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The real meaning of Comcast generosity


  In the old days – 10 years ago, I entered the "broadband" world as a DSL customer with GTE.  I started at 768 kbit/s service, and it was about $35/mo.  A lot has happened since then, GTE spat out Verizon, and eventually offered more speed for the same money.  Cable modem service was pretty […]

ID Theft, Good for Business


On their web site, the FTC estimates that "as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year."  There are 300 million people in the US… you can do the math.  On average, they say, you will likely be impacted by identity crime several times during your life. In the IT world, we’ve […]

"Here’s your dorm key and your RIAA bill…"


RIAA institutes collective billing practices? – If you managed to miss this week’s RIAA wrangling, you probably don’t use the internet.  Here’s the skinny: The RIAA has sent 405 so-called “pre-litigation” e-mails in various quantities to a group of 23 selected universities.  The RIAA has asked each university to identify and pass on the appropriate e-mail to […]

Tech Moronique: Identity theft, the HP way.


I was thinking to myself about how many setbacks the industry has had in the last few years, and how all those setbacks have a face… so I want to take a quick break, and celebrate the poster children of retrograde progress.  This month, Patricia Dunn.   I truly wish I could have been a fly on the […]