Posts Tagged ‘ free ’

Pirate Bay for Sale, Sold!

I haven’t had a chance to give True Blood even a cursory examination, but this review reminds me that there’s still a lot of good TV I’m missing out on.

The Guardian | True Blood is biting into the Buffy effect

The connection to Buffy doesn’t hurt.

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Every so often there’s a review of some startup or other that catches my eye.  Epicenter on Wired.com has an interesting review right now of Google alternatives for search engines that makes for an interesting read. 

W I R E D Epicenter | Cool Search Engines That Are Not Google

The smartest one we found is Collecta. It scours the net for the most recent blog posts, news stories, tweets and comments and displays them in a continuous waterfall. It’s a torrent of information to keep track of, but if you are worried about your company’s online reputation or want the latest news on Iran, it’s indispensable.

Collecta makes me think of a beefier, richer version of the various RSS feed catchers I’ve tried over the months/years, but desguised as a search interface.  I’d like to reserve judgment until I’ve had more time to mess around with it, but at a glance it looks impressive. 

Keeping tabs on local news and events isn’t easy — even in the days of news aggregators. Enter Trackle. Think of it as a standing search engine that will notify you of news and events you want to know about. Want to follow stocks, know the weather, find news about your neighborhood, buy a treadmill on Craigslist, follow the big game while at work or find deals on specific products? Trackle searches constantly for you and sends you emails or text messages (your choice) when Apple stock falls or your team scores a run. The interface is clunky, but the idea of a search robot beats the hell out of an RSS feed any day.

After having a look at Trackle, I’m a bit iffy.  This is basically what I use Twitter for.  I think the idea of a search bot personalized to your interests is a worthwhile one, but the service needs to be refined.  It is a beta, though; Trackle is worth keeping an eye on, if only to see what developments will come out of it over time.

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7.7 Million. 

That’s the price of a Pirate Bay.  The new owners of the website hope to turn it into a profitable and legitimate venture.  I’m thinking the odds are against them, but who knows?  It looks like they’ve put some serious thought into their business model: 

W I R E D | After Sale, Can Pirate Bay Survive?

This comes on the heels of the much-publicized trial of The Pirate Bay’s original owners, now each facing 1 year of jail time and $3.5 million in fines.  (I feel frankly, like many, that outcome was a disappointing step backward in the realm of electronic copyright.)

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The Cyberlit Blog…In Exile

(Let’s all thank Wil Wheaton for providing us a model to emulate when faced with the cruel shifting tides of Fortune’s intertubes.)

This blog used to be on my own domain at cyborgia.net, but hey! we’re in a recession, and really the $12 a month I was paying Yahoo! for hosting and for the domain was frankly back-breaking.  These are lean times!  $12 in this economy could buy me 6 boxes of Kraft Dinner, or 3 Big Macs!  It’s really all about keeping a lid on that bigger picture.

Since WordPress offers free blogs and as I had a few entries from the old wordpress blog I wanted to keep, I felt this was the better alternative.  (The other alternative would have been tossing my PC off the balcony, tearing the ethernet cable out of the wall, and donning my tinfoil hat so that I’ll get the signal from the mothership when the invasion begins.)  Over the next few days you’ll notice back-dated entries appearing…  Don’t worry, these are just the exiles.

As you may recall (or not, if this is your first visit), This blog originated as a resource for my English Honours Tutorial in Fall 2006, when I was researching cyberliterature as a development in artistic forms of expression at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. It continues on as my personal blog, spanning the range of my interests. I enjoy the usual things– reading all kinds of books, writing bad science-fiction, fluffy kitties, samurai movies, walks on the beach (yes, I am a walking, talking, geeky cliché). I am, without reservation, a nerd, a fact probably best evidenced by this very blog as well as the misguided notion that maintaining a blog somehow makes me at least a little ‘hip’. I have active interests in internet culture and the evolving role of technology in daily practice, and generally speaking, the blog tends to be a catalogue of artifacts that represent both of these.

‘White Spaces’ – Shining hope for the future of the internet

Google Public Policy Blog | Introducing the White Spaces Database Group

As the Commission made clear in its ruling, a working white spaces database must be deployed in order for consumer devices to be available in the market. Before sending or receiving data, devices will be required to access this database to determine available channels in the vicinity. Combined with spectrum sensing technologies, use of a geo-location database will offer complete protection to licensed signals from harmful interference.

With this mandate in mind, this morning we joined Comsearch, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, and Neustar to launch the White Spaces Database Group.

The first steps have been taken to transform the soon-to-be defunct analog TV spectrum into a massive wireless broadband network.

For more info, here’s Google co-founder Larry Page and FCC chairman Kevin Martin at the Wireless Communications Association International Conference last November, talking about “white spaces” and the profound impact it will have on internet users throughout the United States:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D7dueHdWW8

I think there’s something poetic about taking the abandoned analog tv spectrum and turning it into an open wireless network, which will– one can hope– be free for all in exactly the same way analog tv signals were.