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Neutrality Rulz!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/26/15 (1:27pm)

Happy days are here again! At least for a while.

When people first started hooking up to the Internet, it was a two step -- or two layer -- process: You had your phone line which was owned by the local Bell carrier, and then you had an internet service provider or 'ISP' -- of which there were many.

Then the phone companies developed a slightly faster system (DSL) which, surprise, surprise, the ISPs had no access to. Within a short time, the ISPs simply disappeared. The phone companies, ATT & Verizon, after being broken up for a couple of years, zoomed back to national dominance -- this despite the fact that since DSL, they really haven't done much innovation.

And that precisely is the point where the Internet started to resemble a traditional communication network -- with mediocre service and a handful of players. All I can say is, 'bout time!

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Library DrupalCamp at ALA in DC?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/6/10 (10:59am)

drupalicon4lib.pngThere's an interesting (albeit preliminary) discussion about organizing a 'Library DrupalCamp' for ALA in DC this summer on the Drupal Group for Libraries.

If that piques your interest, have a gander at:

http://groups.drupal.org/node/32822

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Obama a Lefty ?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/22/09 (11:27am)
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Am I the last person on earth to realize that Obama writes with his left hand? You know us 'lefties' feel a kinship for one another. Notice he's wearing his watch on his left hand as well. A true lefty might wear it on his right -- to afford mobility to the dominant hand.

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Trip to DC for the Inauguration

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/22/09 (4:51pm)
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I took the train down to DC for the Inauguration. It looked like the entire progressive half of the country was on its way to the nation's Capital.

In the train car on one side, a man was reading "The Return of Depression Economics" by Paul Krugman. On the other side, a woman was reading "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein. Obama regalia -- hats, pins, teeshirts -- were everywhere. As we reached our final destination, one woman suddenly broke into 'This Land is Your Land'.

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ALA in DC (6/23-6/27)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/22/07 (2:25pm)

I'm stuck in Chicago with the ALA-DC Blues again.

ALA along with the annual LITA Conference is one of my favorite conferences -- particularly when it's in a town like DC.

Unfortunately I'm too mired down with projects here in the Windy City to make the trip.

I look on with complete envy to everyone who's going.

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Bill in U.S. Congress on Fair Use Called "Watered-Down"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/28/07 (9:45am)

Ken Fisher of Ars Technica isn't impressed by a Bill on Fair Use that was recently introduced by Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA).

Calling it "watered down", Fisher comments:

Yet again, the bill does not appear to deliver on what most observers want: clear protection for making personal use copies of encrypted materials. There is no allowance for consumers to make backups of DVDs, to strip encryption from music purchased online so that it can be played anywhere, or to generally do any of the things that the DMCA made illegal in one fell swoop."

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US GAO Report: No Competition in ISPs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/1/06 (11:51am)

GAO SealCompetition in the area of Internet Service Providers? Fugeddaboutit!

That's basically the conclusion of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its new report entitled, "FCC Needs to Improve Its Ability to Monitor and Determine the Extent of Competition in Dedicated Access Services".

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