Published: Wednesday 31 December 1997

Leaving a legacy
You may have decided that after your death who would be the owner of your money and goods. However, you might never have thought who would look after your Web site once you die. Some companies that offer Internet connections provide space to Web pages for their subscribers. As long as the subscriber pays the fee, he gets the pages available. However, the companies relocate the address of the site after 12 months of non-payment of subscription fees. In such cases, domain names are snapped up the moment subscription fee is not paid.

Afterlife -- a voluntary organisation set-up to look after Web sites once their subscribers have passed away -- would help such subscribers in taking care of their Web pages. David Blatner who has set-up the organisation, says that a person's Web site is a reflection of who they are and what they want to share with the world. For this service, the organisation will charge a nominal amount. It will also ensure that the pages can be read by any new Web technology that comes along. An Internet connection company has already allotted a server space to the organisation.

Pollution monitor
You may feel proud that by surfing the Web throughout the day, you are helping the environment. For instance, you do not drive car during this period. In this process, however, you overlook the other factors such as power consumption while operating the computer that also add to environmental degradation. If you like to know how much pollution you are causing, the Web can help. The British government-funded Going For Green organisation has developed the EcoCal software that calculates the impact on the environment. The software cannot be downloaded from the Web site, but one can place the order by dialling on 0345 002100. He will be required to fill in information about household energy bills, shopping and other activities.

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