Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Internet: You Must Be Kidding Me!

Browsing through the recent news, I saw a link to a website where some of the really disturbing news was published. According to this site, the European Parliament will vote for the right of the internet providers in Europe to limit access to the certain websites. In other words, the internet service providers will be able to package and price access to the internet websites differently. So, the internet will become like a TV, you have 15 channels, you can use google, msn, bbc and some others and will not be able to access other sites. If you want YouTube, you will have to buy a separate "entertainment" package or similar.

It would be a perfect joke for the 1st of April but it seems like this is not the case. I cannot even imagine this happening. Everyone who has a website of their own now will be blocked from the outside world.  Can you imagine hosting your webpage somewhere in US and not being able to access it from Europe? Holy c***p!

There are technical issues that I am not sure about, such as, how will they actually fulfill it? There are quite a few ways going around restrictions like that. Second, it directly conflicts with the existing ISPs(Internet Service Providers) contracts that people have. Would that mean that there will be no providers that will allow full access to internet?

This law is supposed to be a step to prevent the piracy. The law itself, besides immoral, I think is pathetic. Just like in most court cases that have to do with the filesharing and internet, people in the government fail to understand that it is impossible to stop people who want to share the files. Has closing of Napster or Kazaa reduced piracy? Do you see The Pirate Bay going down? It is so obvious that there are far more ways of doing piracy in comparison with the ways of preventing it. People will start creating their own independent networks and share the files anyways. As the last option that people have is to burn discs and send them around in schools, universities and at work.

We will see where this leads in the next couple of days.

web links:
Save citizens rights in Telecoms Package
Blackout Europe

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Music: Per Gessle on Tour 2009

Yesterday, Per Gessle (of Roxette) started his Party Crasher tour. The first concert was in Helsinki(Finland) and all the fans that go to the concerts later were waiting for the setlist to be revealed. Of all the concert songs more than half are Roxette songs, then some songs from his English albums and 1 cover song. It will be interesting to see him singing Roxette songs that most of people usually associate with Marie's voice. Here is a short interview with him from the Finnish TV:


and here is an approximate list of the songs that is used during the tour:

1. DRESSED FOR SUCCESS
2. DROWNING IN WONDERFUL THOUGHTS ABOUT HER
3. STUPID
4. THE PARTY PLEASER
5. WISH I COULD FLY
6. SHE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
7. 7TWENTY7
8. I HAVE A PARTY IN MY HEAD
9. LATE, LATER ON
10. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
11. DO YOU WANNA BE MY BABY?
12. OPPORTUNITY NOX
13. DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
14. CHURCH OF YOUR HEART
15. DANGEROUS
16. JOYRIDE


EXTRA #1
17. C’MON
18. ARE YOU AN OLD HIPPIE, SIR?
19. THE LOOK
20. IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE


EXTRA #2
21. (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE
22. QUEEN OF RAIN

source: sonofaplumber forum

And we are going to the concert in Stockholm on May 10, 2009.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lifestyle: Skiing 101

Last year for the first time I started skiing. My company went to a place 3 hours west from Milan/Italy where we had a conference and a couple days of skiing. The first steps were not easy. A couple of hours or rolling and falling, I managed to get a feeling of it. This year Marie, I and some of our friends went to a place 3 hours to the north of Stockholm and skied for several hours there. We went on the green (easy) lines and it was quite some fun. After that, in the end of March my company went to Italy again and then I tried the red lines (they are more steep and difficult, but black ones are the most difficult [but supposedly most of fun]) and it was the rolling time again. It was a nice practice but somehow stressful, since if you are on the red line, if you fall, it is really hard to stand up without other person’s help. Obviously if there are people waiting for you, it becomes embarrassing. Most of the time I enjoyed it. Here are some pictures:

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gadgets: Vuzix Video Glasses

During my flight home from Italy, in the pocket of the front chair I looked through the magazines and in one of them there was a description of a device that drove my attention. The device is a pair of glasses with the monitors inside. So, basically this is a replacement for TV. The idea is not that new and around 5 years ago I saw a similar device back in Lithuania. However, at that time, I was not impressed that much. The picture was not that clear and the device was quite bulky.

So, after several years, I think I am looking at a more improved device. I haven’t tried it yet but I definitely want to give it a shot. Besides the convenience of being small and being able to position yourself in any way while watching TV or playing games, the energy consumption and price of the devices play a great role. The glasses get adjusted for every person and every eye individually, so I am pretty sure the device will work for the most of people. Authors say it replaces approximately 62” TV and is 4 times cheaper than a medium quality TV of this size. I haven’t tried it yet, so I will not jump to the conclusions. I will go to home electronics exhibition this weekend and I really hope I will be able to try them there.


vuzix.com

I think the device has a great potential in bringing some competition to the TV market. Obviously, several people can watch TV but not the glasses. Well, time will show but I am excited about this product. I love technology!


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