Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Waterproof and Eco-Friendly Concrete?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I have to say, this sounds like quite the little product, and a great example of green tech being better than its substitute.  Hycrete has found a way to make waterproof concrete, which will greatly its versatility and longevity as a building material, improving how and where it can be used.  What’s more:

Hycrete allows contractors to not use plastic membranes, which in turn lets the builders earn points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The more LEED points you get, the greener your building is.

Green tech is better tech.

Comcast Caught Hanging Up on P2P Networks

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

I’ve never been more thrilled to not be a Comcast internet customer than right now.  For all that money that their customers pay for their broadband, you would hope they were at least getting that broadband without Comcast sneakily filtering any of it.  Well, put that pipe dream out of your mind, because the Associated Press did some testing and found that Comcast has been screwing around with peer-to-peer downloads on their network (also here, with more technical depth).

The tests involved transferring a copy of the King James Bible through the BitTorrent network on Time Warner Cable, Cablevison, AT&T and two Comcast connections (in Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco). Only the Comcast-connected computers were affected.

This is significant. The Gutenberg version of the King James Bible is only 4.24MB, which is relatively tiny and indicates that Comcast was singling out even small files.

This is yet another battle in the fight over network neutrality.

If That’s Movin’ Up Then I’m Opting Out

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

With all the sales of customer information back and forth between businesses, chances are great that you’re life is awash with unwanted offers for all sorts of things you have no interest in.  Not to mention calls from those reviled telemarketers.  Well, World Privacy Forum has assembled a nice list of opt outs that might help bring back the missing peace and relative calm in your life.

“As privacy experts, we are frequently asked about “opting out,” and which opt outs we think are the most important. This list is a distillation of ideas for opting out that the World Privacy Forum has developed over the years from responding to those questions. The list below does not contain all opt outs that are available. Rather, it contains the opt outs that we believe are the most important and will be the most useful to the most consumers.”

I’ll be going through each one of these, step by step.  I’m personally sick of offers for credit cards, insurance, and home equity loans (which are all the more humorous considering I’m a renter).

Boastful claims and overstatements

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The Department of Justice is crowing about how much their antitrust settlement with Microsoft has benefitted consumers. Now, why do I have a hard time swallowing that?

Among the DOJ’s evidence that the settlement is working: Increased competition to Internet Explorer from other browsers such as Firefox and Opera; the popularity of Apple’s iTunes, QuickTime, and Adobe’s Flash for handling multimedia content; the increasing use of web-based services for email and other applications; and the decisions by hardware vendors such as Dell to offer Linux preloaded on their computers.

All that “claims” relating to Web 2.0 apps, Flash’s media support, and iTunes are laughable at best. The market shifted, some very smart people made some really good software, and some even better decisions on how to get it into people’s hands. The DOJ is trying to ride on the coattails of all that, and it’s disgraceful. That neutered settlement may have had some effects, but it’s just plain dishonest, what they’re saying.

A couple of Yahoos, kicking it for 10 years

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

One of the true internet bellwethers is turning over the counter tomorrow. Yup, Yahoo is turning 10. I believe that’s the bowling party and ice cream cake anniversary. But this little infobit also brought to my attention that it was very close to Yahoo’s launch that I was first introduced to the internet.

That’s a pretty big deal, the way I see it. To say that the net has changed my life is an understatement and a half. I’ve found lost friends with this. My apartment. My scene. Hell, my livelyhood is directly dependant on the internet. It’s been berry, berry good to me, you see.

I can still remember the first time I got to see the net. I was in my mechanical drawing class back in high school. The man in charge of the class was also the one in charge of the school’s new technology initiative and the new school-wide computer network. Someone from Cybercomm was giving him a tour of their services and I was looking in every chance I could.

Chat rooms, newsgroups, gopher space, email…it was mind boggling all the things I saw. And then they opened up Navigator 0.9 and I saw the web for the first time. It was all over at that moment. Within a week I had gone out and gotten the biggest, most encompassing book on the net I could find and then read it from cover to cover. I asked for a computer as the only graduation gift from both my mom and my dad, which I got in advance of the mortarboard and tassel trip. I set up my own account over at Cybercomm and shortly thereafter began my online life, racing along at 14.4 kbps.

To think how far it’s all come in a decade. Simply amazing, isn’t it? So what was your first net experience like?

Extra: Wired has a good write-up on Yahoo! in the shadow of Google and lays out what the future paths for the companies might be.