April 3, 2016

Los Angeles Public Wi-fi

There was a half-million dollar grant to provide free public Wi-fi in areas of Los Angeles. The company setting it up said "it had deployed free Wi-Fi hot spots at eight parks and 16 community Wi-Fi networks." "The [Los Angeles] Times checked seven parks and 11 network locations, finding no Wi-Fi at any of them."

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December 29, 2015

Comcast Wins

That is, it wins in the race to be the object of the greatest number of FCC complaints. Here are the numbers of complaints for the major providers from January 1 to November 9, 2015:

Comcast 11,812 complaints
AT&T 3,896
Verizon 1,588
Time Warner 1,240

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August 25, 2015

Congress, Used Car Salesman, Comcast

Maybe sometimes a cable company does something right? Maybe. Wait and see. Comcast says it will upgrade its fiber system so that residential users can get 2 Gb/sec internet service. It'll start at 1 Gb/sec, but the technology will support 10 Gb/sec download and 1 Gb/sec upload speeds.

$300/month, plus installation and activation fees of up to $1,000.

Google Fiber in Kansas City provides "only" 1 Gb/sec and charges $70/month. Installation is $300, but if you commit for a year the installation charge is waived. So, even though slower, I would still prefer Google Fiber over Comcast. And, living here in DHS, I will probably be faced with that choice in 10 or 20 years. Planning ahead.

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April 30, 2015

ACLU California Video App

The California ACLU is making available an app that allows one to upload a video of a police encounter directly to the ACLU. You can also configure it to lock your phone as soon as the video is complete, which will prevent browsing by the police, but won't stop the old fashioned smash-the-phone-on-the-pavement technique.

The app is called "Mobile Justice - California" and is available for iOS and Android.

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February 9, 2015

Cuba Gets Netflix

Yes, genuine, real streaming Netflix. Only $8/month, so the only challenge for a Cuban to overcome is finding eight U.S. dollars every month. Maybe this deal will serve mostly foreign diplomats and visitors to Cuba.

"[P]eople in Cuba with Internet connections and access to international payment methods will be able to subscribe to Netflix." Yeah. Just your average Cuban citizen.

permalink | February 9, 2015 at 05:58 PM | Comments (1)

September 29, 2014

Yahoo & AOL

An investor is encouraging Yahoo to buy AOL. This, if it takes place, would be right up there with Sears buying KMart, in terms of marketing genius.

Yahoo generally buys up successful companies and then ruins their product, so it would be interesting what Yahoo would do with AOL. Could it possibly be made worse?! If it could, Yahoo would be the company to find a way to make it happen.

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August 15, 2014

Watch Burning Man Live

Livestreaming from a camera at Burning Man will commence on Saturday, August 23 at http://www.ustream.tv/burningman

Android app.

Apple app.

The Man will burn on Saturday the 30th (15 days, 13 hours and 6 minutes from now, as I write) when it is nominally scheduled to start at 9 PM, but what actually starts at 9 PM I don't know because I don't wear a watch to the Burn. They've got to bring the flame out from near Center Camp and the firedancers have to dance, and I think all that happens after 9. They should keep the stream flowing until after the Temple burns on Sunday night the 31st. That's scheduled for 8 PM this year.

The Temple burning last year.

The beginning (13 minutes) of the burning of the Man last year is here.

Maybe the best show for streaming (I'm just guessing because I don't watch the stream) would be the burning of the Circle Of Regional Effigies. That covers more acres than any other burn and will happen on Thursday night the 28th, probably starting at 9 PM, maybe earlier.

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May 19, 2014

Typepad Outages

Yes, we've been down for what must be the fourth or fifth time in the last month or so. Typepad has been the victim of DDoS attacks. All I can do while there's an outage is follow along on Typepad's Twitter where they should tell us when things start to get back to normal.

permalink | May 19, 2014 at 07:33 PM | Comments (1)

April 1, 2014

More Wi-Fi!

The FCC has decided to open up 100 MHz of spectrum for wi-fi, a 15% increase. But the government giveth and the government taketh away. Honest, hardworking 'muricans will not be permitted to crank their new frequencies of wi-fi up to a power level so high that it interferes with satellites, which use some of those frequencies. How then, I ask you, will we be able to get wi-fi at the Starbucks on the moon, huh? Didn't think of that, did they.

Our federal government tantalizes us with stories of 1Gbps connections.

permalink | April 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

February 24, 2014

Intrepid Explorers Discover Moviefone Is Not Really Quite Extinct - Yet

I can vaguely recall trying to use Moviefone via a real telephone many, many years ago. I was very surprised to read that the telephone version of Moviefone is still going, but will soon be killed off. AOL bought the company in 1999 for $388 million and then did a Yahoo! on it: allowing it to languish so that it would become a money-losing relic. Now AOL plans to drop the phone service and revise the internet service to either transform into something wonderfully new and useful, or just throw good money after bad. Anyone taking bets?

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