Comcast to cap online use

The cap will be set at 250gb. If you go over that, you get a courtesy call from Comcast as a first warning. The second time that you go over, your account will be immediately suspended for an entire calendar year. People that watch movies or video’s online are going to be hit hard because you can go over your daily limit in minutes.

And don’t forget that companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are offering online (cloud) storage. Some applications such as Google’s http://docs.google.com/ are online and would be completely inaccessible to small business’s or home offices.

Plus there are X-box, Playstation, Nintendo and many other consumer boxes that require the internet to access online games, calenders, address books, and even clocks.

clipped from news.cnet.com

Comcast to cap monthly consumer broadband

Comcast notes that the median usage for most residential customers falls somewhere between 2GB and 3GB, a number that is regularly broken within a matter of hours and sometimes minutes by customers taking advantage of streaming HD video and online backup services. The company breaks down basic usage numbers similar to what’s seen on the marketing materials on a consumer hard drive:

* Send 50 million e-mails (at 0.05KB/e-mail)

* Download 62,500 songs (at 4MB/song)

* Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2GB/movie)

* Upload 25,000 high-resolution digital photos (at 10MB/photo)

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The web knows way too much about us

Very compelling web site that is based in Denmark. It shows you exactly what web servers know about you, just by surfing onto a web page. It shows weakness’s and vulnerability in even the most secure web browsers. Some of this information is needed, such as; do you have Quicktime or AcitiveX installed; does your browser support cookies; what version of Google toolbar (if any and what version) is installed; plus various software and firmware updater’s.

Some information I am not so clear on. Why would an internet web site need to know; Can your C Drive be shown? Number of CD ROM drives and drive letter; Certificates installed; host name or network name.

http://gemal.dk/

Using Windows online is like surfing a virtual minefield

Windows is a Minefield on the Internet

I installed Windows onto a fresh Parallels partition. Spent five hours going to ABCNews, FoxNews, Facebook, Google, Netflix and YouTube.

I ran Norton and found 6 virus’, 512 tracking cookies and 3 attempts to access’ my computer from an unauthorized/malicious web site.

Why do Windows users put up with that?

Free public WiFi — But no porn. Is it Censorship?

This measure is supposed to stop child porn, and text or images that might be harmful to teens and adolescents. But I doubt this is the main reason that they are setting this measure. ISP’s would go bankrupt if the free public WiFi was not limited in some way.

What do you think?

clipped from blog.wired.com

FCC Free Wireless Spectrum Equals Censorship Technology Bonanza
But as with all free things, there’s a hitch. The winner of the spectrum, 25 percent of which must be available for free internet access, is required to filter out pornography and “any images or text that otherwise would be harmful to teens and adolescents.”
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People’s lives are interrupted due to Website instability

Some people have begun to depend on websites like Facebook and MySpace, or YouTube or Skype. There are a lot of people that spend more time watching video’s and listening to music in online chat and blogs. There are more and more of these service’s and more weight on the servers. What happens when YouTube stops working, or Clipmarks hasn’t updated in 4 days. Twitter has been utterly crushed because of problems with updates and losing data.
There are more and more companies that are beginning to combine services on the same server setup. So when those servers go down, ALL of the services go down.
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Hey, Is This Site Down? The Toll of the Shaky Web
Companies like Google want us to store not just e-mail online but spreadsheets, photo albums, sales data and nearly every other piece of personal and professional information. That cloud-stored data is supposed to be more accessible and reliable than information tucked away in the office computer. Or at least, that’s the idea.
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Free public WiFi — But no porn. Is it Censorship?

This measure is supposed to stop child porn, and text or images that might be harmful to teens and adolescents. But I doubt this is the main reason that they are setting this measure. ISP’s would go bankrupt if the free public WiFi was not limited in some way. 

What do you think?

clipped from blog.wired.com

FCC Free Wireless Spectrum Equals Censorship Technology Bonanza

But as with all free things, there’s a hitch. The winner of the spectrum, 25 percent of which must be available for free internet access, is required to filter out pornography and “any images or text that otherwise would be harmful to teens and adolescents.”

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Bill Gates famous quote to Focus Magazine, “The reason we come up with new versions is not to fix bugs.”

This article was written back in 1995 but has been a cornerstone of the Microsoft OS business model ever since.

Bill Gates Defined the Software Market with New, not Better.
As the founder of a marketing-driven rather than engineering-driven software company, Bill Gates recognized the shortcut of selling new over better early on. Back in 1995, Gates explained to Focus magazine why his company cared more about adding new features than refactoring code to fix bugs.

“The reason we come up with new versions is not to fix bugs,” Gates said. “It’s absolutely not. It’s the stupidest reason to buy a new version I ever heard. When we do a new version we put in lots of new things that people are asking for. And so, in no sense, is stability a reason to move to a new version. It’s never a reason.”

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