A Series Of Tubes

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  A Series Of Tubes
March 27, 2008
  TV airwaves: the way of the futurePDF files may take a moment to load

The technology that promises to open up a new Internet broadband pipe worldwide-dubbed TV white space-has become a hot topic of debate in the United States, pitting computer and Internet technology industries against television broadcasters and manufacturers of wireless audio systems.


March 06, 2008
  Maximum bandwidth exceededPDF files may take a moment to load

I remember watching Saved By the Bell as a kid thinking Zach Morris' mobile phone was totally awesome. I couldn't wait until I could have a phone I could carry around wherever I wanted. The brick-sized phone from the early '90s has since become an icon of the dawning of an era of increased connectivity to the rest of the world, and comes with a certain degree of hilarity when we consider our colour-screened, text-message-sending, movie-capturing, Internet-browsing, chocolate-bar-shaped cellular phones we have today.


February 28, 2008
  [Cyber]space, the final frontierPDF files may take a moment to load

The Internet has become one of the most popular media of communication in the world, allowing its users to develop, organize and exchange ideas. It has become a community that has its own dialect and etiquette, rules both written and unwritten. Many have come to love the freedom associated with the Internet. Anyone, anywhere at any time can contribute something-whether it is of value is another question. Nowhere else in the world can you find the freedom found on the electronic ether.


January 31, 2008
  Music industry almost comes aroundPDF files may take a moment to load

If the idea of the music industry caving and giving in to the piracy community by providing free and legal music downloads sounds to good to be true, that's probably because it is. Qtrax, a new website launched Sun. claimed to be doing just that this week, dropping the names of four major labels-Warner, Universal, Sony BMG and EMI-said to be backing the music website that planned to use peer-to-peer sharing to distribute music. By Mon. afternoon, all four labels had denied signing any deals with Qtrax.


January 24, 2008
  Microsoft a leaky boatPDF files may take a moment to load

Blogs and Internet forums were busy this week with rumours of a new Windows operating system codenamed Windows 7, following a report on news website TG Daily. The news site claimed "several industry sources" have confirmed shipment of the Milestone 1 code to key partners for validation.

TG Daily also reportedly received a roadmap confirming Microsoft's plan to release the new operating system for the latter half of 2009. This comes a year earlier than the current official projected release date of Windows 7.


January 17, 2008
  Svedeesh Puretes! Bork Bork Bork!PDF files may take a moment to load

While the debate over copyright law rages on in Canada, elsewhere steps were taken in the right direction after seven Swedish members of parliament put forward a proposal to decriminalize file sharing altogether. In an opinion piece published in Swedish daily newspaper Expressen, the seven MPs defended their position.


December 06, 2007
  Facebook makes the naughty list after ruining ChristmasPDF files may take a moment to load

Over 50,000 people protested Facebook's invasion of privacy last month following the release of the Beacon advertising platform. The controversial program tracks the browsing and purchase history of Facebook users on over 40 websites, and publishes them in the user's news feed. Many users of the social networking site were unaware the advertising program even existed, and were angered when Christmas purchases were published for their friends and family to see without approval.


November 15, 2007
  The Internet is a dark and terrible placePDF files may take a moment to load

The hot topic of the opening day at this year's Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 12 was all about the United States' control of core Internet systems. Although much of the day was concerned with the rules around domain naming services, countries like China, Russia, Brazil and Iran are still a little uncomfortable with the idea of Americans controlling these systems, and with good reason.


November 08, 2007
  End of the linePDF files may take a moment to load

In an era of people concerned about protecting themselves from identity theft, it's surprising that many don't read contracts before agreeing to them. With an average 250,000 new users signing up with Facebook every day, the volume of personal information that is being collected, organized and archived is difficult to imagine.


October 04, 2007
  Not the Apple of my eye...PDF files may take a moment to load

A week ago, the power adapter for my MacBook Pro died. Sitting just outside of warranty, this came as a bit of an annoyance. Still, I wasn't bothered too terribly by it. After all, I could just go out and buy a new power adapter for my laptop, right?




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