Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Didn't somebody say this would happen ....

This is what happens when all the little Telco's start collapsing into a few big behemoths.


AT&T: "Free Ride" For Google And Others Is Over

Carriers push for tiers, Google isn't buying

Now AT&T and Verizon have this idea about charging extra for large bandwidth users.

Ummmm Duh ..... Don't we already pay for bandwidth???

You go to an ISP, say "give me a T1" , or a T3, or some sort of frame circuit with a "committed data rate" meaning "the provider" commits to providing you a certain capacity and "you" commit to paying for that capacity whether you use it or not.

Let's also keep in mind that EVERYBODY in this equation has paid for what they're using. I have paid my ISP for my connection to the Internet. The service I connect to has paid for it's connection to the net. This isn't like a bookie running his operation out of a phone booth!

Granted, because of the way the internet works I or the service I connect to may not be paying the major telcos directly. For example My ISP is X, and Google Connects to Y, and X is connected to Y via AT&T. ISP X and ISP Y are paying AT&T for their connections. If the telcos think they're being treated unfairly they should renegotiate their contracts with the services that connect to them. The fact their calling this a "free ride" is ludicrous!!

This is like going to a gas station and buying gas .... you pay the attendant ... but then the truck driver that drove the tank truck to the station to deliver the gas says you have to pay him too. Didn't the gas station pay to have that gas delivered?? If not, it's not my problem .... sounds like a poor business plan on the part of the delivery driver.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 10:24 AM

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

My new avatar ....

Thanks Sam!!!

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 9:55 PM

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Friday, January 27, 2006

A guy walks into a bar ...

A man enters a bar and orders a drink. The bar has a robot bartender.

The robot serves him a perfectly prepared cocktail, and then asks him, "What's your IQ?"

The man replies "150" and the robot proceeds to make conversation about global warming factors, Quantum physics and spirituality, biomimicry, environmental interconnectedness, string theory, nanotechnology, and sexual proclivities.

The customer is very impressed and thinks, "This is really cool." He decides to test the robot. He walks out of the bar, turns around, and comes back in for another drink. Again, the robot serves him the perfectly prepared drink and asks him, "What's your IQ?"

The man responds, "about a 100."

Immediately the robot starts talking, but this
time, about football, NASCAR, baseball, supermodels, favorite fast foods, guns, and women's breasts.

Really impressed, the man leaves the bar and decides to give the robot one more test. He heads out and returns, the robot serves him and asks, "What's your IQ?"

The man replies, "Er, 50, I think."

And the robot says .. real slowly... "So............... ya gonna vote for Bush again?"

Thanks Bonnie!

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 12:28 PM

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

365 Days of Astronomy

What's Up 2006 - 365 Days of Skywatching
by Tammy Plotner
A free, downloadable ebook. Brought to you by Universe Today.

Something to look at everyday of the year .... Well if it isn't cloudy and rainy like tonight.

Universe Today is a pretty nice blog with an occasional podcast thrown in.

The servers at Universe Today are getting hammered with requests for this book so I copied it to my webspace where you can download it and give the UT servers a break.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 8:30 PM

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