Faster, but are we having fun yet?

I’ll have to thank a certain “PhaTTBoi”:http://home.mindspring.com/~paulsc/phatt.html for turning me on to cable internet. After the recent upgrades, speed is sizzling, and I’m paying less than I was for DSL, and it’s way more stable.

!http://www.elburro.net/6megts.jpg(Traffic Shaped 6 megs)!

According to this “article”:http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12717163~mode=flat
Comcast is working on 100 mbps connections, and so is Verizon and I think I read that Bellsouth is laying fibre all over the place for similar connectivity.

Yet, in the article it acknowledges:

“Just who would need a 100-megabit home Internet connection — and what customers would do with it — is a huge question, given that 60 percent of current dial-up customers aren’t even considering switching to broadband because they see no compelling advantage, according to a national survey by Horowitz Associates, a Larchmont, N.Y., cable consulting firm.”

At this point, I’m not even sure what I want to do with 6 megs. The few 75 – 100 meg downloads I pull in are fast enough to make my head spin, and web pages load faster, but it still takes just as long to read the content. I don’t seem to be any smarter than I was last month.

Video downloads? Illegal copies of “Dawn of the Dead” and “Charley’s Angels, the Movie”….no thanks. Music? Okay, I’m real happy with the net radio stations that you can pick from at “Shoutcast”:http://www.shoutcast.com/. And since I’m a baseball fan, and the new “home of the Braves” (640 am)
cuts back it’s power after sundown leaving me nothing but static out here in Kennesaw…..I decided to look into the net version of “XM Radio”:http://www.xmradio.com/, which is carrying 162 games per year, per team. They have a three day trial for the net version. Unfortunately, some of the programming “is not yet licensed to air over the web”. Is MLB part of the programming that won’t air? Oh well, what was there, a bunch of all genre music stations, complete with laid back human “70’s type” djs, it was mostly pretty good, and came in great over 6.6 broadband. I even tried a few voip phone calls while streaming music, expecting stuttering reception. Instead it was clear as a bell. Okay, so 6.6 is worth it for the music alone. As long as I’m paying less than for DSL.

All I know is, when it took so long to see the whitehouse.gov page on a 9600 baud modem in 1994 (after 10 minutes, Bill’s picture had loaded and Hillary was starting to come down), 56k modems a couple years later made my head spin. 1.5 mbps DSL back in ’99, that made my head spin. 6 megs today? Eh.

I guess when IPTV hits, I’ll be able to continue watching the 6 stations I watch now and say, “wow, 10,000 channels! Do I have choice now!” I’ll still be watching just the 6 channels, but I can go “Wow!” That should be worth something, as long as I don’t have to pay extra.

Tuesday and it’s still dreary

RIP HST.

God do we need his voice. His humor. His outrage. His go-for-the-jugular lunge for the truth.

Now more than ever. What we don’t need are more “objective” reporters. Sometimes you just have to call a liar a liar; a moron a moron; a killer a killer; open your eyes, people.

I’m a little tongue-tied here. That will have to change, but I don’t think it will be this evening. I just don’t have it in me right now.

So I leave you with a little Rimbaud:

“The Poet makes himself a seer by a long, gigantic and rational derangement of all the senses. All forms of love, suffering, and madness. He searches himself. He exhausts all poisons in himself and keeps only their quintessences. Unspeakable torture where he needs all his faith, all his super-human strength, where he becomes among all men the great patient, the great criminal, the one accursed – and the supreme Scholar! Because he reaches the unknown! Since he cultivated his soul, rich already, more than any man! He reaches the unknown, and when, bewildered, he ends by losing the intelligence of his visions, he has seen them. Let him die as he leaps through unheard of and unnamable things: other horrible workers will come; they will begin from the horizons where the other collapsed!”

The “other horrible workers” are us, people. Let’s try to keep it true.

And hopefully, let’s try to find it in our own voice.

If it’s dreary, it must be Sunday

I guess I should say something about the gay hooker with a fake name the White House gave a press pass and insider leaks to…..

Nah.

As one of the other p.i.s said to J.J. Gittes, “It’s Chinatown, Jake”.

Sleaze and corruption has become so much a part of everyday government activitiy that (to sort of quote Bill Maher) “60% of high school students now think it’s normal and shouldn’t be questioned”. And on the Iraqi elections, “They can have *our* constitution. Hell, we’re not using it.”

Then there’s my friend Tucker, apparently now renting a beachfront condo in Cuba. Who never expressed much interest in politics, but was nonetheless not really prepared to spend another 4 years here with a Bush in the White House.

“It’s the one place in the world that hasn’t been contaminated by the US”, he said. “Think about it.” I did, and I’ll have to admit, he’s got me.

But ignore the mess in Washington; ignore all the “W” and “Bush/Cheney” stickers my neighbors have plastered all over their suburban tanks. Ignore the trio of 7th Day Adventists making their way down the street who should be knocking on my door any minute now. Will I open it? Sometimes I like to watch the expressions on their faces when the door opens and they’re confronted by a weird, sleepy, angry looking guy in a coffee-stained bathrobe wielding a shotgun.

Nah, I’ve got other more important things to do.

Today we’re spending a lot of time revamping our commercial websites. The one that has over 1500 products on it that I put up before I knew anything about databases and now it’s too much work to try and convert it over….that one needs thumbnails copy/pasted to various categories that haven’t been updated in months. After that, I’m scheduled to continue to revamp my search engine strategy. Apparently, when you spend weeks learning how to get your sites up in the top ten searches, and it works, and you’re getting lots of traffic….two years later you have to re-learn it all because the rules have changed and a bunch of cheap spammers have knocked you out of all your top positions. And Dick Cheney mentioned a while back that the high unemployment numbers were misleading because of all the people making money on Ebay. Maybe he was talking about me. I’m making enough on Ebay these days to take the place of the two part time jobs I’d need to survive on (assuming there were any part time jobs). So we’re attacking e-commerce here with a vengeance. But….

Enough of this, hell…..there’s someone at the door. Where’d I put that damned shotgun?