When people cut the cord, most just look at TV, internet and home phone. Some add in cellular. For me, there was a fifth area — internet hosting of my websites. Yes, you read that correctly. Plural.
After a redesign about two years ago, I had PolyWogg.ca set up as my “personal” site. ThePolyBlog.ca was my more “professional” site, writing and musings about more formal topics. I also host AstroPontiac.ca for a board I sit on. And within polywogg.ca, I also had sub-sites for photos, calendars, to do lists, etc. Most of the sites were fully integrated with my photo site cross-linked to my personal and professional sites so that I can post my media there without duplicating it in WordPress. I’ve messed around with my site design going back to 1998, seventeen years of tweaking etc. The latest tweak was creating a new subsite for astrophotography blogging and pics.
Most people have seen the headlines, advertisements, tweets, blogs all with a similar headline to mine — “Cutting the cord”. Generally it refers to people who have ditched cable TV. Unfortunately, every article comes with 500 comments that say “I cancelled cable, and I don’t regret it, I never watched TV anyway.” Congratulations, you cancelled something you weren’t using. How very strategic of you. Perhaps you can also cut off your head for the same reason. Once you get past the idiots, the next wave is the holier-than-thous who say, “No one should ever watch TV anytime, anyplace, anywhere, it’s all crap.” Again, they can join the idiots with cranial extraction. I have no time for either group, and neither have anything to do with what “cutting the cord” is all about.
The primary goal of “cutting the cord” is to be able to generally access whatever you want, whenever you want, without having to pay for things you don’t want. » Read the rest
There are times where I think the Internet is a wonderful creation, even with all its pitfalls, simply for how it allows people to easily communicate across vast differences. Then I see the downside of communicating with people that would be better kept at a distance.
My local astronomy group is the latest instance. The short version is that some of the local astronomy people don’t play well with others, and thus there are three local astronomy groups — the RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Ottawa Chapter), the OAFs (Ottawa Astronomy Friends), and the OAOG (Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group). Each group has its own eccentric nature and members, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that while most members really don’t care what the nomenclature is for any event, some do, apparently.
Take for instance our internet newsgroups. They are all relatively low-traffic — on a high-volume day, about 4-5 messages would be common, 10 would be an outlier. » Read the rest