Month: February 2016

My Least Favorite (and most hated) Trends in Web Content

Back in the 90s and early 2000s, the most annoying sites were the pages loaded with animated GIFs and laden with background music that the site visitor couldn’t opt out of (except turning off speakers). Nowadays, there are many more nuisances to complain about. I have compiled a list of the things that I personally hate the most. 1. Clickbait that looks like its a news article, but instead it’s a damn video. This is most common on social media, but nothing screams “WASTE BANDWIDTH AND VIEW OUR ADS” like a video that could have at least been supplemented with a summarizing article. 250-300 words summarizing a video isn’t too much to ask for. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been somewhere where I can’t watch video or at least deal with the sound, but was hoping to read something cool. Nope, stop being lazy guys. If I can write, so can you. 2. Clickthrough slide shows that should have been a single-page article. In fact, any site that breaks up an article into multiple pages and clicks, is just bad form. This is just as offensive as the first one, and sometimes they include videos (fortunately not usually). You can make a listing of things with images easily in HTML and this was the norm prior to this type of clickbait garbage. If you need an...

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Living Without Cable: Internet is Still Everywhere

One of the many things I find really fascinating is how in this day and age, many people still are without their own internet connections. While some are as simple as availability issues due to location (some places are doing good even having phone service still), other folks just have financial reasons. Recently, my life has taken a turn of events where I do not have access to a fast broadband connection at home, and it’s actually really been beneficial in many ways. For one, I am an introvert, not just by personality, but looking back at it, it was also how I was raised. I grew up in the country, and so the only way to see most of my friends was to drive. I could get to a nearby village on bicycle, but I knew very few people there, and the ones that I did I just didn’t mix with. So my entire upbringing was about having everything you need at home. Buying lots of groceries, stocking up on necessities, and not having a lot of people over just because it was an event to go visit us. We did have neighbors, and some were really good friends, but again, everyone really just kept to themselves unless there was a problem of some sort. After all, isn’t that one of the best reasons to move out in...

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Net Neutrality and Mobile Data

A few years ago, the issue of “net neutrality” became the subject of discussion. Many leading companies took charge and supported the cause, while others were in favor of eliminating it. For those that don’t know, “net neutrality” is the concept that an ISP treats all traffic on its network equally, not favoring certain content from cherry-picked sources. For those that are curious, here is a brief history of net neutrality. The term “net neutrality” was first coined in January of 2003, in an article by law professor Tim Wu. The next time we heard about this issue, is in 2005 when the FCC fined Madison River Communications in North Carolina for blocking access to some VoIP services. It’s worth noting that in doing this, Madison River Communications were trying to block a competing service to its landline services. In November 2005, AT&T’s CEO confirmed what many feared: that ISPs want to be paid by every site that their network is used to access. The next few years of net neutrality history is mainly centered around Comcast blocking access to bittorrent. Bittorrent, while it has a reputation for being used for piracy, does indeed have its legitimate uses for transferring large amounts of data, including being used as a distribution method for many games and operating systems. However, a popular activity with bittorrent is to download movies and TV...

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