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Episode 106: HBO I-got-my-password-from-my-parents

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We discuss HBO Go by way of Game of Thrones.

We also discuss net neutrality, and why it’s important. Like Netflix? Want HBO Go to not require a cable subscription? Well, you better start supporting net neutrality.

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Episode 99: Netflix v. Verizon

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Does your Netflix video quality look terrible? You’re not alone.

We discuss Netflix’s recent trouble with ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast. No matter how expensive of a plan you were paying for, Netflix was slow and looked bad. Because that’s how the ISPs role.

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The night the Internet went down

My Internet is down. Now I know what it feels like to be Paul Miller. What an animal.

While I hope not to find out what it is like to go an entire year without the Internet, I am lamenting my lack of Internet right now. My wife and I were planning on streaming a movie to our Apple TV. Without Internet, our collection of movies and TVs shows that we purchased and are storing in the cloud are inaccessible. Worthless.

This is one of the issues with relying on the cloud for storage. I have good (by U.S. standards) DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet at up 50 mbps. Speed I have plenty of.

But what good is all that speed if it’s not reliable?

I recently switched to RCN, so I don’t know how reliable it will be. This is the first outage I’ve encountered, but in my years if using Comcast, I can’t recall an outage this big (it’s not just me or my building that’s being affected but rather the entire area). The weather has been completely fine for weeks.

Yes, utilities go down, but Internet still seems to go down a lot more than electricity, water and gas. Why is this?

Interestingly, I can’t recall my cell phones Internet connection ever going down. I can remember the network being saturated and virtually unusable, but it was still a live connection. Is there something about our Internet grid that makes our local Internet ISPs unreliable?

Recently the Internet at my work went down for most of the day. Some cable had accidentally been cut. I can’t say that I ever recall the same happening with electricity. When electricity goes down there is usually an easy-to-spot reason, and a cable being sliced in half is usually not it. Most of the time when Internet goes down, it just doesn’t seem to make any sense.

The Internet is becoming a critical utility in many people’s lives, but it’s reliability is not treated like a utility. We are given reliability that is worse than Cable TV, which is hardly a serious utility.

My wife needs to do research this weekend for law school finals. She’ll have to go to a coffee shop to get work done, which is probably a bonus in some ways. Hopefully, the coffee shops in the area are using a different ISP.

On a less serious note, without the Internet this post is not being backed up to Dropbox (I should probably hook up a USB drive right about now). Godspeed if my machine crashes before the Internet comes back and all of you people miss this fantastic post). Alas, I guess I’ll have to spend the night not enjoying the Internet, and watch a movie that I have on hand.

It looks like I shouldn’t be in too big of a rush to put all of my movies, TV shows and songs in the cloud.

Episode 34: Manly boards

Jeremy talks about is manly Pinterest boards.

Apparently, everyone is pinning these days and Pinterest now the world’s third largest social network. I assume MySpace is still No. 1.

We also discuss online news orgs winning Pulitzer prizes. The times they are a changing.

We also rant again about net neutrality, and we discuss how young people are driving less today because of technology.

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Episode 8: Our cloud/streaming future — get excited, but be prepared to cry

This is our Net Neutrality episode, and it’s a great discussion about what could be and how that may not come to be.

We go into this whole big discussion about our cloud/streaming/awesome future that may be derailed by our terrible ISPs. So get excited — but be prepared to cry.

We ask some big questions:

  • Do younger generations who have never paid for music have interest in owning digital content? Are we exiting the age of ownership?
  • Can our Internet support our awesome cloud/streaming future?
  • Will streaming digital content and better user experiences vanquish piracy?

We kick off the show by asking, are people being too harsh with Google and the whole Google+ deleting users for not using their real names? We think that people should cut Google some slack during a field test.

And organizations? Well you knew from the start that Google was rolling out pages for organizations at a later date. So, really how upset should you be that your organization’s page was deleted?

Out of nowhere we kind of do an Apple TV review at the end of the show. We talk about whispers of NFL Sunday Ticket coming to Apple TV.

Also, I lecture people about how only stupid people use P2P services such as Limewire. Is your computer acting weird? Is it slow? Might be because you’re using a P2P service filled with malware and viruses.

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ISPs form new Copyright Alert System that will alert users of copyright infringement

This is a step in the right direction. Instead of just randomly suing people when a music label or movie studio suspects copyright infringement, ISPs will notify people that a copyright holder believes a copyright infringement has occurred:

The entity announced today that AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision have teamed up with the RIAA and MPAA in order to agree upon a six-stage notification system that’ll electronically alert internet users whenever their account is used for wrongful downloading.

Under no circumstances will this system result in your Internet being cut off. The UN considers Internet access a human right, and it shouldn’t be shutoff just because a company believes copyright infringement may have occurred. This new system is a lot more user friendly, and hopefully it will lead to less litigation and more education and awareness of what is and isn’t legal.

Episode 2: The cloud we long for

This week we start off talking about the cloud we could have, which is far more robust than iCloud promises or what Amazon, Dropbox, Microsoft or Google offer.

Imagine a world where you could store everything remotely — especially big files such as songs, video and photos — and mount them in native applications or high quality Web apps. You would be able to interact with these files like they were stored locally.

These services and others allow us to store data remotely, but a huge missing link is high quality Internet that would allow us to access these files quickly and seamlessly while on the go or at home. Even relatively fast home Internet doesn’t allow us to interact with our remotely stored media in the same manner as locally-stored content.

We talk about much more this week, including 1 Gpbs Internet, The Knight News Challenge, Internet use the and human brain and Pat’s Bank of America Twitter story.

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