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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”.