The Dream Internet The internet is mostly a dystopian technological nightmare. The irony, or course, is that it was invented to deal with an apocalyptic dystopian nightmare in the guise of nuclear war. What is that old phrase about the road to hell being paved with good intentions? Right. So what’s wrong with it?
Machines of the Internet Well, the first thing that’s wrong with the internet has to do with the technology used to access it.
Adobe Flash In the early days of the internet, multimedia effects were not a simple thing to accomplish. I can remember having to make specific graphics for down states and up states for buttons, and doing clever manipulations with tables to get a page to display in a way that made it more interactive than HTML really had the ability to support. Everybody, though, was clamoring to get a website although nobody seemed to really know what that meant.
A 21st Century Declaration of Independence for the United States of America and A Constitutional Foundation Which Scales for Online Communities A 21st Century Declaration of Independence for the United States of America and A Constitutional Foundation Which Scales for Online Communities JB Schirtzinger American History And Natal Charts The history of America is an interesting one, and there are no shortage of versions of what caused the American Revolution to occur.
Making The Internet Great Again Since I am old enough to remember the world without the internet, I am aware that that makes me an increasing rarity. I am here defining the internet as “Not DARPA” which existed long before the 1990’s. I am talking about the AOL Compuserve dial-up modem internet of yore. So, my generation sits at precisely the cutoff between world without internet, and world with more internet than we really know how to utilize.
Distilled Buddhist Teaching From Elsewhere Five Things to Consider Before Speaking
Now we arrive at another of the Buddha’s teachings on right speech: The five things you should consider before speaking.[v] Is what you’re about to say:
Factual and true Helpful, or beneficial Spoken with kindness and good-will (that is, hoping for the best for all involved) Endearing (that is, spoken gently, in a way the other person can hear) Timely (occasionally something true, helpful, and kind will not be endearing, or easy for someone to hear, in which case we think carefully about when to say it)
Something Is Rotten In Stripe Land As I have shown elsewhere in a long correspondence with Stripe elsewhere, I got the rug yanked out from supporting my small church with small books in a most puzzling manner. First, the accusation was crowdfunding, and after that was all cleared up as rubbish, some generic “you are too risky to do business with” garbage followed. Well, I think I found the issue.
Meditation Book A La Carte I have decided to release the e-versions of my book on meditation completely free. There is a catch, though. You gotta download it in torrent form! Why? Because really, if we want a better internet, we should start just doing it ourselves. Torrents are peer to peer meaning you do not have the middle man of the server acting like some sort of traffic cop between the person getting the file, and the person sending the file.
Back When The CDC Did Not Suck Back in the mid-nineties, the CDC was at its height. I remember seeing many of their materials scattered about amongst the web, but I particularly remember a piece of software that allowed one total control over a Windows 95 machine–it was appropriately named Back Orifice.
What made them different, back then, was they were combining two things that no one had really thought to do before.
Long Correspondence with Stripe To augment our income for our church, I decided I’d start selling some of my used books through my website. Stripe is who we used as a church credit card payment processor, so I figured they would work just as well for used books. After giving them a lot of what I felt to be a bit intrusive information about the nature of my business, I got the following email from them:
The Web BeforeTime Back in the early days of the web, there was an effort to make online communities. They called them “dungeons” and since there were usually more than one person involved in the server, they added multi-user on the front of it. Put together, you had a multiuser dungeon or a MUD. These dungeons hosted programmed content that created a virtual world. This was rather like a primitive version of Second Life with no graphics.