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Sat, Aug. 30th, 2008 | 11:02 am  ‏‏␦ guilty slavezombie

Comcast under scrutiny

The other day I went on-line to purchase the album containing the song The light before we land—I liked it so much. I still tune in to watch Gunslinger girl too. I was so impressed by the song, the lyrics and the cartoon, I e-mailed a friend about it. It's hard for me to get into the groove of a song/CD because I really have to relate to it and if it wasn't for the anime series on IFC, I never would've discovered THE DELGADOS.

It's hard describing a song by E-mail if your friend is way overseas. What I did, however, was positively received. After having read the lyrics I sent, the reply was 'this song sounds good'. Because E-mail servers (somehow) don't allow .MP3 attachments, I did the next best thing, but my friend either has prehistoric music software, or .M4P files contain something in them that don't allow downloading through a regular Internet hook-up. So, my friend of ten years, who lives in Erfurt, Germany, informed me that her web browser prompted her to download another music player which she didn't want to do. I went out of my way to convert the .M4P to .MP3 using my handy dandy prehistoric laptop running SoundJam software. I then used one of my PWP accounts and uploaded it. I sent the URL, and I even tried the link at a random work station PC at the office. I got back to my friend about the unsnarled link but I haven't heard from her yet.

As soon as I hear from her, I be taking down this file, man… http://berniesterling.home.att.net/the_light_b4_we_land.mp3 it just seems like a waste of memory space, not to mention bandwidth. God forbid I start hitting high Internet traffic from peeps taking advantage of my personal correspondence. A Reuters article, by journalist Yinka Adegoke, just came to my attention. It addresses bandwidth usage rules with some Internet service providers.

❝cable and phone companies have been considering various techniques to limit or manage heavy usage❞

I couldn't remember the technical title for the company that installs my DSL connection other than that that it started with a "C" (Covad), but more importantly, my paranoia started kicking in as this article couldn't have come to light at a more opportune time. Ironically enough, I discovered a way around the e-mail server restrictions against sending .MP3 attachments. Petra and I always used to swap .MP3s this way until somebody, somewhere in a corporate conglomerate, won a lawsuit on their investment and got legislatures to change everything. Now I only get x-mas CDs with song mixes of gothic metal; not really my cup of tea.

Interesting the way this article describes Comcast's position on the minority to justify their changing the "terms of agreement" web page on a whim. I wish I knew which ISPs are affiliated with ComCast, but here's an interesting read when you get a chance. Comcast to limit customers' broadband usage


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