BellSouth vs. Google – Round 1

What about the customers? Companies all too often play chicken. It is the consumers who get screwed. A few years ago, a Sun vs. Microsoft disagreement meant no adequate Java Runtime Environment for the brand new Windows XP personal computers for months. Developers for online classes often tap Java for mini-applications (HTML editors, chat, file managers, etc.). No Java? May as well find an old computer that does or drop or fail. Sorry….

The Jeff Pulver Blog: Jeff Pulver to Eric Schmidt: Turn the Tide – Turn off BellSouth!

Given the market power that Google has today, they are more relevant to the Internet community than BellSouth. Given that, if I were running Google today, I would choose to implement a BellSouth Boycott and stop offering access to Google to BellSouth customers and would start advertising Cox Cable service on any requests that came from BellSouth customers in their regions. I’m willing to wager that by Q3 2006, BellSouth’s DSL group will feel the effects of their grave error in judgment.

As the battle between the Internet Access Providers and Internet Application Providers rages on, it is the customers who will be hurt more than any of the underlying companies selling access or offering applications. Welcome to the game of Internet Chicken and the race to mutually assured destruction. Who will flinch first before it is too late?

Customers are not all as dumb as you think. Placing ads to BellSouth’s competitors on through the BS network would not convert many. They listen to people like me, who would view Google acting like a bully as very, very counter to what we like about Google. At that point, I would remove Google as our search engine of choice and drive my clients to Yahoo!

Democracy Matters

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The first grand democratic experiment in Athens was drivem by a movement of the demos–citizen-peasants–organizing to make the Greek oligarchs who were abusing their power accountable. Democracy is always a movement of an energized public to make elites responsible–it is at its core and most basic foundation the taking back of one’s powers in the fave of the misuse of elite power.
Cornel West in Democracy Matters, p. 68

I read this at lunch and have thought about it a bit. Something that strikes me about this quote is that I keep wanting to equate the Republican Party with the Greek oligarchs. Too much power centralized in one point makes one a target. This is the problem Windows and Internet Explorer enjoy.

Only a truly robust infrastructure can withstand the attacks from below. Many like to think they are robust. In actuality, very little can withstand such attacks.

Time Traveler Convention

Sent this to some people at work last week for laughs.

We need you to help PUBLICIZE the event so that future time travelers will know about the convention and attend. This web page is insufficient; in less than a year it will be taken down when I graduate, and futhermore, the World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently. We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention. This convention can never be forgotten! We need publicity in MAJOR outlets, not just Internet news. Think New York Times, Washington Post, books, that sort of thing. If you have any strings, please pull them.
The Time Traveler Convention – May 7, 2005

Another One Bites the Dust

<sarcasm>I agree that I only wanted to be a bike messenger because of my idol, Puck, on The Real World.</sarcasm> In this article, How The Internet Has Changed The Bike Messenger Business, it indicates that bike messengers are getting killed by the ubiquitousness of email. Perhaps another step forward should be taken. Technology has made it way too easy to send files to others. This allows people to infect their computers, easily send confidential documents to the wrong recipients, and other acts of poor impulse control.

Internet Multiplayer

Playing online Halo PC is not really fun when there are superb (professional quality) players at a game and make sure everyone else knows they can beat you at whim. I played on a server last weekend where one side was a clan. The other side on which I ended up player were obviously not very experienced playing together on a team. We were slaughtered quite badly until I was left alone for a second to calm down because I was all alone.

I snagged a car, drove full force into their Blood Gulch base, killed 2 on the way into the base, grabbed the flag, killed the same 2 on the way back to my base, took an obfuscated route back their sniper on my base did not anticipate, juked just enough to avoid getting killed by him, and scored the point.

I was very elated and still laughing less than a minute later when I was banned.

Kicking the butts of 4 on my own by picking a great, unexpected tactic is “teh win”!!