Tag Archives: internet

Tumblr doesn’t play nice

They say hindsight is 20/20, and often it’s vindicating.

I haven’t looked back since I switched from Tumblr to WordPress. Hosting my own blog is much more satisfying and I have much more control and flexibility over my content and its appearance. It’s reassuring to see that others have found the same.

So I realized last week that Tumblr doesn’t honor pingbacks/trackbacks; two friends linked to my blog and I got nothing. WordPress does them automatically, and I’d think Tumblr should (to fit the no-nonsense blogging platform that it is.) I guess it fits the somewhat solipsistic nature of Tumblogs, but it certainly doesn’t help build an online reputation.

Comcast starts enforcing bandwidth cap

Comcast Help & Support – Frequently Asked Questions about Excessive Use

Comcast has established a 250GB monthly data usage threshold for all residential Comcast High-Speed Internet accounts. This threshold will be in place to provide a clear definition of excessive use of the service.

The new monthly data usage threshold will go into effect starting October 1, 2008.

Starting tomorrow, Comcast will be enforcing a 250GB/month bandwidth cap on their residential internet customers.

There has been some clamor in the past about Comcast throttling their customers’ speeds, but of course there’s no mention here of that. Last I heard, they were going to continue that course of action as long as possible.

I do think 250GB/month seems pretty reasonable, and while I may suggest that those who oppose it on principle shop around for other internet providers, I don’t think I care that much at the end of the day.

The only thing that does concern me is how they plan on enforcing those that reach the limit:

[The excessive customer] may receive a call from Comcast’s Customer Security Assurance (“CSA”) group to notify them of excessive use.

If a customer who has been contacted by Comcast’s CSA team is contacted again for excessive use within six months of the first contact that customer’s service will be subject to termination for one year. […] If a customer’s account is terminated, after the one year period expires the customer may resume service by subscribing to a service plan appropriate to his or her needs.

Two strikes, you’re out? I can’t see myself even getting into this situation in the first place, but I can imagine scenarios in which this could happen inadvertantly. I don’t know, I guess I see nothing with a three-strike policy; allowing one more chance seems natural to me.

The internet and your attention

You are busy. You have many demands on your time and attention. Never, under any conditions, hesitate to ignore anyone or anything that’s not making good use of your attention. Ever.

The ever-insightful Merlin Mann. The first thing I did was to stop following him on Twitter; he asked for it. :)

I suppose this also means I should focus my RSS reading on things that will help me learn, will enlighten me, or a selective set of quality distractions (because—let’s face it—I will read Dinosaur Comics).

I also think that Facebook fits in here somewhere—their lack of RSS meaning I just shouldn’t bother visiting their site perhaps?—but in general, I do think that a lot of the social sites are the chief computer distraction for me (and I’m guessing Merlin too, as he brought it up).

Anything else I should consider? I’m a sucker for good reading online, on a variety of topics, but I also recognize the need to limit oneself.

Obama Mobilizing His Followers via Twitter

On the Web, Obama’s Twitter site now has more than 60,000 followers, who receive updates from Obama’s town hall meetings and links to his Web site.

The article also mentions that “Republican John McCain’s campaign, meanwhile, has not highlighted text messages,” Instead McCain is going old-school with viral YouTube videos, [sic] “McCain’s recent ‘Celeb’ ad, which compared Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, has received about 2 million hits on YouTube.”

via Twitter Blog: Mobilizing His Followers

My favorite part: the AP calling YouTube “old-school”.