Always fun when the Internet implodes.

As in, my personal Internet.  It just… failed.  And then came back, and failed, and came back, and then said all my security certificates were expired, and then took me to my provider and had me set up a new wireless network*, and then failed again.  And so I finally call in to my ISP to get help… and it resolves itself the second he starts chat**.

So that was a fun couple of hours! Continue reading Always fun when the Internet implodes.

…And they laughed at my never throwing out computer equipment. LAUGHED!

WELL! I just used my Chromebook to download the drivers to a wifi dongle that works on Windows 10 to access the hotspot that will allow me internet access! And now I can use that access to get the drivers to the other wifi dongle to use that one instead and un-cannibalize the craft room computer! SO WHO IS LAUGHING NOW?!?

…sorry if that came across as manic. But if you can read this, then I have wifi hotspot access, so maybe I am being a little manic. It’s all good.

OK, I admit it: I expected worse of this Computerworld article on Google and Cuba.

Said Computerworld article argues that Google is not going to be able to wire up Cuba for the Internet. When I saw that, I started to huff and mutter Well, of course not it’s not going to work right. Cuba is a totalitarian Communist dictatorship.  I wonder what excuse the author will use to avoid writing that.  And then, sure enough: the author gave his ‘explanation’…

The problem is that Cuba is a totalitarian Communist dictatorship.

…Oh.  Well, don’t I look foolish, now. I’m sorry for assuming the worst.

 

The future of journalism? Probably neo-feudalism.

Megan McArdle’s right to be worried:

…advertising dollars are shrinking. We just can’t charge as much for Web advertising as we used to for print advertising. A decade ago, when I entered professional journalism and began earnestly discussing its financial future, there was a reasonable case that, eventually, digital advertising would be worth more than print advertising — you could precisely target it, after all, and measure its effects. As soon as we got better at building digital ad products and educated advertisers, in theory we’d be in better shape than ever.

That theory has, alas, been pretty well destroyed by the last 10 years. Advertisers still won’t pay print rates for digital. Worse, the money that does get spent on digital advertising increasingly isn’t going to news outlets; it’s going to Google and Facebook and Yahoo.

Continue reading The future of journalism? Probably neo-feudalism.

What, no screenshots?

Surely keyboards had a Print Screen button in 1991:

A search to recover the very first web page has unearthed a relic from 1991.

The page turned up after Cern launched a public appeal for files, hardware and software from the web’s earliest days.

The original page is missing because the web’s creators did not preserve the early work they did on what has become a historic document.

Unfortunately, other potential finds from the same era on that old computer remain hidden because the password for it has been forgotten.

Continue reading What, no screenshots?

My “The Internet Goes To Washington” ripoff of @SooperMexican.

Yeah, this is pretty much how it goes.

God knows that I can’t claim to be above it all, either – as witnessed by the fact that this post is essentially a retweet with comments enabled. Don’t think about that too hard.

…You know what the Internet needs?

One of those universal symbols for I was going to write a post on something, only I realized that I didn’t actually care enough to bother to write a post, only there’s no way to indicate my essential disinterest without actually writing the post, which kind of defeats the purpose of saying that I actually really and truly don’t care enough to bother.

It should be a yellow-and-black warning symbol; you could put it up, attach a link to whatever it was that made you roll your eyes, and then not have to address it again.

Or something.  Sorry: lack of coffee.

Moe Lane

#rsrh You’d think nobody’s ever caused a netrooter to flip out before.

The reaction to this has been a fascinating thing to watch, on both sides. Maybe I’m just Old-School, but it’s not exactly shocking to me that there are Left-blogosphere sites that will start screaming at the drop of a hat; this used to happen all the time, you know.  It’s just that the Left-Sphere has been long since gelded into being cheer/yell leaders for the Democratic Establishment, and the Right-Sphere has long since graduated to going after the Democratic Establishment.

For some reason, this just seems to be the epitome of it all:

Forty bucks for a two hour debate?  Dear God but these people are pikers: try one thousand per hour, Sparky, topic set in advance, and keep your hands off of the mute button.  Assuming that I even feel like accepting that, either: after all, it might interfere with my election coverage. Continue reading #rsrh You’d think nobody’s ever caused a netrooter to flip out before.