Category: Technology

Net Neutrality & The Internet Freedom Act

Net neutrality is nothing new if you are a geek. We want the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of the Internet to be nothing more than a “dumb pipe”. What that means is we don’t want the ISPs to be able to control what we are able to access, how fast we can access what we paid for, and they should offer the service at a reasonable price. John Wilbanks in the above video says that net neutrality means it is our “rights as an Internet user and we should have a right as an Internet user to have access to a neutral architecture that lets us innovate with no more restrictions than fulfilling the technical protocols.”

I am against the Internet Freedom Act and that might surprise you if you are not familiar with what the act actually stands for. I mean I give credit for naming the act something that people would oppose just by the name of it. Who would want to vote against Internet Freedom right? Well John McCain, the  man who almost won the presidency has introduced legislation that would prohibit the FCC from regulating the Internet.  Yes, the man who doesn’t even know how to use the Internet (see the video clip below) has introduced legislation about your Internet experience. Not to mention he has received more campaign dollars than any other politician from telecommunications companies (hmm coincidence he is introducing this legislation to help empower telcos…?)

What he is essentially proposing is broadband providers could limit the traffic to certain sites and protocols if it so desired. For instance many of you probably use Skype to talk to your friends and loved ones online. Well media companies and ISPs don’t like Skype because it allows you to have something for free which they would love to charge you for. What some ISPs have done and are still doing today is throttling your connection and even dropping packets so your Skype call or bittorrent connection is terminated sporadically. See here for more information on how Cox (in Canada) and Comcast in the US have throttled network connections.

Oh and yes Obama is for net neutrality. If you love the Internet and you want innovation of technology, we must stop this legislation.

Import Your LinkedIn Connections into Gmail’s Address Book

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I have been getting all of my contacts updated in my Gmail Address Book.  Last week I synced my Facebook contacts with Gmail and this week I learned LinkedIn has an address book exporter.

If you want to import your LinkedIn contacts with Gmail, here are the steps:

    1. Sign into LinkedIn.com
    2. Go to the address book exporter
    3. Export all of your contacts to a .csv file
    4. Open the CSV file in your favorite spreadsheet editor (Excel, OpenOffice etc)
    5. Delete any rows you don’t care about, or data that doesn’t exist in your Gmail address book
    6. Put a header row at the top of your spreadsheet to tell Gmail what each column of data represents.  For instance if “John” is in the column name that column “First Name”.
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    1. Save your spreadsheet somewhere handy like your desktop
    2. Open your gmail contacts and click the import link (top right-hand corner of the screen)
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  1. The rest is pretty intuitive so I’ll leave that up to you.  If you have any problems let me know.

Synch Your iPhone Contacts/Calendar With Google Via MS Exchange

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I don’t know why I didn’t already know this but I wanted to share with the world how to synchronize your iPhone with Google Calendar and Google Contacts via MS Exchange.  If all of this is Greek to you, it basically means you can synch your Google services wirelessly via your cell service so updates you make via phone or web site are synchronized wherever you are in the world without having to connect your phone to your computer.  In testing it out I found it updated my data within a few seconds.  Google has written some easy to follow instructions so check it out!

Web 2.0 & Privacy: Gary Vaynerchuck’s View

Gary, I completely agree with you.  If you are a good person you have nothing to worry about with new technologies and if you have things you want to hide, good luck because you won’t be able to hide it for long.  Technology has helped me learn things about people I didn’t want to learn, find old friends, connect with others, and research people before I met them.  I have a very different outlook on privacy and “openess” than most people though.  I am really, really open and don’t have anything I won’t talk about but I know others are not that way and I have no problem with it.  So far I don’t think anyone or anything has “invaded” my privacy.  For instance I know a lot of people were up in arms about Google Street view.  If you are not familiar with Google Street View it is basically a car with a camera that drives down streets and takes 360 degree images of everything.  So if you go to Google Maps you can type in the address of your home and you may have a Google Street view of your entire street/community which I thought was cool.  It helped that I had just mowed my lawn and had the house looking really nice though.  :)  So has technology invaded your privacy yet or what are your thoughts?