Minitel (1979-2012): its past and our future | Files: History, Public, SFU | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2012 is the year that Europe shuts down its proto-Internets. First, the BBC announced that teletex was getting the axe and today France is shutting down the Minitel x.25 network. These technologies, both started in the late 1970s, were ahead of their times and, in many ways, may still be.

Comparing Terms of Service for DropBox, Google Drive & Microsoft SkyDrive | Files: Geek Out, Public | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A textual comparison between the Terms of Service for DropBox, the Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive, reveals that they are not materially different in the licenses granted, rights claimed or uses permitted.

TeleGeography: Publications: Global Internet Map | Files: Geek Out | Tags: , ,

TeleGeography: Publications: Global Internet Map TeleGeography‘s new Global Internet Map draws upon our annual Global Internet Geography research to provide a unique view of the international Internet networks that link the globe. The map‘s global projection traces the intercontinental links between the countries of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, […]

New Rules for | Files: Public | Tags: , ,

10 years ago I started this site to (1) learn something, and (2) secure a reliable email address. I’d already been burned by mergers, buyouts and bankruptcies, and knew better than to trust that Free™ webmail would always be there for me. The hosting package came with a webpage directory, […]

YearlyKos and A Local Election Surprise | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , ,

The election of Suja Lowenthal to the Second District City Council seat came as a shock to many of our political cognoscenti. While everyone had their favorite candidate (or three), Suja Lowenthal rarely came near the top of the list of the weird people who talk about this sort of […]

Patriot Act vs Comment Spam | Files: Geek Out, PoliTicks | Tags: , , , ,

Blogs Canada suggests an interesting way to use the Patriot Act against blog comment spam: Dear System Administrator, One of your clients is defacing my website. It appears they are using an automated instrument to place ads on my site without my permission. This is hacking and that contravenes the […]

Back In The Day: The BBS | Files: Geek Out, Humor | Tags: , , , , ,

Some people develop an emotional attachment to technology. For some guys it’s their trucks, when I was 12 it was the BBS. I was looking around for some old software from the Pre-Netscape era when I pulled up a May 2002 article titled When 300 baud was the bomb. Yeah. That’ s what […]