Newsweek. Newsweek will cease print publication at the end of this year and become all digital. And there will be a pay wall.
We’ve seen this happening with lots of publications of course, but this is really huge. And there will be more to follow I’m sure.
When I worked in magazine publishing, which I did for many years, I did business with a number of the offset plants around the country who also printed Newsweek and Time. They were big companies those printers. No doubt in recent years, fewer plants and fewer personnel have been involved, so the damage won’t be as widespread as it once would have been, but damaging it will be to vendors of all stripes. Even today, Newsweek has been printing a million and a half copies every week.
Good news for the trees though.
First WordPress shut me out of multiple functions, something that’s been building over the last few days. I couldn’t even access the WP help forums and found no solace in outside forums. Deeply frustrated, I turned away and decided to make some calls.
Uh-oh. Dialing yields only a dial tone. I unplug and replug, I reboot, I turn off, I turn on. I change clothes and even re-comb my hair. Nothing. Nada. Sorry. Have a nice day.
So it was on to MagicJack live chat help – for a 53-minute long chat. That’s 53, as in fifty-three. They sent a few updates and did some remote resets. Once again there was much unplugging and replugging and even more rummaging around in Device Managers and such.
But they did it. Those sweet sweet kids in Bangladesh or wherever, fixed it. I am grateful.
So now one thing is fixed, but the WordPress problem sits there, waiting. More tries but it was just hitting a wall.
And yet here I am. Posting - because I decided to try the desktop. And voila! Everything works fine over here!
So the problem is in my laptop somewhere. And it is something beyond my ken. This may require a visit from the good Todd, he who fixes all things.
It is now four hours since I sat at my desk, four lost hours.
I’m going to have a Diet Coke.
This is the image I used in my own ‘tanning lady’ post - back when she was still a story. It turned out to be quite popular on teh google and lo, thus did those seekers-of-wisdom-and-truth come right here, right to Whatever Works. And lo, they left their delicious digital signatures, and lo, they did cause my May site stats to soar and climb to a great big number. (It was an outlier. I know. I know. But still . . . )
So now, as an experiment – only an experiment of course, there is nothing blog-whore-ey about it – I’m re-posting that very picture (or ‘gooble-bait’ as I call it) to see what happens.
I myself see this as important research that must be done, so yup, I am so doing it.
Romney was at an auto company yesterday, speechifying:
“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and . . . the companies got back on their feet . . . So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”
As liberals gear up the outrage over that one, the push back will be ‘but Gore said he invented the internet’!!! Which, of course, he never said. And what he did say was true.
To wit: as we now know, Gore was one of the first inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame cuz:
[he] was ”Instrumental in helping to create the ‘Information Superhighway,’ Gore was one of the first government officials to recognize that the Internet’s impact could reach beyond academia to fuel educational and economic growth as well.”
Posted in 2012 Elections, economy, History, internet, Politics, Romney
Tagged Al Gore, economy, elections, internet, Politics, Romney
Politico has the story:
Former Veep Al Gore is now getting a bit of credit for his infamous 1999 claim that “I took the initiative in creating the Internet”: He’ll be one of the first inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame
The names were announced Monday at the Internet Society’s Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and Gore was placed in the “Global Connectors” category for having “made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet.”
The group’s description of Gore states: “Al Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, was a key proponent of sponsoring legislation that funded the expansion of and greater public access to the Internet. Instrumental in helping to create the ‘Information Superhighway,’ Gore was one of the first government officials to recognize that the Internet’s impact could reach beyond academia to fuel educational and economic growth as well.”
Sure sounds to me like he took him some initiative there.
Except invent the internet. And computers. And other stuff. And then give the technology to American businesses to launch entirely new industries. Damn gubmint!
From wikipedia, here’s how it came to be:
ENIAC ( /ˈɛni.æk/; Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was the first general-purpose electronic computer. . . ENIAC was designed to calculate artillery firing tables for the United States Army‘s Ballistic Research Laboratory. When ENIAC was announced in 1946 it was heralded in the press as a “Giant Brain”. It boasted speeds one thousand times faster than electro-mechanical machines, a leap in computing power that no single machine has since matched. This mathematical power, coupled with general-purpose programmability, excited scientists and industrialists. The inventors promoted the spread of these new ideas by teaching a series of lectures on computer architecture.
The ENIAC’s design and construction was financed by the United States Army during World War II. The construction contract was signed on June 5, 1943, and work on the computer began in secret by the University of Pennsylvania‘s Moore School of Electrical Engineering starting the following month under the code name “Project PX”. The completed machine was announced to the public the evening of February 14, 1946 and formally dedicated the next day at the University of Pennsylvania, having cost almost $500,000 (nearly $6 million in 2010, adjusted for inflation).
Like so much Research & Development, it was financed with taxpayer dollars. We used to think that was a good way to spend money.
Posted in computers, Government, History, internet, taxes
Tagged computers, ENIAC, Government investment, internet, Moore School of Electrical Engineering, R & D, taxpayer funded research
Boy . . . I step away from the computer for a few days and bandersnatches sneak in to have some fun with my settings.
Suddenly I am unknown at youtube;, I need a password to sign in. I have tried repeatedly with the password I have on my little list. No go. Clicked the old ‘forgot my password button’. Set a new one. Tried to sign in again. No go. Tells me another user – me actually – already has my email address so I’ll need to set up a new google account. But hey, fellas! I have settings! I have favorites! I have some history here and I need access to it.
Any ideas? Is it because I forgot the oldie on Friday? Is this punishment?
From Sherri at A Feather Adrift. Meet SIWOTI, a new achronym, from xkcd.com:
(Update below) Wikileaks is now being mirrored on something like 750 sites (list here) world wide which pretty much guarantees continued access to their information. I don’t know if Sen. Lieberman (and now Sen. Diane Feinstein) are in the mood to go after web sites all over the world.
I just visited Wikileaks.ch (first time for me). Here’s something from their introduction page re the diplomatic cables which we’re unlikely to hear:
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret. [My note: that's 15,652 of the quarter million cables they have.]
And I’ll never stop saying this:
(It’s still about the banks guys. Wonder when that promised document dump from inside a ‘major US bank’ is coming?)
UPDATE: As of 11pm tonight, Wikileaks is being mirrored on 1005 sites – it doubled in a few hours. I’ll look in the a.m. and see what it’s up to.
While Google and Verizon and the confused FCC along with a clueless Congress start fighting over “internet, freedom of”, I’m having some odd online experiences over the last week. Everything is slower, page loading is so slow I swear the browser forgets where it was headed. And suddenly I get a lot of ‘page not found’ moments, even when using a back arrow to return to where I just was. This is entirely new.
At Kos today, an update of where things currently stand.
UPDATE: It seems the FCC is acting. A number of net neutrality organizations (especially CREDO) deluged the FCC over the last 24 hours. Here’s a story on it. It’s not entirely over, but this is progress.
This is very bad news. In fact, it has the potential to be destructive of our future and of our civil liberties and could contribute mightily to creating a new underclass. We live in an information society – impediments to giving information and receiving information would disappear for those who ‘can afford it’ or have power over it.
Awwwk! They're, they're, they're trying to shut me down!
The internet is the freest expression of human information and the most beautiful manifestation of true liberty I’ve ever experienced. For people living in countries without a free press, it is the best new tool they have to help them throw off their oppressors.
Free flow of information distributes power. Someone doesn’t want us to be able to do that.
Google, Verizon Said to Strike Deal on Web Traffic Rules
“. . . the compromise as described would restrict Verizon from selectively slowing Internet content that travels over its wires, but wouldn’t apply such limits to Internet use on mobile phones . . .”
Phones is where the Internet is going. And they know that. Does the FCC?
From Harper’s Index, April 2010:
Percentage change since 2008 in the average speed of an Internet connection worldwide: +14
Percentage change in the United States: -2.4