FCC Open Internet Ruling: A First Reaction

By Alex Pournelle

fccThe FCC finally released its “Net Neutrality” rules, a good three weeks after the vote. The ruling is over 300 pages, including commentaries and dissenting opinions (About which more later). There will be longer, more knowledgeable and in-depth commentary on the entire ruling; consider this my first take.

Officially titled “In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28”, the online version is here, download here. Unfortunately, a first read … Continue reading

October 2014 Column, Part 3

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Jerry concludes the October 2014 column  with some thoughts on Windows 10, and Winds Down with the Books of the Month and other short thoughts.

Windows 10

I have previously said that I am not greatly impressed with Windows 8. It now resides only on the Surface Pro 3; all our other machines either have Windows 7, or Windows 10 which is now available as a free trial upgrade to Windows 8. … Continue reading

October 2014 Column, Part 2

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Jerry continues the October column with with a discussion on “Precious” (Jerry’s Microsoft Surface Prod 3), Windows 8, Getting Some Work Done, and his struggles and (mostly) triumph over AutoCorrect in MS Word.

Precious, Windows 8, and Getting Some Work Done

I really like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It feels right and it’s the right size. The screen is bright and very readable. When it’s working properly it does so very well indeed. I like it … Continue reading

October 2014 Column, Part 1

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PLEDGE DRIVE

As I write this, KUSC, the Los Angeles Classical Music Station, is holding a pledge drive.  KUSC operates on the Public Radio model: it’s free to listen to, but it is listener supported, and without that support it will go away.  Chaos Manor Reviews works the same way.  We don’t pound you with ads, and I only annoy you with pledge drives when KUSC holds theirs.

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September 2014 Column – Part 4

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The final installment of the September Chaos Manor Reviews column discusses SD cards, and winds down with the Books and Movies of the Month.

 SD Cards

Years ago I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-30 camera. It works just fine, but it came out just as the SD card standard was being published. The original SD standard was 2 Gigabytes, but when my camera came out a 100 MB card was pretty big. Over time various … Continue reading