I have ordered and I am expecting delivery of my brand new Apple MacBook (or BlackBook as some call it)! It will be a Black, 2Ghz Core Duo, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD (5400 RPM) MacBook, complete with a remote, Bluetooth 2 and Wifi functionality. Not mention cool applications such as iSight built in Camera, Front Row ( a media center) and Spotlight search technology. It cost me close to €2.000, so hopefully it will be worth it ;-)
I have also joined, for a month, a commercial darknet. Don’t know what that is? It is basically me paying for an extra layer of security, 128-bit encryption to a Swedish Internet service provider. Why? Well that means that if my ISP ever got a court order from a company, they would not have any records on me, since it will be encrypted, leaving them with no trace of what I have been upto. Don’t get me wrong I am a totally law abiding person, and the law says I have a right to privacy. I am just enforcing that right, in case my ISP was collecting anything (BT is my ISP), like my passwords. I also share my connection through my FON router, so as I will be using VPN encrypted network, I can prove 100% it wasn’t me who abused my internet connection, clearing me of liability. Ars Technica has an interesting article on the matter. That said, I have heard little of file sharing implications in Irish Law.
Also, I am one of the newest members of the FON community Wifi project. What the hell is this I hear you ask? Basically you share your internet connection, either for free (like I do)or for a small fee to others. If you share yours for free, you get free access to other FON routers worldwide. If however you “milk your wifi” (aka. make people pay) you hve to pay to use other foneros[sic] routers.
I see Leaving Cert results are out today! I am not looking forward to the year ahead, my last year of secondary school, 6th Year. I will be sitting the Leaving Cert next June, and well to say its no easy task to do well would be an understatement! I do Physics, German, Engineering, Irish, English, Maths, Geography which all will be tested! I wish everyone who has done it, the very best of luck this year, and I hope they all get the results they want. Each of your six best subjects is picked, all weighted on points and automatically submitted to the Central Applications office which holds a list of predetermined points on courses in registered institutions. Based on the availabilty (read “supply and demand”) is whether you get the course, as points fluctuate. They have rounds of offers, until all places are filled. No idea what I want to do, but I am looking in the sub <350 points range, shouldn’t be too hard to achieve!
I feel I need to confess why I am buying a MacBook, have I turned soft to my Open Source/Free Software ways? No, definately 100% NOT. I’ll explain why: I think Apple Computer has an incredible product in Mac OSx. For anyone who has not used it before, pop into a 3G store and ask to have a go. When someone releases a good a product as that, they deserve money, in my opinion. Under “the” free software license (GNU General Public License) it is permissable for anyone to charge for software licensed under it, as long as an offer of source code is given (for 3 years afterwards). Deep down I love Ubuntu, and I will install it as soon as possible when they release a version for the Intel powered Apple computers. In fact I will use my Laptop to showcase Ubuntu you had of told me November last year I’d spend well over €1,000 on an Apple Computer, I would have told you that I hated Apple, and would never consider it! What has changed my mind? I got a iPod Nano for Christmas ‘05 and thought it was great, but the Nano on its own still wouldn’t convince me to get a Mac.
I am writing this because, I regret to say, the stupidity of humanity. People nowadays define their own law on the Web and the Internet (don’t know the difference, you should), while disregarding real life. Maybe its a lack of understanding about technology or law, I don’t know. One things for sure, common sense can go a long way. Take for example this website on the Commitments, which prohibits linking from unauthorised sites! You see? I just broke the law right there, amazing dontcha think? The person who designed or put the statement up, is a total complete and utter idiot, and I don’t care if thats considered slander! Imagine if every site was to do this? Search engines would be just another litagation filled business, like so many other. With Lawyers reviewing every site to go into the database, Google would have a handful, maybe a 100 sites, instead of the usual billions it indexes.
Hope you like the new look Duey Finsters. Like Google style hoo-pah, we are still in “Beta” mode (or is it “Alpha”? Depends on who you ask!). I would be extremely grateful for people to report issues, with the folloxing browsers IE 5.5, 6 & 7, Opera 9, Firefox 1.5.X , Mozilla 1.X , Safari on all platforms Windows, Linux and Mac (BSD if you want!). Great news also in ranking, the site has gone from 8.5 millionth, to just under 4 million (#3,945,836 to be exact) in three and a half months! I am working on releasing the design to OSWD and in Wordpress theme format, for others to extend and enjoy (If you feel like helping out, contact me).
This is my letter to U.S. Dept. of Commerce, stating what I believe should happen to the Internet. Fell free to email your opinions to them directly: ** [email protected]**. As a net citizen, get your voice heard on the most important public debate of our times! Dear Sir/Madam, I, as a citizen of Ireland and the EU, think with respect, the Internet should have a world governing body, fairly appointed by each country who has more than 30% of their respective populations online. For those under 30% they should get to have a sub-committee, to prioritise and promote the Internet in their countries. I think while although ICANN has generally not been a bad governing body, vast improvements can be made, such as not allowing pressure from companies to increase domain prices, when the cost of providing them has come down dramatically over the past few years. I do recognise, that the Internet was partially created with the help of U.S. government funding, but this comes from the people of America, who would want the Internet to be a force for change, like for example, the way it is helping Chinese dissidents.Also, as with all US government generated ideas, it is free from patent and copyright which applies worldwide, such as NASA images, for example. This should be true of the Internet also, as it is with GPS (which I use regularly, Thanks for that!). I am not a whole believer in the U.N. however, I think the Internet governing body should be free form all Government and International organisational pressures (but not those that seek to limit abuse, such as child pornography, obviously). I thank you for offering a public debate on this issue and I sincerely hope the outcome will be of benefit to everyone living on earth.
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