Internet Big Business – 1, Internet Users – 0

Why we need Net Neutrality on Biology of TechnologyUPDATE – 1/15/2014

Based on the anti-Net Neutrality ruling from 1/14/2014, here’s a post that explains why we need Net Neutrality:

On 4/6/2010 a U.S. appeals court ruled against the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.  This is a defeat for Internet freedom advocates and Internet users.  But for big corporations, the same people who crashed our financial systems, this is a large win.

Here are two blog posts I wrote about the Net Neutrality that goes into more detail about his issue.
http://www.biologyoftechnology.com/2009/10/net-neutrality-is-back/
http://www.biologyoftechnology.com/2008/07/net-neutrality-is-a-big-opportunity-for-big-business/

Here’s one of the many videos on YouTube that explain Net Neutrality.

If greedy corporation get their hands on the Internet to impose their will then you can kiss good-bye to the Internet as you know it.  In the world of a business controlled Web then there is nothing to stop Comcast (or any ISP) from charging tolls and fees to access specific websites.  Imagine a Facebook fee added to your ISP bill because you use a lot Facebook, or certain website painfully slow unless you purchase the “gold level” package from your ISP.  It could happen!

Before you start waving your “No Big Government” banner at me, consider this.  We have laws to protect blocks of land as national parks so everyone can enjoy them.  Otherwise big business would have bought the Grand Canyon and turn it into a billion dollar real estate development exclusively for the super wealthy.  Net Neutrality is a proposed set of laws to provide the similar protection for the Internet.  Without it we could see Internet access controlled by big business and special interest.

This is not a right-left political issue.  This is a free speech issue.  So before you hop on whatever political train-of-thought you ride, I strongly encourage you to think this through for yourself.  Be a free thinker and support a free Internet!

Support Net Neutrality or Kiss the Internet Good-bye

Support Net Neutrality for wired AND wireless. Without Net Neutrality you can kiss good-bye to the Internet as you know it.  Be a free thinker and support a free Internet!

While Net Neutrality may not sound sexy, it may be the most important free speech issue of our time.  Here’s a video describing why we need Net Neutrality.

The FCC is taking up the Net Neutrality debate for broadband and wired connections.  This discussion needs to be extended to include wireless.

Without Net Neutrality greedy corporation will monitor your online activities and charge you more to access certain websites.  For example, you will see extra fees on your ISP and wireless bill charging you every time you access Facebook.

Big corporation like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are spending millions trying to convince you that net neutrality is bad.  They inaccurately link it with the Tea Party’s anti-big government philosophy.  Nothing could be farther the truth.  You mean big business is lying to us to increase their profits.  What a shock!

Before you start waving your “No Big Government” banner, consider this.  We have laws to protect blocks of land as national parks so everyone can enjoy them.  Otherwise big business would have bought the Grand Canyon and turn it into a billion dollar real estate development exclusively for the super wealthy.  Net Neutrality is a proposed set of laws to provide the similar protection for the Internet.  Without it we could see Internet access controlled by big business and special interest.

This is not a right-left political issue.  This is a free speech issue.  So before you hop on whatever political train-of-thought you ride, think this through for yourself.

Now is the Time for a Mobile Responsive Website

The Internet is going mobile.  Don’t get left behind.  If you do not have a mobile responsive website, now is the time.

Click here to learn more about mobile responsive design and if your website has mobile responsive properties.

The following data shows that the future is mobile, and the mobile Internet is here and growing fast.

The mobile Internet is here and growing fast.  Mobile responsive design featured on Biology of Technology

Consider the following:

  • Nearly 2 in 3 users are unlikely to return to a mobile site where they had trouble and 40% said they’d visit a competitor’s mobile site instead.
  • There are 7 billion people in the world. About 2 billion people are connected to the Internet. And 1 billion have smartphones where they can (and will) access the mobile web.
  • Users take action on mobile-friendly sites. 1 in 5 website visits lead to an immediate call to the business.
  • Users expect their mobile experience to be as good as their desktop experience.
  • By 2015, more Americans will access the Internet on their mobile device than on their PC.

If you’re having a difficult time deciding whether it is worth it to take the mobile responsive leap, you risk losing business.

Click here to contact TechAdvocate Solutions to help you with a mobile responsive website.

Don’t Get Left Behind!

 

Holiday Rube Goldberg Amazing Machine from Vintage Toys

Holiday Rube Goldberg Amazing Machine from Vintage Toys on Biology of TechnologyThis viral video ties together vintage toys in a Rube Goldberg fashion.  It brings back a lot of good Christmas morning memories.

Starting with Mousetrap (a Rube Goldberg toy), it’s a trip down Christmas memory lane with retro toys that includes a slinky, a toy train, dominos, a stick bomb, LEGO bricks, playing cards, windup toys, Scrabble tiles, and even a Mr. Potato overseeing the project.

Photobomb Backgrounds

Photobomb: Any time the background of a picture hijacks the original focus.

Photo tip:  Make sure the background of you picture stays in the background!

Here are some awesome photobomb backgrounds:

Photobomb on Biology of Technology

Anal Kingdom – Don’t Turn Around!

Photobomb on Biology of Technology

Photobombed by Jesus

 

Photobomb on Biology of Technology

Grooms gone wild

 

Photobomb on Biology of Technology

The excitement of the first day of hore (whore) school.

 

Photobomb on Biology of Technology

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

Geek Gifts for Techies

Geek Gifts for Techies featured on Biology of TechnologyEveryone has a least one techie in their life.  It’s a matter of tech survival.  But geeks are in demand, so how can you insure you get moved to the front of the queue the next time your PC crashes and you call your geek friend for tech support?
Solution – a Holiday gift for the geek(s) in your life. 

But what do you get a techie for Christmas that doesn’t seem like something that escaped from the island of misfit toys?

Sheldon’s T-shirts from The Big Bang Theory

Geek Gifts for Techies featured on Biology of TechnologyGeeks love t-shirts.  And geeks love The Big Bang Theory (who doesn’t).  The Sheldon’s T-shirts website features the best t-shirts worn by Sheldon and Leonard, plus Howard’s belt buckles, and cool stuff seen on the show.  (Periodic Table shower curtain, anyone?)

http://www.sheldonshirts.com/

 

ThinkGeek

The ThinkGeek website is Nerdvana of cool geeks gifts.
It serves the market that is passionate about technology, from programmers, engineers, students, lovers of open source, to the masses that helped create the behind-the-scenes Internet culture.
So just about anything on this website will be an awesome techie gift.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/

The ThinkGeek light sabers look amazing.  If you give this as a gift, the Force will be with you in the eyes of your techie buddy and you will always be on the top of the list when you need tech support.

 

Geek Gifts for Techies featured on Biology of TechnologyKleargear – Where Geeks Rule

Geared toward the working techie, the Kleargear website features stuff you can use in the office.  It boasts that it has hard-to-find geek items.

The Batman Desktop Bat Signal is something any geek would want on their desk.

http://www.kleargear.com/

 

A geek gift is a great way to say thanks for tech support favors.

Tips for Using Snagit

Tips for Using Snagit on Biology of TechnologyThe Snagit screen capture program makes it is easy to grab an image or video of what is displayed on a computer screen.  Then it can be edited and resided for a website or blog.  Snagit is easy to use.  But it still helps to have some tips for this friendly tool.

Here are some links to help use Snagit.

Video Intro to Snagit

Biology of Technology Article on Snagit

Snagit Documentation

YouTube Snagit instructional video

 

 

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