Have you heard it in the news lately? A court has recently turned the FCC rules for net neutrality on their head. Why should you care? After all will it even impact your life at all if you are not some giant media company anyway? Yes, it could very well. First, though, to understand how it may impact you, an idea of what it is all about. Currently, the internet is neutral to the size and hence ability to pay. The delivery circuits, or “pipes” if you will. They let all information flow at an equal ability.
Those who know and read know that it is an inside joke with some folks I know from McAfee that you just do not offer poor customer service to someone from the little spot in the road I did most of my growing up called McAfee or they will just take their business elsewhere. I am left in a icky place after my dealings with Insight, over the last week but especially yesterday. But to really get the full picture I have to make up to Friday a week ago, on the 3rd of February…
It is almost believable to be that some one is actually suggesting this kind of thinly veiled move toward censorship, but that is exactly what Evgeny Morozov is proposing. Morozov is a writer of a book and researcher that focuses on how the use of technology tends to affect the social aspects of society at large, so his opinion piece recently suggesting such a move of labeling websites that may be based more on pseudo science as such has gotten a lot of attention. Now to be sure, after reading his opinion and listening to parts of his recent interview Q, his actual idea is to label the sites actually based on science or even move them up in the page rankings.
While pausing for a bit of a break from working on theme for a blog, I thought I would give some insight as to why I am currently being unfaithful to my favorite tried and true browser, Mozilla Firefox. I am sure that comes as a little bit of a shock to some of the folks that read me regularly, as historically I have been such a huge fan. I even own the bag with the Firefox logo on for my laptop transportation needs (note, it was a gift, but I have carried proudly most of the time all the same). So what exactly is going on that is leading to astray, to actually click and surf with other browsers tha
I hate to say this about Lunar Pages, who are my current hosting provider and have been the last three and half years, but they have really went down hill the last year or so. The bottom line is the support over the last year so has really just went downhill to the point of almost not existing. Example of my most recent grief will follow, but the bottom line is this: As soon the remainder of my two year contract expires I will be switching my provider.
You may recall that just a couple of weeks ago I mentioned the planned purchase of Skype by Microsoft for a huge monetary deal. You also know that, while I hold no particular favor for Microsoft that I also hold no particular unmerited grudge against them either and fully recognize what the computing world landscape would like today without their efforts back in 80′s and early 90′s. It, however, very unfortunate that with in two weeks of the announcement that Skype had major problems leaving many users wondering what was up and how things are going to shake out moving forward.