Charnell Lucich

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Kevin linked me to an article this evening that tells how Time Warner Cable will start testing Internet billing based on usage. WTF? Now, when I go to the Time Warner Cable homepage the first thing I see pop up across the screen is “We think like you think”. Uhm…no, no I don’t think you do Time Warner, because if you did you wouldn’t jack up my monthly price every year, you wouldn’t nickle & dime me to death, and you wouldn’t make me wait for DAYS to get a technician out to my house to look at a problem.

The second largest U.S. cable operator said it will test consumption-based billing with subscribers in Beaumont, Texas later this year as a part of a strategy to help reduce congestion of its network by a minority of consumers who pay the same monthly fee as light users.

The company believes the billing system will impact only heavy users, who account for around 5 percent of all customers but typically use more than half of the total network bandwidth, according to a company spokesman.

Slowing network congestion due to downloading of large media files such as video is a growing problem for Time Warner Cable. The company said the problem will worsen as video downloading becomes more popular.

Hm. So rather than fixing their network to be able to handle the traffic, they find it to be a better decision to just charge people more. Sadly, I’m screwed stuck with Time Warner Cable because they are the only provider available in the area that I live in. Hopefully Grande Communications, AT&T, Verizon….ANY OTHER PROVIDER will be coming to my neighborhood soon.

What about the idea of billing per usage to those who sit in front of their televisions 24/7? Or those who stay on the telephone longer than your typical teenage daughter? How will this amazing screwed up idea affect those who work online more than they sleep?

Check out the article and share your views.


Is it a secret? Are people afraid to talk about it? Since the beginning of this year there has been a growing threat to our security on the Internet. This is nothing new right? It seems there is always something of this nature hanging around. Well, this threat has the potential to wreak pure havoc and so far, it has drawn no attention.So you’re probably wondering what this new great threat is, especially since you haven’t heard much, if anything, about it. It’s called the “Storm Worm”. This worm started by hiding in e-mail attachments with a subject line to really grab your attention. When users open this attachment, their computer becomes infected and enrolled in a quick-growing network of other infected computers forming a “botnet”.

Changing regularly, the Storm’s delivery began as a PDF, then e-cards, blog-comments, and YouTube invites. As of last month, it began attacking websites focused on identifying it such as a malware expert who published an analysis of how it worked. Aside from that, the botnet is mostly silent and does not draw attention to infected hosts, which makes it incredibly difficult to detect.

This Storm has been spreading quickly and steadily since last January, creating a huge botnet and only affects computers running Microsoft Windows. The size of the botnet is unclear but it’s said that “reputable security professionals cite estimates between one million to fifty million computers world-wide.” But as Kevin, a good friend of mine said when we had a discussion about this, “Estimates mean nothing. These worms are always evolving and hitting different vulnerabilities. It could infect 20 machines right after 100 were cleaned up, you just never know.”

John Naughton of The Observer says:

“To date, the botnet has been used only intermittently, which is disquieting: what it means is that someone, somewhere, is quietly building a doomsday machine that can be rented out to the highest bidder, or used for purposes that we cannot yet predict.” The Storm worm may be the new face of malware, not written for notoriety,
revenge, or petty spamming, but as a professional venture in crime designed to maximize profits for those involved.

You can read more about this silent Storm here.

The Chumby is a compact device about the size of a GPS that allows you to access the internet using your wireless internet connection. Instead of lugging around your laptop or always searching for a public computer to access the Internet, you can just toss this little baby in your bag or in your purse and go.

My first thought when reading about this neat little gadget was, “cool idea, but what’s the cost?” They boast that the cost is less than $200.00 which is a great deal, especially since it includes FREE access to the Chumby Network. No subscriptions, no plans, it’s all paid for by Chumby and sponsors who send you widgets to use.

The only downside that I see for this neat little gadget is that you always have to have AC power. The reason for this is because it’s always on; no sleep mode. Luckily they say it takes less than 30 seconds to power up if it shuts down for any reason.

They say that “the Chumby is “open” for tinkering in every way: hardware and software specifications are available online, plus the pattern for crafting new cases.”

I’ll be checking one of these out just as soon as it’s available for me to purchase.

Social Networking.

What once was ‘ridiculous’ is now used for so many things in todays world. Remember when the idea of meeting someone that you met online was crazy, absurd, and just plain weird? Today these social networking sites are aiming to create tools to allow ordinary people and large businesses create social web sites tailored for their own customers, friends, fans and employees.

Many social networking sites today are too restrictive, limiting what you can and can’t do and do not have much flexibility. Some (most) don’t let people build and design their own online worlds, which is the nature of what people want to do. Popular sites today, such as MySpace and FaceBook cannot cater to, adapt, or bend to the needs of individual brands.

One of the challenges today is getting users to join new social networks. Is it user-friendly? Does it have the tools that you want or need to create your site? Does the social networking site that you plan on using draw enough traffic to get your site noticed or too much traffic that you’ll never been seen? I stumbled across a program yesterday that I found to be pretty slick and thought I’d share.

Meetro, from a Chicago-based company called Meetroduction. Meetro is a location-aware, instant-messaging service, that displays photos and profiles of nearby users based on their proximity to you.

“Ten years ago, the idea of dating people you met off your computer was ridiculous, but now it’s commonplace,” Bragiel said. “Ours is the next bump. People right now are meeting over computers and plan to meet each other. Meetro is dynamic, so if someone shows up in your local area, you can meet up in 10 minutes because they are less than a quarter-mile away.”

Read more about this program at

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