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Ignignokt on Marta
Topic: Local Information 1:46 am EST, Feb  2, 2007

Wish I'd seen this.

Pursue broadband access in every part of Tennessee
Topic: Local Information 1:14 pm EST, Jan 22, 2007

Unfortunately, Tennessee is not completely wired for the greatest levels of Internet service. And that circumstance should be unacceptable. It's not just about convenience. Broadband should no longer be considered a novelty or a luxury — it should be a given.

There's actually 3 columns in today's Tennessean opinions section talking about this subject. I encourage you to read them all and participate in the forums, regardless of where you're stance is on the subject.

Tennessee has been a leader in deploying new broadband technology for a long time.

Pursue broadband access in every part of Tennessee

Big Sur Without the Crowds
Topic: Local Information 5:11 pm EST, Jan 21, 2007

Running from Carmel, 150 miles south of San Francisco, to San Simeon, Big Sur's mass of tight mountains pushes brazenly against the Pacific swell. Kelp forests sway at the feet of rugged sea cliffs. Deep valleys shelter some of the southernmost redwoods. The only way through this fastness is along winding, breathtaking California Route 1.

Other helpful data:

On Foot in Big Sur Country
Big Sur Hiking Trails
Ventana Wilderness - Santa Lucia Mountains
Sierra Club - Santa Lucia Chapter
Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Also worth a stop, despite its touristy qualities, is nearby Point Lobos State Reserve.

The California Coastline is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. If you haven't explored it, make plans to go this year. Start in San Francisco and drive to LA down 1. Rent a convertible.

Big Sur Without the Crowds

No drinky till 12:01 AM in Atlanta this new years
Topic: Local Information 1:52 am EST, Dec 30, 2006

If you live in Atlanta you better think twice before you finalize your New Year's Eve party plans. Because New Year's Eve is on a Sunday this year places that don't serve food with their alcohol like clubs and bars will not be able to serve drinks until 12:01 a.m.

No drinky till 12:01 AM in Atlanta this new years

Convicted Rapist Now Charged in Death of Jennifer Ewing
Topic: Local Information 10:35 pm EDT, Jul 28, 2006

"ATLANTA -- Officials announced Friday they have charged Michael William Ledford with the brutal murder of Jennifer Ewing along the Silver Comet Trail earlier this week."

Comforting that they caught someone. Hopefully they have the right guy.

Convicted Rapist Now Charged in Death of Jennifer Ewing

Random murder on the Silver Comet Trail
Topic: Local Information 9:47 am EDT, Jul 27, 2006

Police say they suspect foul play in the death of a 54-year-old woman along the Silver Comet Trail. Jennifer Ewing was found dead on Wednesday morning just across the Paulding County line. Ewing went cycling on the trail on Tuesday and never came home.

Random murder on the Silver Comet Trail

Vintage Computer Festival - VCF East 3.0
Topic: Local Information 8:01 am EDT, May 12, 2006

Vintage Computer Festival East 3.0
Saturday, May 13th , 2006
InfoAge Learning Center
Wall Township, New Jersey

An event of local interest to some MemeStreams users...

Vintage Computer Festival - VCF East 3.0

Talk on Secrets and Sources tonight at GaTech
Topic: Local Information 11:45 am EST, Mar 14, 2006

March 14: 1st Amendment Program Information Control: How Government Wants to Keep Secrets but Force Reporters to Disclose Sources.

Speakers are Peter Canfield and Tom Clyde. Peter C. Canfield is a senior partner at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson and has long been at the center of efforts to advance openness in government and press freedoms. Thomas M. Clyde, also a partner at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, is the author of Tapping Officials' Secrets: The Door to Open Government in Georgia.

I don't have time for this but if you go please post a report to MemeStreams.

Talk on Secrets and Sources tonight at GaTech

RE: Reuters | Newsom sees wireless service as basic right
Topic: Local Information 2:42 am EDT, Oct  4, 2005

Rattle wrote:

"This is inevitable -- Wi-Fi. It is long overdue," [mayor] Newsom told a news conference at San Francisco's City Hall. "It is to me a fundamental right to have access universally to information," he said.

I love San Francisco. Only there, could free WiFi be considered a natural right.

Fuckn commies! Follow this muni-wifi movement through to it's natural conclusion.

First, its cities like SF that are really dense. They spend $16 million on gear, which is within their budget, but there is an ongoing cost associated with paying for wireline network access and maintenance. Of course, the actual telecom providers in the city can't compete with free, and so they start to go out of business, particularly as the FCC provides new spectrum for unlicenced wifi and people start making wifi voip phones. This causes the cost of the network access to go way up because its presently priced as a mass market commodity. This puts a squeeze on the budget. Things get bigger, more formal, more expensive, more institutionalized, more beaurocratic. Eventually small towns also get into the act as people expect this service to be available everywhere. People expect their wifi voip cellphone to work on the road, so eventually the state and federal authorities have to get involved with building the infrastructure. The end result is....... Postal Telecom and Telegraph, where the entire national telecom infrastructure is run by the government!

If you think MaBell was a barrier to innovation you haven't been to Europe! The reason people in Europe adopted cellphone technology so rapidly is because the PTTs suck suck suck and GSM was the first time most people could actually get a good quality phone!

To make matters much, much worse, the company that is first in line to take San Francisco tax payer dollars is Google, who will most definately install a big, fat, "Google Carnivore" to the network which will keep logs of your every move forever while simultaneously claiming its "secure." They already keep video and audio records of everything that occurs on muni busses in SF for *7 years.* Don't think for a minute that big brother won't be watching you if you accept his internet access!

Now, if municipalities can help secure rights of way for private companies to offer new kinds of cheap wireless internet access I am all for it, as long as there are competitive rights of way and I don't have to choose Google. However, the users of the network should pay for the service and not the fucking tax payers.

This is how we do things in America! The low marginal cost of wifi access is not a good excuse to convert over to a communist system. I would be much happier if the government handed out "internet stamps" to poor people so they could get online for free then if they build and run the whole system.

Don't forget that San Francisco is the city that came within a handful of votes 5 years ago of turning their entire electric power system into a socialist collective manned by a bunch of environmentalists who didn't know the first thing about engineering. (There was only one guy running for one district for the municipal power board who had any engineering experience at all.)

RE: Reuters | Newsom sees wireless service as basic right

Pollution Prevention Assistance Division: Computer Recycling
Topic: Local Information 4:28 pm EDT, Sep 26, 2005

Directory of Computer Recyclers in Georgia

A very useful resource. Computers are made with bad stuff and should not be tossed in the trash.

Pollution Prevention Assistance Division: Computer Recycling

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