Republicans move to block net neutrality

The latest push to get the net neutrality bill passed met with resistance from Republicans and Comcast, one of the large American ISPs. Apparently they think the market regulates itself. It would, in a perfect world, but not in one where politicians working hand in hand with ISP lobbyists move to block any measures that [...]

It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

A recent Akamai survey, which I shared here and here, ranked US in the 33rd spot (globally) when it came to broadband internet connections above 2 Mbps. Sure, it moved up two spots compared to last year, but it's still lagging behind countries such as Monaco, Slovakia, South Korea, and believe it or not, Romania [...]

Google Health is a good thing

When it launched a few weeks ago, Google Health received fairly lackluster reviews. Privacy issues and lack of features were the main complaints. Well, I'm here to tell you those initial views are wrong. Even if you're a long-time reader of my site, you may not know what qualifies me to make that statement, so [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-24

Cellular Signal Amplifier http://tinyurl.com/35zrqx # UKP14,000 TH!NK city electric car ready for showrooms http://tinyurl.com/2nwd9x # Remote Microscopy - The Cellphone Microscope http://tinyurl.com/2p82fr # LG’s new Flatron LX206WU Monitor makes multi monitor displays easy http://tinyurl.com/38jsot # How does the US really rank in broadband access? http://tinyurl.com/2sgfhy # First... tentative... steps... http://tinyurl.com/37w54s # Illuminations: 1913 http://tinyurl.com/34f46f # [...]

Windows Family Safety

Windows Family Safety (WFS) is a new offering from Microsoft that aims to offer protection from questionable or indecent websites to families or individuals. I tried it out for a couple of weeks, and found it to work fairly well, except for a few hiccups here and there. It is a software-based internet filtering mechanism. [...]

Photography, take two, part two

I continued to work on replacing photos hosted with third party services. The list of modified posts is provided below. This has proven to be a huge effort. I had to locate the photos in my digital library -- not all of which is keyworded yet, though I've got location information for all my photos [...]

Photography, take two

Over this weekend and the last several days, I've gone through posts that contain photographs, and replaced all of the images with ones hosted directly at ComeAcross. In the past, I've used photos hosted with third party photo sharing services, and I realize now that's a folly. If a third party service goes down, which [...]

Hardware review: WD My Book World Edition II

After looking around for a storage solution to house my growing collection of photographs, I found the Western Digital My Book World Edition II. I've been storing my photos on single external hard drives so far, but data loss has always been a concern with that approach. All it takes is a hard drive failure, [...]

Flickr tightens up image security

Given my concern with image theft, I do not like to hear about Flickr hacks. A while back, a Flickr hack circulated around that allowed people to view an image's full size even if the photographer didn't allow it (provided the image was uploaded at high resolution.) The hack was based on Flickr's standard URL [...]