foobar on computers, software and the rest of the world


Attack on net neutrality right here in New Zealand

, posted: 3-Apr-2012 12:21

A very good article today on the NZ Herald web site about how Sky's exclusive deals are locking out possible competitors in the emerging video streaming market. Specifically: Sky has struck special deals with a number of ISPs in New Zealand, which gives customers un-metered access to Sky's online streaming services. Sounds, good, doesn't it? Free online TV for consumers, what could possibly be wrong with that?

Well, a number of things:
It shows how cheap national bandwidth here i (read the entire post)...



How about: Three strikes and YOU are out, Xnet?

, posted: 20-Mar-2009 10:08

A recent article on TorrentFreak refers to investigations by the New Zealand Herald, highlighting the case of an Internet user being disconnected by Xnet, merely based on a single alleged copyright infringement. The Herald article states:
... WorldXChange ... says the company is using a system in some ways more draconian than Section 92a. ... "We took the commercial risk of terminating customers but there is nothing to stop those customers taking a swing at us. But most of my customers are (read the entire post)...



ISP filtering in Australia: Think about the children!

, posted: 5-Dec-2008 02:49

The proposal to introduce mandatory Internet filtering at the ISP level in Australia has been been widely discussed and criticized. While some of the criticism focuses on the costs or the fear that download speeds may suffer, and others point out that it would be better to just educate the children to properly and safely use the Internet, the much bigger and important issue of course is how such filters will limit free speech. And there is another question that looms over the entire discussion: (read the entire post)...



Richard Stallman in Auckland: On copyright in a networked world

, posted: 8-Aug-2008 14:31

I just came back from Richard Stallman's lecture at the University of Auckland. I was surprised by the amazing interest in his talk, the lecture hall being entirely jam-packed full, people standing along the back and all the way out into the hallway. I was lucky to be there early enough to get one of the last few chairs.

Here's a photo that gives a little bit of an impression. Note that there were a lot more people sitting behind me still and along the left, which also didn't make it (read the entire post)...



Metered broadband in the US, very nice pricing if you are used to NZ prices

, posted: 4-Jun-2008 12:46

Metered broadband is rare in the United States. Time Warner is now introducing it in one market as a trial. Looking at their pricing makes me just wish we would have more competition here in New Zealand. From the article:
$29.95 a month for a 5GB cap and 768kbps download speeds to $54.90 for a 40GB cap at 15mbps. ... If customers exceed their bandwidth cap ... they'll be charged an extra $1 per extra gigabyte.
Even if I translate this to NZ$ (with a rough 1/1.3 exchange rate) I still g (read the entire post)...



Chronology of an 'Internet outage' ... and lessons learned

, posted: 12-Dec-2007 05:50

The last few days saw one of my worst nightmares come true. The scenario where in the past, whenever I read about it, I would think to myself: 'Phew! I'm glad that didn't hit us!' But over this weekend (and beyond) it DID hit us: An Internet outage!

Well, of course not the entire Internet, just our residential broadband connection. But it sure gets to you when you realise just how dependent you have become on this technology, how fickle it can be, and how much you (read the entire post)...



The biggest hotel broadband rip-off ever?

, posted: 26-Nov-2007 23:44

Currently, I'm attending a conference here in Brisbane, Australia. I just arrived in the hotel and found out with horror about their Internet access prices. As you can imagine, I've gone to a conference about software, and this is actually the conference hotel where I am staying. So obviously, during this week there will be a lot of people here with computers, checking e-mail, going online, etc. Well, the hotel, or at least their Internet provider, are about to make one heck of a load of money (read the entire post)...



Running the Xnet Usage Monitor tool under Linux

, posted: 14-Sep-2007 11:27

Update: This article talks about the lack of an online or Linux version of Xnet's broadband usage meter. As you can see in the comments, I was quickly being educated on my oversight: An online version exists, and there is also a Firefox extension, which makes the meter available under Linux, sort of. Not quite the same functionality, but still a good job from Xnet. Nevertheless, the point I am making about Wine and software vendors remains valid, I would think.

So, a couple of day (read the entire post)...



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  • Who I am: Software developer and consultant.
  • What I do: System level programming, Linux/Unix. C, C++, Java, Python, and a long time ago even Assembler.
  • What I like: I'm a big fan of free and open source software. I'm Windows-free, running Ubuntu on my laptop. To a somewhat lesser degree, I also follow the SaaS industry.
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