telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Rogers Pulling a *Comcast*?

I’ve been reading with interest and trepidation the challenges that Comcast is enduring, with regards to controlling the types of applications its customers are allowed to use on its internet service. Specifically, P2P sharing programs.
Over the weekend, I was chatting with friends about this, and they are actually seeing the same problems with Rogers Internet Service. New problems.  Serious problems. No P2P file sharing whatsoever. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Any packet tagged as a file share goes into the neither world.

The Globe and Mail has an interesting take.
So does the Associated Press [via afterdawn.com]
And Boing Boing covers the story as well.

Ahem - Mr Rogers - are you watching. Bad publicity. Very bad.
For a while, Rogers was in the news for “traffic shaping”, but the controversy died down (last summer I was able to download via Bit Torrent from my Rogers Internet service.) Alas, now it seems that no amount of torrent traffic is acceptable. Tests are going on this week to confirm.

Aie. First silly expensive data plans on cell phones, and now traffic shaping rearing its ugly head.
It’s going to be an interesting 4th quarter to 2007.