My experience with parenting a very online fourteen year old girl is the younger you acclimate them to being online the more comfortable they are in dealing with online advances. It’s an annoyance to the kids I know. Kinda like the old geezer in a long raincoat in a park, they know instinctively to stay away, he’s no fun. So, rather than expecting my kids to live in a shell, I expect them to know what’s right and what’s not. And, I keep a close eye on who they are talking to and why. When they know you are doing that, the rest gets a lot easier.
Now, in my opinion, researching WHO is contacting teens they don’t know is more important than spending time and resources to figure out that people online get more text contacts than people not online. Someone send me some money so I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that people with telephones get more phone calls than people without telephones. OK?
I had several videos here hosted by Bolt.com. That’s not good as Bolt shut down yesterday due to bankruptcy. I’ll re-post them later. Really a shame too. Bolt was actually one of the pre-cursors to Myspace, Xanga, and the like. However, they did it several years before social networking caught on. Sometimes, and more often than not, it’s a curse to be ahead of your time. Now, I did use Bolt some. But, over the last year or so I used it less and less. The problem I had with Bolt was it did a lot of things, but nothing particularly well. That, more than being ahead of their time, I think doomed them. The internet is a vicious place. You can be on top of the world today, but out of business the next week. In order to stay alive, you have to keep adopting and evolving. Those that do last a long time. Those that don’t, well, don’t.
Not according to Google. As of tomorrow, if you bought a video from Google Video, it won’t work anymore. Just for chucks and giggles, and to amuse my son, we “bought” the Choo-Choo episode since he loves trains. We watched it and watched it. As of tomorrow, I’ll have to tell him Google won’t let him watch it any more.
So, I’m stuck in a predicament. Do I disappoint my child who wants to watch what he paid for? Or, do I download it and he lives happily ever after? I already know what my decision is, please tell me what you would, or intend to do.
Sales of the National Enquirer and Weekly World News have dropped by about half over the last three or so years so they decided to go strictly online. They realize the challenges of print media have changed and are losing money fast. My question is what took so long? This kind of goofball conspiracy theory and fantasy reporting has THRIVED on the internet for years now. A lot, if not most people, actually cite this stuff as fact. Weekly World News should fit in just fine now. However, do realize guys, that you have a LOT of competition here. Citing stuff like Bat Boy and alien tooth fillings won’t cut it. You’re gonna have to get REAL crazy to survive. Stuff like Bush blowing up the World Trade Centers and the New World Order will have to fill the void if you’re gonna retire that billion dollar debt online!
The new submarine was photographed by the commercial Quickbird satellite in late 2006 and the image is freely available on the Google Earth web site.
In the old days, like 1990 or so, capturing information like this would have been a top secret Pentagon type dealing. Now, it’s just on Google. What’s even cooler about all this is the guys at Strategic Security Blog go into detail discussing what this sub is. They even debate some of the facts about this sub. It’s above my comprehension. But, it’s just too cool to see something like this to me. Now, the Chinese are supposedly blocking Google and all things American on the internet, but, I bet they’ve got their eye on Google! I don’t really have the time to do a lot of research right now but I’d love to see how many military “secrets” are on Google Earth right now. Secrets are just getting harder and harder to keep. Especially if they’re big enough to show up clearly on Google.
Additional note, the Strategic Security Blog is a military oriented blog. However, they’ve got some incredibly cool stuff there. Definitely worth a look-see every now and then.
A 27-year-old man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail.
Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised “zombie” computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails.
“He’s one of the top 10 spammers in the world,” said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company’s Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. “He’s a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.”…..
There will be a little less spam on the internet for a few days. He’s been busted several times in the past, but keeps spamming. Now, at this point, since he’s obviously committed to a life of spam, I think he should spend the rest of his days, locked in a cell, and forced to listen to this the entire time:
AmericanPhoenix posted this neat service thingy she got ahold of that told her she was banned in China. Now, I can somewhat understand that as blogs.com is overt, obvious, and kinda big. However, moonagewebdream.com is just lonely old me on a friend’s server. So, I thought I might sneak through being so small and all. This is what I got:
They don’t want me!
Now, I’m not usually the petty revenge type guy. However, what I am going to do for a while is look at the label. Now, I don’t fully buy the “made in USA” label any more. But, I can assure you, if it says “made in China”, I’ll look for another brand. There’s a bunch of them out there ya know.