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Marooned: From the makers of ‘Iowa Nice’ 0

I am a supporter of this project, and you should be too!


As a web worker, technologist, and community media supporter I cannot support the bills known as SOPA and PIPA. I disagree on multiple levels with the transfer of speech rights to a group of private entities and the onerous ‘policing’ actions foisted upon independent content creators.

Contact your representatives and let them know how you feel:

FCC Comments on Net Neutrality Close January 14th 0


This Thursday, January 14th, is the closing of the FCC’s comment period on Net Neutrality. Their decision will have long term and far reaching effects on both the cost of and the way information is distributed over the Internet. Pressure from large telecommunications providers for the ability to limit or degrade connectivity of rivals inside their respective networks, which some have likened to censorship, to gain competitive edge for their own product offerings has been immense and well funded. Such a scenario does little, if anything, for the consumer and ultimately stifles the innovation allowed under the current ‘open’ paradigm. Here is an illustration of one possible scenario:
The Walled Garden

If you enjoy the Internet as it exists today, accessible and indiscriminate, I would encourage you to submit your thoughts to the FCC concerning this vital issue if you have not done so already. You may do so electronically through the Free Press website:

Former FCC and ICTC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson has already done so himself, you may read his comments on his website: My own comments are included at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for your attention and your contribution to this extremely important issue. Please feel free to distribute this call for comments as widely as possible.

Hans Hoerschelman

Honorable Members of the Federal Communications Commission,

I write you today to express my personal support for a strong policy of Network Neutrality. The preservation of the principle of open connectivity is the driving force behind the innovation and entrepreneurship that has made the Internet the interesting, informative and expansive tool that it is today. We must have specific and strong prohibitions against the ‘walled garden’ or degraded service approach that could be instituted by those who would wish to undermine rivals or stifle competing viewpoints and technologies in favor of profits and control, for the segmentation of our national communication would serve to do nothing but create an information oligarchy. The free exchange of information and ideas is essential to our democracy and must be maintained.

Please think of the consumers, the citizens and businesses, not just the moneyed interests of the telecommunications industry, when creating what will become essentially the rules of digital speech. It is the current open access that has brought us the success of the present, and it will be the same open access that will allow us to explore and innovate towards the successes of the future.

Hans Hoerschelman
Chair, Iowa City Telecommunications Commission
Owner, 460 Website Design
Concerned Citizen

The Smartest Iowan 0

I am that. At least for the week after the 18th episode. Have a look!

Cubicle Defense 0

Thanks to Michael A for the link.

Bale Out – NSFW 0

In the spirit of the Bill-O remix, here’s Angry Techno-Bale:

The internets do interesting things.

State of the Internets 0

In terms of Latency:

Internet Health Report

Thanks mialber.

Telecom and Pandemics 0

Past, present and future, reality is shaped by our ability to communicate with each other. While in the past our national (and international) infrastructure has been built to withstand or recover from some harsh and unexpected events, such as natural disasters, there is a significant weakness in our system of thought on these matters: pandemics. So the FCC and Big Telco had a little talk about just that.

I want to write/think more on this, but workload doesn’t really permit currently. I’d love to hear other’s thoughts.

Non-Code-Geeks, Please look away 2

I need to finish this later, but the first 15 minutes is pretty informative. Here at the old IMFO Ranch we’re in discussions on frameworks, so it was a nice surprise to be able to get a small list of whats available in a humorous package.

Running time is 1 hour. If you do internet websites or websites on the internet, you’ll enjoy it. If you do web internets on site, you probably won’t.

Why I Hate Django. DjangoCon 2008 Keynote: Cal Henderson

via reddit

How the ‘Net Works 0

Strangely relevant to a conversation I was having over lunch with the Lovely One. I bring you, via Ars Technica, the following informational article:

How the ‘Net works: an introduction to peering and transit By Rudolph van der Berg

I heavily suggest your perusal.

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