Net Neutrality: A Letter to Congress

This is my letter to Congressman John Mooleanaar, May 17, 2018

Congressman Mooleanaar,

I am writing about the recent “Net Neutrality” issue. I believe that some aspects of this issue should be bipartisan, including a Conservative flavor. I myself am a Conservative in every way I imagine.

The Declaration of Independence references “Laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good”. I believe that this includes preventing monopolies and de facto utilities, such as many Internet giant companies have become, including ISP and Social Media giants like Google and Facebook. The Constitution protects the people, from government by creating checks and balances, and from fascism (private wealth and corporate money) by creating a government to prevent monopoly. It is freedom of the people to grant final consent for governance of their own freedoms, not “all powers surrendered to the private sector”, that makes one a Conservative.

So, Conservative ideology, as I just described it, must defend the Net Neutrality issue.  · · · →

After Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 is great! I’ve beta tested it, tweaked Vrk (my desktop quick setup app at http://verb.ink) to recognize the new desktop features, and it all just works! Bravo Mark, loved Unity with certain desktop setting tweaks from Vrk, but it’s great that GNOME has been “Unity-ized” for more of what everyone wants and one less desktop environment for me to support for Vrk.

Now, can we all please take a break from this “perfect desktop push”?

Don’t get me wrong, I want to come back to desktop and I even have a few priorities I’ll describe here. But, there are other issues with Linux on desktop computing, mainly more external hard disk support and printing.

Linux started as terminal work, just like DOS back in the early 90s. OS2 was a dream that should have been, Windows 95 broke the mold, which even Linux desktop systems still use (the ‘Start’ menu as a one-for-all resource and right-click context menus).  · · · →

Why Some Conservatives Hate Trump

I wrote this after thinking about Rush’s second hour on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He discussed a survey question by Axios/SurveyMonkey, “Do you want another Republican to challenge President Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020?” reported in the Axios article Younger Republicans want an alternative to Trump and asked: Why Do Millennial Republicans Despise Trump?

The Conservative “never-Trumpers” are easy to understand when we consider leaders like John Sculley of Apple and Roger Smith of General Motors.

Sometimes, they are all “team-shmeam”: Go-along to get-along, be “diplomatic” until/so-that the cows come home, compromise on your values until the other guy “understands” you, and never take a stand for what you believe because that would alienate the people you want to convert.

Other times, they are well-read, engaging in deep discussion, hyper-analytical, love public-funding (even as Republicans or ‘Conservative’ Democrats), and often achieve some very remarkable things we respect them for.  · · · →

Copyright, Content & YouTube

In a recent video I uploaded to YouTube, some background music was playing at the place where I shot the video. That music’s copyright holder made a claim that I was including their copyrighted work. I had the option to let that copyright holder post ads in the video or else to cut out the audio—including myself talking. I chose to cut out the audio because I might monetize the video myself one day.

I advise everyone: Do not make YouTube videos if copyrighted music is playing, even in the background. Ask whoever is playing the music to stop, wait for the song to end, or make the video somewhere else. And, if you own a store or art gallery, do not play copyrighted music in the background. Play music published by more friendly people instead.

I mean, background music, seriously? The audio quality is terrible. Try putting music that bad in a TV series and see if a network airs it.  · · · →