jueves, septiembre 11, 2008

The Internet in Intensive Care

The Internet in Intensive Care
Some players want to violate net neutrality
Alfredo Ascanio (askain)
Published 2008-09-11 11:40 (KST)

In the late 1960s, the US Defense Department began the Internet. The network quickly grew to include scientists and researchers across the country and schools, businesses, libraries and individuals around the world.

The Internet consists of thousands of networks connected together that exchange information, but no one organization owns or controls the Internet. There is no government regulation and no one censors the information made available.

Is the Internet exhausted? This is not a naive question, because that is what some experts say. The main lobbyist for AT&T, James Cicconi, recently warned there is the possibility that the Internet will reach the "limit of its physical capacity in 2010."

Cicconi and others argue that this justifies charging a premium to very active users, and does not want new laws to prevent AT&T from doing this.

Service providers are interested in creating the impression that the capacity of the Internet is a scarce and expensive resource. Richard N. Clarke, an executive of AT&T, argued that the cost of unlimited Internet services to some residences may reach US$416 per month and to efficiently manage their networks they need to monitor what their customers are doing and even control overuse or impose surcharges to those users.

With all traffic on the Internet remaining more or less like it was two years ago, the previous claim seems very exaggerated. Traffic grows each year by 35 percent to 50 percent as demonstrated by a study of the Minnesota University and an investigation of Cisco Systems, and Andrew Odlyzko pointed out that there are no signs that there is an explosion in Internet use. But Cicconi has predicted that traffic will grow five times more until the year 2015.

The truth is that technological advances have enabled a massive increase in the capacity of data networks. But with the prices in the fall of fiber optic cables and routers that characterize the Internet, the predicted lack of capacity seems unlikely in the next two years.

If the major providers are exaggerating, their opponents are equally exaggerating, said an emphatic Stephen H. Wildstrom of BusinessWeek.

Consider the following link on this matter: http://www.savetheinternet.com

This blog warns that communications companies want to tax content providers to ensure fast transmission of data.

These companies are said to want favoritism for their own search engines, Internet telephony and video transmissions, but on the condition that their competitors are blocked.

This blog also maintains that: "Big phone and cable companies are trying to eliminate net neutrality, the principle that protects our ability go where we want and do what we choose online."

"More than 1.5 million SavetheInternet.com supporters are fighting to keep the Internet free and open for everyone."

Putting filters on the Internet is another of the wishes of some authoritarian politicians, such as the new Venezuelan Communications Law, in addition to controls in China and Cuba.

The Internet is a powerful means of communication and some players are afraid because the Internet has an impact on their own business interests.

With the emergence of new technology like Web 2.0, there is greater interaction between actors and the possibilities for comment and participation as citizen reporters.

We must remember that freedom of the Internet is integral to an uncolored research environment where everyone is allowed to voice their point of view and ideas without censorship.

At the second international seminar on journalism online in Brazil, guests discussed the use of the Internet in election campaigns, the importance of journalistic generated content and social networks in search of audiences through blogs and felt that the Internet is a means of neutral communication, which is so important.

We will have to pay very close attention to this issue, and in the up-coming presidential election, net neutrality is essential to free speech, equal opportunity and economic innovation.

As noted by one participant at savetheinternet.com: "This fundamental change would end the open Internet as we know it. It would damage my ability to connect with others, share information and participate in our 21st century democracy and economy".

Hong Kong Panorámico

Quieren conocer al Hong Kong. Pues esta foto panorámico les demuestra que la ciudad está unida por 3 puentes y varios enlaces viales.

miércoles, septiembre 10, 2008

Todas las revistas en un solo lugar

Si quiere revisar, Time, People, Fortune,EW,InStyle, CNNMONEY, RealSimple,Business 2.0, Time for kids, Who, MyRecipes, Health, Sunset,SOuthern Accents, Cooking Light, Cottage Living,Southern Living, Coastal Living.

Pero faltaba en la lista la revista para hombres que se llama ESQUIRE y que cumple 75 anos de edad con una edicion especial escrita en tinta electronica.

  • Un video de OBAMA en Digg (VIDEO 2131)

    Obama lipstick flap "would be Funny" and stumps, in Virginia on the trail : Obama blasts McCain on lipstickgate enough of the lies!

    martes, septiembre 09, 2008

    Comunicación política (digital)

    En el BLOG dl inglés Darren G Lilleker se puede conocer los adelantos de este asunto tan importante para los políticos modernos


    Web 2.0 and Twitter
    A new way to communicate
    Alfredo Ascanio (askain) Email Article Print Article
    Published 2008-09-10 06:29 (KST)

    People involved in the digital world have many communication tools available with what is called Web 2.0. One service that sends messages with more impact is Twitter.

    Jack Dorsey created this micro-blogging service on July 13, 2006. With Twitter, you can send 140-character-long messages to subscribers explaining what you are doing at any given time.

    Many organizations (and even politicians such as Barack Obama) use the tool as a means to promote themselves and keep users (or, in the case of Obama, supporters) informed.

    It is a powerful way to penetrate the market of users. For example, Obama holds the record at 70,000 for number of Twitter followers.

    The service is not yet as popular as e-mail or Skype, but Twitter use can be ingenious. For example, journalism professor Jay Rosen, of the University of New York, uses Twitter to "bounce" ideas about the U.S. presidential campaigns.

    Other new uses include writing novels or short stories by delivering what are called Twillers.

    Twitter is very easy to use. Once you register at www.twitter.com, you can send messages through your computer or cell phone. You send the message to Twitter's servers, which in turn forward a copy of the message to your subscribers.

    My page with my stories is at twitter.com/askain2. Once you are enrolled in the service you can refer to someone by putting the "at" symbol in from of a user's name: for example, @askain2.

    You can also send messages on the Hellotxt.com Web site or use programs such as Twitteroo or Twhirl, which serve as intermediaries.

    You can use e-mail to re-send messages or comments to Twitter via twittermail.com, or even an instant messaging service such as MSN.

    Installing Fringe on your cell phone lets you communicate with Twitter as well as access other services such as MSN and Skype.

    lunes, septiembre 08, 2008

    Qué eso de TWITTER ?

    Las personas que participan en el mundo digital tienen muchas herramientas de comunicación ahora con lo que se llama la Web 2.0. Uno de los servicios para mandar mensajes de más impacto es Twitter. Este servicio fue creado por Jack Dorsey el 13 de julio del año 2006. Los mensajes que se mandan aceptan sólo 140 caracteres para explicar lo que estamos haciendo en un momento dado.

    Muchas organizaciones que desean promocionarse e incluso políticos, como por ejemplo OBAMA, utilizan la herramienta como una manera de hacer campaña y mantener a sus seguidores informados. Es una manera potente de penetrar el mercado de usuarios. Por ejemplo, OBAMA tiene el record de seguidores al usar TWITTER con más de 70.000 personas y el efecto multiplicador de esos contacto puede multiplicarse por 3 si cada seguir comenta lo que ha recibido.

    Este servicio de micro-blogging almacena lo comunicado con sus cortos comentarios. Y su uso puede ser ingenioso. Por ejemplo, el profesor Jay Rosen, de la Universidad de Nueva York, se ha dedicado a “rebotar” las ideas sobre la campañas presidencial de USA pero vía Twitter.

    El servicio no es tan popular como el e-mail o Skype, pues cuenta apenas con 2,7 millones de usuarios, pero aparecen nuevos usos de Twitter como novelas o cuentos por entrega que se llaman Twiller.

    Cómo trabaja Twitter ? : es muy fácil usted ingresa en www.twitter.com/ y allí se registra; luego puede enviar mensajes a través de su computador o su teléfono celular, así el mensaje llega a los servidores de Twitter y luego esos servidores reenvían una copia del mensaje a los seguidores de la persona que lo envío.

    Mi página con mis historias es : twitter.com/askain ; cuando ya está usted inscrito en este servicio puede hacer referencia a un usuario anteponiendo el símbolo arroba al nombre del mismo: como @askain.

    Después que está inscrito puede enviar mensajes a sus seguidores en el sitio hellotext.com/ o buscar en Google programas como Twittero o Twhirl, que sirven de intermediarios para comunicarse.

    También se puede obtener una dirección de correo que re-envíe los mensajes y los comentarios a Twitter como : twittermail.com/ Si usted busca en Google la palabra clave Twittd, entonces puede usted añadir un contaccto a su servicio de mensajería instantánea como msn, yahoo o bien aol. Si instala en el teléfono celular FRING, esto le permite comunicarse con Twitter y acceder a sus cuentas msn, SKype y otros servicios. Quiere más informción sobre este asunto, pues entonces active: enbytes.com/twitter

    (Fuente Froilán Fernández El Nacional)