The implication here is that US-based providers will be able to differentiate traffic based on their own requirements, and according to some defending the principle this could impact on smaller websites and services, which could not compete with larger organisations if everything came down to money - paying to have your traffic flowing ahead of the competition.
"The future Sergey Brins, the future Marc Andreessens, of Netscape and Google...are going to have to pay taxes" to broadband providers, said Rep. Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat behind the Net neutrality amendment. This vote will change "the Internet for the rest of eternity," he warned.
For Americans, you can read more about this issue and outcomes here.
We have some Net Neutrality experience here in New Zealand, but not all is neutral. Some ISPs decided to peer with others and exchange traffic, through the Wellington Internet Exchange and others (Auckland, Palmerston North, Dunedin and more on the way). This guarantees a faster flow of data inside the country.
The problem is that not all ISPs agreed to peer, or decided to remove themselves from the peering exchanges. The results is that some of the New Zealand national traffic is actually routed somewhere overseas before coming back, making the whole Internet a lot slower for users here.
I know that two largest ISPs in New Zealand, Xtra and TelstraClear, are not peering, which may well cause delays in national traffic for the majority of Internet users in this country.
For example, when I try to see a stream from the Citylink Wellington Webcams I am actually greeted with a page explaining how sorry they are, explaining:
The various webcams that Citylink runs generate significant data traffic - during the day, about 20Mb/s, at night, about 10Mb/s. At peak times, it has moved as much as 700Mb/s of data. In the past, Citylink has incurred significant costs in delivering content from the webcams to users. I've been told never to let that happen again.
Thus, it has become necessary for Citylink to configure some of our services such that we don't run up a bill, by limiting access only to ISP's that choose to peer on WIX. These are generally high volume, low financial return services that are provided to encourage a competitive, vibrant and strong telecommunications and information technology industry.
Shame, really, because these decisions impact in the overall Internet usability in both cases.
The software runs on Windows Mobile and completely integrates with the web-based Newsgator feedreader. It means that you can have all your Newsgator subscription being synchronised between the mobile device and the web-hosted RSS feedreader, replicating the Read status between device and on-line version.
The software has been under development by the guys behind Smartread, bought by Newsgator earlier this year.
You can download the beta now. I run my own Newsgator Enterprise Server (NGES), and apparently the NGES has all the same APIs as the public server, so in theory a future version of this software could even synchronise with NGES too.
Currently I synchronise the Newsgator Enterprise Server with my Exchange Server, so I get all my feeds on my Pocket PC through ActiveSync. The result is the same in terms of synchronisation, etc - but not everyone can run this platform, so the Newsgator Mobile software is perfect for users of the web-based Newsgator service.
Also this is a most important issue, as explained in the letter.
Dear AdSense Publisher,
There's a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called "net neutrality" – and the outcome of this debate may very well impact your business. Therefore, we are taking the unprecedented steps of calling your attention to this looming crisis and asking you to get involved.
Sometime in the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill would give the big phone and cable companies the power to choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.
Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access to everyone else. On the Internet, a business doesn't need the network's permission to communicate with a customer or deploy an innovative new service. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all broadband Internet access, want the power to choose who gets onto the high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build tollbooths to block the on-ramps for those whom they don't want to compete with and who can't pay this new Internet tax. Money and monopoly, not ideas and independence, will be the currency of their Internet.
Under the proposed "pay-to-play" system, small- and medium-sized businesses will be placed at an automatic disadvantage to their larger competitors. Those who cannot afford the new Internet tax – or who want to compete directly with the phone and cable companies – will be marginalized by slower Internet access that will inevitably make their sites less accessible, and therefore less appealing.
Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Imagine an Internet in which your access to customers is constrained by your ability to cut a deal with the carriers. Please call your representative in Congress at 202-224-3121. For more information on the issue, and more ways to make your voice be heard, visit www.ItsOurNet.org.
Thank you for your time, your concern and your support.
CEO of Google Inc.
P.S. -- If you are unsure of who represents you in Congress, you can look them up by zip code at http://www.house.gov. And if you would like to stay informed about this issue, and other policy issues affecting Google, you can opt-in to our policy mailing list at http://groups-beta.google.com/group/googlepolicy/subscribe (powered by Google Groups).
You can also find out more about this on this Google page on Net Neutrality.
All other search engines together had 7% of the total search market.
The report says
Google continues to lead the three major search engine providers in market share of executed searches, garnering more than half of the total volume of searches in May for the U.S. As the volume of searches stabilizes across the top three search engines, the battle to supplement search with additional services and win the loyalty of Internet users becomes critical.
Google Spreadsheet, Google Calendar, Google Mail, Google Earth, Google Finance, Google Video, Google Talk, Google Pack, Google Analytics, Google Blogger, Google Page Creator and more...
The message would be delivered instantly or a scheduled retry would kick in. Then SMS came into CDMA world, and Quickchat was all but (almost) forgotten. It is still alive (I think) and the web page is still there. I even met some people during some Windows Mobile User Group meetings that actually prefer to use Quickchat than SMS. It's voice after all, with all the impressions and nuances this medium provide, not the cold SMS lingo.
I also worked in another project, for a Latin American telco, where one could send a SMS to any number, and a text-to-speech engine would deliver it as a voice message, with the same scheduled retry idea.
Skip 9 years, and I see this press release:
Glenayre Messaging, a division of Glenayre Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEMS) and a global leader in providing next-generation messaging solutions and enhanced services, announced that VoiceSMS capability will be available on its leading Versera ICE(tm) next-generation messaging platform in the third quarter of 2006. Versera(r) VoiceSMS combines the fidelity of voice mail with the ease of SMS, which allows subscribers to move beyond the limitations of text messaging and provides a new and richer communications experience. The company will demonstrate Versera VoiceSMS for the first time at the CommunicAsia exhibition in Singapore, June 20-23, 2006. (Glenayre stand 4E3-01).
With VoiceSMS, subscribers simply dial a short code and a destination phone number then leave a voice message in an easier and faster way than typing out an entire message on the mobile keypad. The recipient gets an SMS message notifying them that they have a VoiceSMS message, which can be played by selecting the link provided in the SMS message.
Oh well... Reinventing the wheel, add a couple of bells, and we have a new car, right?
Just check this link for the video (links to Windows Vista Beta after the logo below): http://hive.net/Member/forums/16124/ShowThread.aspx#16124
An important step before you download the Windows Vista is to check compatibility and other stuff. Please read this page before downloading: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx
This Beta 2 release is now available in three languages (English, German, and Japanese) and in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.
When you register for the Customer Preview Program you will receive the Beta 2 release plus Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) — the next major pre-release of Windows Vista — when it is available later this year. The information on this page pertains to both Beta 2 and RC1.
The Customer Preview Program is available in a limited quantity both through download and DVD kit ordering. Once the allotted quantity has been reached the program will be closed and no new orders will be accepted.
There are two ways to get Windows Vista Beta 2:
- Order the DVD kit and have it shipped to your home or office.
- Download the ISO file to your PC (An ISO file is an exact representation of a CD or DVD, including the content and the logical format. Once you download the ISO file, you’ll need to burn it to a DVD before you can install the software.)
Again, this is the link you need: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx
It took about four days to upload these 5.7GB. My current connection at home is 10Mbps download/2Mbps upload, so this can give you the idea of traffic.
The service costs US$5/month for unlimited storage, so it should be a good off site strategy. Better than copying to an external drive and sending it to some friend's place. At least it is more readily available if I need to restore anything in an emergency.
And 8 weeks later, the first smile captured:
Some of you know I visit Astoria, Midland Park in Wellington, every Wednesday, from about 1pm. Since I work from home it's good to come to town and have time to meet some people face to face.
Both Microsoft and Vodafone are located on this building, and for being central is easy for other people to come and join me for lunch or coffee. Astoria has both Cafenet and Telecom NZ Hostpost Wi-Fi services, so I can bring my Tablet PC and work in between meetings.
They make one of the best coffee in town, perhaps not as good as Cafe L'affare, but I don't go there often because is out of the way for other people meeting me. Cafe L'Affare is very good for brunches on Saturday, but they are not open on Sunday. Next to Cafe L'Affare there's the Brooklyn Bakery, which is very child friendly (which is something we need now).
Back to Astoria, they also make one of the best steaks around, if you want them at lunch time.
If you are in town on any Wednesday you can either go there directly or simply contact me or post a comment to confirm I will be there.
For years this was the only webmail I used, and used it for mainly registration in on-line forums. Then I got Hotmail (because of MSN Messenger mainly) and finally GMAIL.
I was just reading my Mailcity e-mails and, surprise, Lycos/Mailcity are upgrading the accounts. The basic free service (ad sponsored) will jump from 5MB to 3GB (yes, from 5 megabytes to 3 gigabytes). And there is no more limits on the size of invidual e-mails.
That's not bad...