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Tuesday, October 22, 2002

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Accessibility - the weird

My new television does this on channel 15 with rabbit ears. It is a Toshiba with a VCR and a DVD player.

why is my tv trying to surf?

Thanks to Joe Clark the problem is solved

Your TV is set to Text2, that is, the Text channel of Line 21, Field 1 captioning. That's where they hide TV Crossover Links, i.e., Microsoft WebTV (and compatible) Web links.
> line 21?
Line of the TV picture where captions reside.
> field 1 captioning?
Every frame is actually made up of two fields. Fields 1 and 2 can carry separate caption streams. Each of the streams has four variants: CC1, CC2 (two sets of captions); Text1, Text2 (two sets of full-screen text). I am slightly mangling the terminology for simplification.

Well now I know this part of the story. Thx, Joe!

Personal Computing

Richard Stallman comments on Palladium, and Open Source computing.

Who controls your computer?
read here - go there
Source: Syney Morning Herald

Public Communication

A letter to the FCC on why the telephone companies need to die. Here are some takeaways:

Resist at all costs the telephone industry's calls for bailouts. The policy should be one of "fast failure."
Acknowledge that non-Internet communications equipment, while not yet extinct, is economically obsolete and forbear from actions that would artificially prolong its use.
Discourage attempts by incumbent telephone companies to thwart municipal, publicly-owned and other communications initiatives that don't fit the telephone company business model.
Accelerate FCC exploration of innovative spectrum use and aggressively expand unlicensed spectrum allocation.

Notable are the signatories to this letter. They can add my name too.

A Letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell:
read here - go there
Source: netparadox.com


Online advertising doesn't work well. Pop-Ups are being killed at an astonishing rate. Blockers are killing images based on size, position and content. A recent interview at Context with Gordon Crovitz, the guy who runs the Wall Street Journal Online, with 625,000 Paying customers notes;

We donít promise we will target all the red-haired women in Des Moines whose fathers were in the Pacific during World War II. That may have been the early promise of the Internet, but it isnít really what advertisers want. What they want is to reach people who have shown some interest in a topic, who are qualified in some way to buy a particular product or service, and who therefore will find that a message resonates.

The concept of qualification is the part that companies are failing at bigtime.


It's Time to Stop the Music

I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
Because if You do not cut off their money they will cut off your Internet access. They have already killed Internet Radio.This is not about the short term pain of your favorite musician, they have already been screwed so royally that it is amazing that you can even recognize them.

It's Time to Stop the Music
read here - go there
Source: the head lemur

p i x e l v i e w

Shelley Powers
Some folks can work with technology, some folks can write, very few can do both. Shelley does.

p i x e l v i e w - Shelley Powers
read here - go there

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