Friday, May 26, 2006

First, a Few Items of Business...

We're going to Amsterdam tomorrow for five days. Whooohooo. Last year, Peter spent his 30th birthday by himself, packing up our life in Wheaton. This year, we're making it up to him.

So, this spot will be quiet, but not to worry, I'm leaving a couple of posts to hold you over. Plus, when I return, there will be the obligatory trip report on Travels with Grandma.

If you haven't already got involved, you might want to help save the Internet. (Which reminds me of Back to the Future ("Save the clock tower!") The basic story is that the telco lobby in the States has managed to convince legislators that they are unfairly bearing the costs of supporting Internet infrastructure and it's time the Microsofts, Googles, Amazons, and other deep-pocketed Internet profiteers chipped in. Their solution is to create a two-tiered Internet – thems that pay get to speed along in the fast lane and thems that don't, well, don't.

My completely biased take on it is that it would allow broadband providers and telcos hold companies to ransom in order to raise funds. It's a weasely stealth tax that completely undermines what the Internet is all about. Daily Tech has been covering the story, if you want the complete backstory.

"See" you again in June.

3 Comments:

At 27 May 2006 at 19:50, Blogger Terri said...

Sounds like the building blocks of a great new Michael Crichton novel...

 
At 3 June 2006 at 18:16, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I don't think that it is going to happen- there is a lot of opposition here.

 
At 6 June 2006 at 16:07, Blogger Fence said...

Have a good time. Or, hope you had a good time, depending on when you read this :)

 

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