Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
When AT&T and Verizon Wireless announced plans to provide tiered Internet service to companies like Google and Yahoo that use more bandwidth than others, a debate arose about net neutrality. I'm not disturbed about this at all because it's already happening. On the consumer side, bandwidth is tiered by price and access - dialup, DSL/Cable, T1, .... The same thing happens on the provider side. Businesses pay for the level of bandwidth they use. It is only fair that the larger companies that suck up bandwidth contribute to supporting the backbone infrastructure required to sustain it or get throttled. Some companies providing bandwidth intensive services, like streaming movies, are already building their own infrastructure to contribute and ensure that their products are available at the quality they want to provide. I'm much more concerned about content restrictions, such as limited search results and web site access in China, than in bandwidth restrictions because basic news can be provided and consumed over the most limited channel.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
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Monday, March 13, 2006
Generally, the simpler the problem, the more likely it is to be the root casue and the easier it is to fix. When troubleshooting, it is best to start researching the simplest and easiest root cause and move up to the most complex and difficult root cause as needed. Follow the 80/20 rule. 20% of one's effort will generally provide 80% of the desired outcome. Only move on to the more complex root causes and difficult solutions after the simpler ones have been exhausted.
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Friday, March 10, 2006
It's amazing how easy it is to overlook details in life. Today Herschl Raney left a comment on one of the photos I have uploaded to BugGuide of a Syrphini. He complimented the photo and pointed out that there was a crab spider in the photo. I honestly hadn't seen the spider neither when I was taking the photo nor when I was processing it. I couldn't tell that there was a spider holding the hoverfly, that I originally thought was a bee until mizzbee identified it correctly on Flickr.
This is a small, concise example of how it's important to look for the little details in life, rely on other people's expertise, and be open to feedback. You can't anticipate when someone will tell you what you don't know that you don't know, and you won't learn from it if you're not willing to listen. The older I get, the more I understand how little I know and the more I rely on others' expertise.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Today I ran across, figuratively only of course, a blogger being harassed by the UK government to buy a TV license when he doesn't own a TV. My first reaction was that it must be spam of some sort. I had never heard of TV licensing. Although I have spent a couple of months in London, it was as a teenager with my parents before TV licensing was enacted. Being an American who pays plenty for cable TV and having experienced BBC TV, I couldn't imagine paying a tax of over 100 pounds per year to support BBC TV. In the UK, people do go to prison for not paying their TV license and fines if caught and convicted.
Having stumbled across such a thing, I was curious to find out why it was enacted. The British TV licensing web site gives lots of information about how much you have to pay under what circumstances, but it doesn't give any information about why TV licensing was enacted. I have found some web sites fighting TV licensing, such as Dealing with TV Licensing, Abolish the TV License and Campaign to Abolish the TV License, which provide more information. Apparently, it is primarily intended to support the state BBC TV channels, but people are not allowed to opt out of receiving them and the license does not depend on actual viewership, only the possession of television reception equipment. There are few exception, for example, blind people get a 50% reduction in the TV license amount and Seniors over 75 do not have to pay at all. Non-viewers are generally harassed with threatening letters, rather than accepted as an exempt category.
The amount of funding that the BBC receives through TV licensing is far greater than NPR receives from the US government. While about 75% of the BBC's over 2 billion pound budget is covered by the British government's TV License, only about 2% of NPR's budget comes from the US government. The BBC censors much of the news about controversy surrounding TV licensing because it can't afford to run in its current state without it. It sounds to me like it's time for the Brits to have their own version of the Boston Tea Party, a London TV Party, where a load of televisions gets ceremoniously dumped into the harbor.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Unfortunately, a roll-a-bout is very expensive. The base model roll-a-bout starts at $599. It's possible to get them for cheaper used on eBay, but I never found one of the heavy duty models available at auction. Roll-a-bouts are not available locally for rental here. The Roll-A-Bout company rents them for $35 per week and I got a quote from another company that would rent one for $120 per month. This is much more expensive than the $52 per month rental for the wheelchair. Since I'm going to be using it for 2 months and Jim may need to use it later for his ankle, we decided to purchase the roll-a-bout. We may rent it out ourselves locally when we're not using it.