Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters – and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans – and they’re using their power and control to do so. It’s not too late to push back by telling decision-makers at the CRTC to put Canadians first when it comes to our digital future.
Have you cut the cord from your television service recently – or are you considering it? (Read more…)
Last week, I passed 100,000 unique views on this blog – in slightly over two years since it was started. Not large by any means, given that some sites easily get that in a month. But a personal milestone for me.* Thank you, gentle readers, for coming here, for spending time with my humble scribblings**, […]
Our small team at OpenMedia would like to take a moment to thank you – all of you – who have used the Internet to help create a roadmap forward for a fair digital future.
It was in October 2013 that we asked our community – Internet users who are invested in driving the Internet, creating and sharing online, and collaborating without borders – to help shape our collective digital future.
Our call was in response to continued backdoor negotiations of a massive agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will threaten our ability to innovate online, create excessive (Read more…)
Break out of your browser bubble. I suggest you use duckduckgo as your web browser as they claim it is more private and bubble free.
Filed under: Internet, Media Tagged: DWR PSA Saturday, Echo Chamber, Filter Bubble, Internet, Search Engines
A recent article on Gizmodo shows off some previously unseen (or perhaps just forgotten) footage of a young Steve Jobs unveiling the Macintosh computer, back on January 30, 1984. Thirty years ago, this week. Seems like forever ago. But I remember it, and reasonably well. I remember where I was living then, what I was […]
“Outright theft.” That’s what Canadians are calling this latest alleged attempt by Big Telecom to price-gouge us.
Speak out against Big Telecom price-gouging at https://openmedia.ca/deadweight
Article by Daniel Tencer for the Huffington Post Canada
Rogers Communications is denying online accusations that it charges its internet customers for internal traffic on their routers, even if that traffic doesn’t use the Rogers network.
Over 125,000 people – including tens of thousands of Canadians – have now spoken out about the damaging Internet censorship proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We know from leaked drafts all about how the TPP would make your Internet more expensive, censored, and policed.
Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the TPP could wreak havoc on Canada’s economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause. Australia was forced to adopt extreme copyright rules as part of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) – rules which (Read more…)
I know, I know, the senate scandal had some interesting things happen this afternoon. But, as I started this post prior to those revelations, we’ll talk about this first and senate tomorrow or so. Somehow, I have ended up on the mailing list for Conservative MP Joy Smith; I would assume this blog has something to do with it, but who can say for sure. As such, I was treated to today’s media release on her inviting a known “pornographic expert” to Canada to speak on the perils of internet pornography. Smith made some news earlier in the year, (Read more…)
Last week, while enjoying a lovely lunch at a restaurant with my mom and my partner, an oily sauce jumped out of a bowl and splattered on my shirt. All right, it didn’t actually jump out, truth is I can be a clumsy eater. But the sauce went on my shirt. Ugh.
This wasn’t one little dot, which can be annoying enough. This was an entire collection of splats, re-decorating the front of my shirt. Double ugh.
Because I was busy with family and friends, I wasn’t able to immediately soak or stain-treat the shirt. It ended up sitting for (Read more…)
Sometime late on Thursday night into Friday morning, our internet went down. This is the worst possible time for such an event, as internet is our lifeline to baseball, and the Boston Red Sox are on their way (I hope) (I believe) to winning the World Series.
From the sound of things, there were problems at some major internet hubs in the area, with massive outages affecting parts of Mississauga, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, and so on.
What was the problem? When could we expect service to resume? TekSavvy wasn’t able to tell me… because Rogers wouldn’t tell them.
I have (Read more…)
We all know the iconic cartoon the title of this post refers to. Boing Boing has republished a story about it, originally run in The Magazine, an ad-free, reader-supported magazine that looks really interesting.
It’s a wonderful little piece: the story behind the story, a glimpse into the life of people who try to earn a living from their own considerable talents, and a look back at the early days of the internet, and how things have changed, before tinfoil-hat predictions were proven to be not paranoia, but prescience.
Go here to read the story (really, it’s fun), and (Read more…)
It’s been a while since I wrote about Freecycle – once as we were getting ready to move to Canada in 2005, then again when we moved from our first place in Port Credit to the Cooksville section of Mississauga.
On this last move (Cooksville to Square One), I had no time to go through things and pare down. I hired some folks to pack us up, and now I’ve been combing through everything as I unpack. I thought that was completely backwards, but it’s turned out to be efficient and logical. Once you’re moved in, you have a better (Read more…)
In your otherwise dull Thursday, take a look at an article in The Atlantic about an army of paid Internet commenters from Russia.
This paragraph leaped out:
Paid, pro-government commenters aren’t a new phenomenon in Russia, and similar practices are widespread in countless countries. In their Freedom on the Net report released last week, the NGO Freedom House said the strategy has been on the rise over the past two years, and is now rampant in 22 of the 60 countries the group examined. China, Bahrain, and Russia are at the forefront of this practice, Freedom House wrote.
Poor Lao Tzu. He gets saddled with the most atrocious of the New Age codswallop. As if it wasn’t enough to be for founder of one of the most obscure philosophies (not a religion, since it has no deity), he gets to be the poster boy for all sorts of twaddle from people who clearly […]
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I am amazed that in 2013 I am still feeling the need to write this but Kathryn May in today’s Citizen is covering a PSLRB (the board that handles issues related to federal government labour-management relations) decision upholding management’s right to stop the union from using its email system. So I guess it still needs saying. Dear sisters and brothers: your work email belongs to your employer. They can do what they want with it. Any time and for any reason. And now – if they let you know first – they can read it.
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- It shouldn’t be a surprise that more people are pointing out the importance of effective regulation in preventing disasters like the Lac-Mégantic explosion. But it may be somewhat unexpected to see that message from a CEO in the industry which stands to be regulated: Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. CEO Hunter Harrison warned that a catastrophic derailment like the one that levelled the centre of Lac-Mégantic could happen again if regulators don’t impose tougher safety rules for transporting hazardous materials.
Mr. Harrison, an outspoken industry executive who has been running railroads in Canada and (Read more…)
I noticed another person with a CIBC 2-factor authentication fob on their key chain last week. It displays a seemingly random number that actually only a special server knows, so if a password is stolen, so too must the fob containing the random number code that changes every minute. Without both the password, and the fob, a thief is unable to log into a stolen account.
Passwords make the Web work, so we can have ‘our’ stuff, and keep unwanted and very unwelcome people from viewing it and changing our own information. So a title like “Kill the Password: (Read more…)
With the Robocalls trial under way, some newer information is becoming public. That’s no thanks to the judge who has imposed a partial publication ban on investigative documents.
One person with a legitimate account to make robocalls at RackNine, was Andrew Prescott. On Thursday he wrote me to bring to my attention a new detail other than Rogers’ IP mistake brought up in court. Apparently Matt Meier of RackNine made an error initially in linking Prescott’s RackNine robocall account to a proxy server in Saskatchewan. The same proxy server was used by Pierre Poutine to order illegal robocalls for Guelph’s (Read more…)
My adventures with VPNs, wireless VPNs, and other fun IP-address changes just keep getting better all the time. My new favourite addition is called HideMyAss - a stupid name, but a terrific service.
When I last updated you on our awesome wireless VPN + Roku experience, we were using two separate routers – one for wireless VPN, and one for everything else. This was necessary because MLB.TV – through which we watch baseball on our TV, via Roku – didn’t get along with the wireless VPN router. The feed would continually stop for buffering, making it impossible to follow (Read more…)