Monthly Archives: May 2006

Save The Internet

Save the Internet is a nationwide coalition of Internet users united together in the belief that the Net’s phenomenal growth over the past decade stems from the ability of entrepreneurs to expand consumer choices and opportunities without worrying about bribing AT&T to carry their traffic. We believe consumers across America see the results of this “hands off” approach – through such benefits as expanded distance education opportunities, improved access and speed to almost any information, on-line commerce, and an easier and inexpensive way to communicate with family and colleagues.

“Hands Off the Internet” is a coalition of telecom companies who somehow don’t get that Yahoo, Google, etc., have already paid for their bandwidth and shouldn’t have to pay for it again. They think that content providers should have to pay more than content consumers and don’t realize that the value of the service that they provide is in connecting the two ends, not one end to the middle. They think that Google and Yahoo are getting a free ride, even though they already pay substantial bandwidth fees. They’re greedy bastards, and if it takes legislation to stop them, so be it.

From the archives: Spam from Jesus

I may have mentioned this before, but I am somewhat of a digital pack-rat. This holds true for old data just as much as it does for old equipment. So when I was going through a bunch of files on the web server in preparation for a server project over on Minimum Linux, I was pleasantly suprised to discover that I still have all my old blog posts from when I started with Blogger, through my transition to WordPress, and back to Blogger again. So I thought I’d repost some of the gems, such as the following (from November 1, 2004):

Take a look at this spam that I received today. Apparently, Jesus thinks that I need Norton Internet Security 2004. It also appears that Jesus prefers Yahoo! mail over Hotmail. Maybe someone should send Jesus a Gmail invite? But, being the Son of God, shouldn’t he already have one?

Links

Over at ProBlogger.net, Darren Rowse has a post titled Link Lust which asks “Which 3 Blogs or Websites would you most love a link from?” [Update 05/11/2006]Credit should be given to the Link Leak Virus and to BlogTipping for the wonderful idea!

My answer, which you can also read in his comments, are as follows:

My top three picks aren’t so much for the traffic they’d generate, but because I really admire the people who run them:

ASCII by Jason Scott – Jason directed The BBS Documentary and runs Textfiles.com and a ton of other related sites. If I could relive one period of history, it would be the BBS era. Jason’s sites (and excellent documentary) help me do that.

A Day in the Life of an Information Security Investigator – This is a field that I am extremely interested in, and Security Monkey does an *excellent* job of entertaining as well as educating.

Wil Wheaton dot Net – Wil seems like such an average Joe for an actor who “used to be famous.”

So what would your three be?

FireHatch.com

I’ve been posting so much on politics here lately, that I’m considering creating a seperate blog for those posts! Actually, I’ve got a WordPress.com blog that isn’t really being used, plus my personal space over at Green Apple, so I’d probably use one of those before launching something new.

At any rate, here’s another political post.

FireHatch.com is a site dedicated to the goal of unseating incument Orrin Hatch in November elections. From the site:

Hatch is as bad as it gets when it comes to shafting the public on copyright and technology policy. This is the guy who wants Hollywood’s hackers to blow up computers that are used for unauthorized downloading. He championed a policy that authorizes jail time for sharing a single song on the Internet. Hatch also wrote 2004’s ill-fated INDUCE Act. All of this support for Hollywood cartels might seem strange coming from a Utah Senator, but then you notice that entertainment companies have given Hatch hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Found via Boing Boing.

My new blog

OK. The time has come for me to announce the launch of my new blog, Minimum Linux – The Power of Skinny. The blog is part of the just-launched Linux World Net blog network. I’m very excited about the new blog and hope everyone else is too!

“Minimum Linux” is a play on the magazine title “Maximum Linux,” while the term “The Power of Skinny” refers to the power of Linux on older machines with limited resources. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for that subtitle. The person who runs the network, Jon, threw it out while we were working on the details of the blog, and we both decided to run with it.

The new blog brings me into the ranks as a pro blogger. Here’s hoping that today’s launch is a huge success! 😉

You may also notice the redesign here as well. I got bored with “Minima Black” and found a theme out there called “Folio” that I liked just a little better. Any thoughts?

RIAA Petition

From the EFF:

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is on a rampage, launching legal attacks against average Americans from coast to coast. After over 18,000 lawsuits and counting against P2P users, file sharing has continued to increase rapidly. Meanwhile, music fans, like 12 year-old Brittany LaHara, college student Cassi Hunt, and parent of five Cecilia Gonzalez, are being forced to pay thousands of dollars they do not have to settle RIAA-member lawsuits, and many other innocent individuals are being caught in the crossfire.

This irrational crusade is not generating a single penny for the artists that the RIAA claims to protect. The RIAA should be working to create a rational, legal means by which its customers can take advantage of file sharing technology and pay a fair price for the music they love. With artists increasingly turning against the lawsuits, momentum may be shifting in favor of a better way forward.

Copyright law shouldn’t make criminals out of more than 60 million Americans — tell Congress that it’s time to stop the madness!

I just signed. Isn’t it time that you signed, too?

New blog

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I will be starting a new blog very soon. I will post more details once the blog is launched 🙂

Save the Internet : Commerce Committee Map

If you are unsure of where your representative stands, Save the Internet.com has a wonderful map that can help you find out.
I urge everyone to sign petitions. Call your Senators and Representatives. Write them letters. Send them email. Blog about it. Send a letter to the editor at your local paper. Do anything and everything to make your voice heard!

Update: This map doesn’t show where everyone stands. I decided to contact Congressman Hobson (7th District, Ohio) to find out where he stands. My message was simple: “I wish to find out where you stand on the Markey amendment to the COPE Act and to urge you to please keep the Internet free and open by voting for enforceable network neutrality requirements in the future. Thank you.”