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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.
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?
Well now I know this part of the story. Thx, Joe!
Richard Stallman comments on Palladium, and Open Source computing.
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.
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.
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