.excite.com. Featured guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times and Jo Kraus, cofounder of Excite, Inc. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California….
Topics: community, chat, cyber, 212

Hollywood quickly discovered the web as a tool for promoting films. But film makers have also discovered the web as a new medium for sharing information and distributing their creative output. This program looks at several Hollywood oriented web sites incuding atasite.org, the site for the Artists Television Access organization; a site devoted to the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”; and lowres.com, a site that runs an online film festival. Ed Martinez, a Hollywood special…
Topics: hollywood, movies, films, cinema, special effects

One thing the web did was level the playing field for investors. This show looked at several online tools to help small investors. Featured sites include thestreet.com, siliconinvestor.com, justquotes.com, msmoney99.com, and etrade.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid, syndicated columnist of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #245.
Topics: investing, money, stock market, 245

A program in the special Net Cafe series on new internet startups. Sites covered include igougo.com, ants.com, bestcalls.com, and gotomypc.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evalutes the startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
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Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

The Web is a great place to further your knowledge and learn about the world around you. It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your life, the learning possibilities online are endless.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, learning, education

How much should we monitor and control children’s access to the web? Indeed, whether we should do it at all is one of the big questions that faces the Internet community. This week’s show features guests and sites devoted to and about children and how to keep the net safe for them. Guests include Larry Magid, creator of safekids.com and Rob McHugh, producer for Yahooligans. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #219.
Topics: children, kids, teens, 219

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include half.com, epinions.com, wfn.com, eboodle.com, and elance.com. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sharon Johnson, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topic: Episodes: 2000

A program in the special series on new internet startups. New sites covered include novica.com, joesparks.com, aorafting.com, and morpheus.com. The online animation series Radiskull and Devildoll is featured. Hosts include Sara O’Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Featured guest is San Francisco Chronicle technology writer Benny Evangalista. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: startup, entrepreneur, internet

There is no doubt the Internet has changed the way people get their news. While the Net is offering new ways to get local news, it is also providing important world news for those who have moved away from their home community and culture. Features Salon, Knight Ridder Online, Digital High, and IndoLink. Guests include Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor of Salon, Bob Ingle, President of Knight Ridder New Media, and Rebecca Eisenberg of the San Francisco Chronicle. Originally broadcast in 1998….
Topics: Episodes: 2000, news, cyber, 242

The web has become a major research source for space science and astronomy. This program looks at the SETI project, solar eclipses, space science education, the controversy over the Martian “face”, and the lunar prospector mission. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Special guests include Ken Bollinger of NASA and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #218.
Topics: space, nasa, astronomy, 218

Coverage of the first annual Webby Awards, recognizing the best sites on the internet. Awards were given in fifteen different categories. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown presides. Shot on location at Bimbo’s night club in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1997.
Topics: webby awards, webbys, internet

This early episode of Net Cafe looks at art and artists on the Web including collaborative art sites. Web sites covered are sito.org, art.net, artnet.com, srl.org, metroactive.com, crashsite.com, and Fractal Painter. Guests include Lynne Hershman Leeson, Annette Louden, Lile Elam, Eric Paulos, and Jeremy Sutton. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at the…
Topics: art, video, collaboration

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include jobfly.com, netledger.com, itinerary.com, and inclusion.net. Analysis from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Franscisco.
Topics: internet, startup, entrepreneur

The internet provided new ways to manage money, invest money, and lose money. This program looked at several online financial services. Featured sites include quicken.com, digicash.com, financialengines.com, wellsfargo.com, and gomez.com. Guests include Stanford Professor and Nobel Prize winner in economics, William Sharpe and L.A. Times technology writer Larry Magid. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in…
Topics: money, investing, finance, 223

The web became a home for unusual approaches to scientific research. This episode of Net Cafe looks at several examples including The Annals of Improbable Research, the IgNobel Awards, Telegarden, spiritofamerica.com, PigDog, The Twinkies Project, and the Mad Science Guy. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1996.
Topics: science, weird, research

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include fandango.com, realarcade.com, hal.com, and quickbrowse.com. Hosts are Andrew deVries, Sara O’Brien, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, internet, startup

A program in the special series on new internet startups. New sites covered include novica.com, joesparks.com, aorafting.com, and morpheus.com. The online animation series Radiskull and Devildoll is featured. Hosts include Sara O’Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Featured guest is San Francisco Chronicle technology writer Benny Evangalista. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites featured include indymedia.org, babycenter.com, listen.com, and saddletech.com. Hosts are Sara O’Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, internet, startup

As the Internet gets to be a bigger part of our lives, it’s perhaps inevitable that it has gained some of the vices of life, too. Having been a relatively benign place to meet people and hang out, the Web is now somewhere that sees its fair share of criminal behavior, and an often helpful medium for gaining knowledge on the topic.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, crime, justice

Four internet startups compete and pitch their business plans to explain why they think they will succeed. Sites covered include ephysician.com, shutterfly.com, tellme.com, and military.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates the companies. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: ephysician, tellme, shutterfly

This early Net Cafe program looks at comic book web sites. Included are Jonah Weiland’s Comic Book Links, Hellblazer, Sandman, DC Universe, Spawn, The Preacher, Swampthng, Hitman, The Tick, Loving Henry, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Guests include Alex Curyea, Kristen Brennan, Jhonen Vasquez and Shawn Sanders. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at…
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Topics: comic books, comics

The internet changed political activism by providing a new and powerful communications and organization tool. This program reviews several web sites that serve the needs of activist groups. Among those covered are the Barron Park Neighborhood Association (BPA) web site and the Palo Alto College Terrace Residents Association (CTRA) web site. Also reviewed are smartvoter.org, lwv.org, mpac.org (a site for AMILA, American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism), igc.org, the site for the…
Topics: Sierra Club, muslims, voters, activist, neighborhood association, 202

Some users see the web as a challenge and want to stretch the limits of what the internet can do. This program looks at several examples. Topics covered include the @Home network, fonecam.com, thetech.org, nasa.gov, mars.jpl.nasa.gov, sdss.org, the Hubble space telescope, and usgs.gov. Demonstrations include the wearable computer and online research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and floods. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is writer Larry…
Topics: @home, tech museum, fonecam, nasa, mars, geological survey

Four new web sites pitch their business plans to convince our panel that they will succeed. Sites reviewed include liquidprice.com, myonlycatalog.com, explorelearning.com, and ahealthyme.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux helps evaluate the companies. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: health, entrepreneur, startup

A look at how web sites deal with the subject of death. Sites featured include an information site on cemeteries, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Garcia, a virtual 3D graveyard, the pop culture death pool, and a virtual pet cemetery. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #206.
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Topics: Episodes: 1998, 206

Whether you wish to track your ancestors or attempt to locate your bith parents, there are hundreds of free resources online to help.
Topics: Episodes: 2000, finding, people

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Sites covered include netflix.com, bigstep.com, genetichealth.com, and globalviewing.com. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Includes analysis by venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

One of the early uses of the Internet was to form virtual communities of people with common interests. This program looks at several early communities including The Mining Company (now about.com), HipBONE, PlanetOut, Yahoo Clubs, and GeoCities. Guests include Scott Kurnit, founder of The Mining Company, David Bohnett, founder of GeoCities, and Megan Smith, President & CEO of PlanetOut. Originally broadcast in 1998. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California….
Topics: geocities, about, mining company, 244

Google co-founder Sergei Brin and former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Steve Young are featured guests in this episode. Brin talks about the “new” search engine called Google and how it works; Steve Young talks about his life after football which includes being Chairman of the Board of an internet startup called found.com. Also featured is Douglas Boxer, son of California Senator Barbara Boxer. He started a new web site called voter.com. Other sites reviewed include ideadollar.com…
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Topics: google, steve young, sergei brin

Getting therapy online may not be the best way to deal with personal issues, but the internet is providing new tools for self fulfilment. Featured sites on this program include wespsych.com, sonoma-aids.org, thetherapist.com, processes.org, and support-group.com. Also a look at Internet addiction. Featured guests are psychologist Dr. Nancy Wesson and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith…
Topics: therapy, advice, counseling, 209

An early episode of the Net Cafe series dealing with online games and sites about gaming. Includes Quake, Full Throttle, TEN (the Total Entertainment Network), Meridian 59, and MUD sources (Multi User Dimension). Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes a CyberBlast segment, an early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998.
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Topics: games, MUD, TEN

At the height of the dot com boom, web creators were recognized at an annual gala event called the Webby Awards. This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Awards were given for best web site in twenty-two different categories. Emcees at the event were Marina Berlin and comedian Mark Marin. This program shows highlights from the first half of the awards ceremony. Anchoring the coverage from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew…
Topics: webbys, awards, internet

Four entrepreneurs pitch their business plans for new internet sites. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evaluates their chances for success. Sites reviewed are ehealthinsurance.com, quova.com, opencola.com, and legalzoom.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: law, health, legal

Five internet startups make their pitch on why they think they will be a profitable web business. Sites reviewed include keen.com, webswap.com, getfit.com, bestoffer.com, and zing.com. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sara O’Brien, Sharon Johnson, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Topics: startup, entrepreneur, internet

A review of online resources for small business owners. Featured sites include score.org, cheesemans.com, linkexchange.com, ivillage.com, and ideacafe.com. Guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Topics: small business, SOHO, home business

The major sports news and information sites are still very popular, with up to 5,000 sites devoted to the most popular sports. But now even obscure sports like Gaelic Football, HackySack, and Paddleball have multiple sites. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #243.
Topics: Episodes: 1999, sports, cyber, 243

The internet has become home to many new age organizations and movements. This program looks at several examples including astrology.net, itsyoga.com, the Berkeley Psychic Institute, the Covenant of the Goddess, reclaiming.org, and SETI@home. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Topics: witches, astrology, yoga, covenant, psychic, SETI

In the nineties, it was hard to imagine that the Internet would become a place where people listened to information and entertainment. This program looks at the early stages of Internet radio including audionet.com, the precursor to Marc Cuban’s broadcast.com. Other sites featured include imusic.com, radionet.com, emblaze.com, and nineup.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1997 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California.
Topics: music, radio, broadcast

Young entrepreneurs compete to get financing for their new internet business ideas. Featured sites include customatix.com, mondomedia.com, uplister.com, and how2tv.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux helps pick the winners. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 2000.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle is featured in this program on new internet startups. Sites covered include fabric8.com, teoma.com (now AskJeeves), ehobbies.com, and archive.org. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
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Topics: internet, startup, entrepreneur

In this ‘Classic Café’ episode we go back in time to take a look at various websites that were just beginning to be valuable resources for people doing home improvement work.
Topic: Episodes: 2002

Some web sites are for fun, but many sites are just darn useful. This show looked at several practical web sites including when.com, learn2.com, instant-delivery.com, edmunds.com, and alexa.com. Featured guests include Brewster Kahle, co-founder of Alexa and founder of the Internet Archive. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: useful, alexa, edmunds

In the late nineties the world began catching up with the U.S. in internet access and involvement in the web. This show looked at the international aspects of the net. Featured sites include irishabroad.com, tonic.to, globetv.com, babelfish.altavista.com, and apc.org. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid. Originally broadcast from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California in 1998. Episode #246.
Topics: foreign, global, international, 246

A program in the special series on new internet startups. Featured sites include buzzhits.com, popularpower.com, ebrary.com, and achieva.com. Includes analysis from venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Topics: entrepreneur, startup, internet

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