The Bo Alert Newsletter                                                       Net Neutrality and You 

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Important News for YOU!

      Some BLCOW background

      The Patriot Act renewed

      Net Neutrality and what it means for you.

      Net Neutrality in a nut shell

      Windows Content added to BLCOW

      Browsing With Microsoft and Others

      Microsoft Office - Word

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Congress is facing some important Internet legislation, and, as Internet users, so are we.

 Net Neutrality; know what it is?

How it affects you?

Well, hang on to your hats, or whatever hair covering you have on right now, this is going to be a bumpy ride. 

A little history from BLCOW.

From day one our site has never pushed any political agenda. We have always tried to be neutral in this area except when we see something that just has to be discussed. We even pulled our information on the Patriot Act (This link goes directly to the Department of Justice Website the D.O.J.) when it came up for review in Congress. It is no coincidence that our favorite founding father is Benjamin Franklin. You no doubt have noticed one of his sayings on our Index or front page. In the event that you have never seen our front page, lets review. Franklin said, 

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. "
                              Benjamin Franklin
Memoires De La Vie Privee or The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin

This is only one of his famous sayings, there are a ton of others. If you want to learn more of my favorite Founding Father, just Google him and find more treasures you were not aware of. As one of those who, quite literally, Risked his life, liberty and his sacred Horner for the cause of liberty., Franklin knew the cost of freedom and treasured it more then life itself. At the age of 60, considering that the average life expectancy was about 35 years Franklin would have been considered ancient, he went to Paris France to secure, for the newly formed government of 13 independent countries (Most of the colonists knew more of what went on in Great Brittan then they did about their neighbors and very few, if any, thought of themselves as one nation. That would come slowly.) money, and an army and navy for its protection. Franklin would be turning over in his grave if he knew what the Federal Government wanted to do. Oddly enough, he would have relished the internet and would have been among the very first to figure out how to make money from it.

Net Neutrality and the Patriot Act in a nutshell 

We use the example of Franklin for a very good reason, among his many accomplishments was the founding of the public library. Hang on, Ill get to it directly. Franklin knew the value of free speech and free access to data of all types. One of the lesser known features of the Patriot Act is the call for the investigating bodies of the government the ability to demand, from the countries libraries, information on what and who is checking out what information from the nations libraries without getting a warrant to do so or any oversight what so ever. In essence, what you are reading and what you are doing in your own library, no matter how innocent it might be and without proper cause can, and no doubt is being placed into a national justice database. An important freedom has been negated at a stroke in the name of national security. Franklin, as did the other founding fathers, knew the value of a system of checks and balances. No one branch of government could become more powerful then another. 

Basically Net Neutrality is an idea that was the internet from its earliest conception to the present. Principally your service provider is connected via some form of line. The line is owned by certain providers like AT&T, Verison and Time Warner just to name a few. They provide the means for you to get to the internet but have always been prohibited from halting any content. They serve as the highway but the information flowing over their lines cannot be controlled by them. The baby bells want this to stop. For instance just a little while ago AOL/Time Warner lost a court case when it tried to stop some information which was critical to AOL. The court ruled that AOL could not restrict the free flow of information even though it owned the service which transported the criticisms. This is the way it is supposed to work. The baby bells want to stop that and force folks to pay a duty to be connected with any of the broadband connections. They also reserve the right to restrict any information they deem as unsuitable for their ends. This puts far to much power in the hands of a few greedy individuals.

Think of it like a pipeline. The various companies can use the pipeline, but all are prohibited from restricting any of the content. This means that you can get content from our site free of charge and the various companies cannot not say what you can view or from what material. Oh sure, you can say, Well it should be controlled! The various sites which deliver smut, SPAM, viruses, Phisher's, and the like should be restricted. Okay, so it is annoying to say the least and we can all agree on that. So who decides what is smut or any of the other stuff? What one considers as trash, someone else might consider treasure. If you are going to be connected to the internet, you have to take responsibility for what information flows from and to your computer. In short, you must take the responsibility into your own hands.

Pulling the information we had on the Patriot Act, in retrospect, might not have been the correct thing to do but we never wanted our site to be controversial or politically motivated. Nor did we ever want to influence our readers on any one political act or idea. We chose to remain neutral on the subject. If our readers wanted to know more, they could easily check out the major search engines. The trouble is, this stuff directly affects our efforts to get the important internet as well as computer news to you, our reader.

Hopefully we have peaked your interest enough for you to continue learning more about the upcoming Neutrality efforts in Congress. We all know the Washington Lobbyists are hard at work making sure the Senators and Legislators are hearing their side of the story. Face it, the legislators have been chomping at the bit to tax, restrict and otherwise get a handle on the internet. You give them a crack and they will punch a huge hole in the internet we have all grown to depend on for information of all types.

Please check out these sites to learn more for yourself. 

Net Neutrality:

The Patriot Act

      NewsDesk.org

      Net Neutrality Puts Time Crunch On Telecom Agenda

      Net Neutrality Debate Heats Up
A TechWeb report

 

      HR 3162 RDS The Patriot Act

 

 

PBSs NOW:

The Patriot Act:

      Tangled Web

      A Closer Look at Net Neutrality

      Web Usage Facts & Figures

      2016: A Peek at Our Internet Future

      Two Views on Net Rules

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A librarian gagged by the Patriot Act
A librarian gagged by the Patriot Act

 

 

 

 

Content Added to Blaisdells Little Corner of the Web:

 Windows:

Windows XP Product Key
You discover that invalid product keys were supplied for a Windows XP Professional installation, or you receive an invalid product key error when attempting to install a Windows XP Professional service pack

      Find a lost Windows product key

      Windows Explorer is so Sloooooooooooooooooooooooow

      Slow network browsing in Windows XP
From our Same Thing Only Different Department

      Quick Access to Programs

      Command Line Switches for Windows ExplorerPlus 2 other tips

      Disabling Service to Increase Performance

      Turn off Indexing to speed up XP

      Tweak Windows Boot Time

      Use these four Registry tweaks to accelerate Windows XP

      CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive appears to be missing after you install Windows XP
After you install Microsoft Windows XP, the CD-ROM drive, the DVD-ROM drive, or CD-ROM R/W drive may not be visible in the My Computer window. Additionally, there may be question marks on the devices that are listed under CD-ROM drives in Device Manager.. - Offsite MSKB

      CD-Rom or DVD Disappeared

      Remove Old Restore Points

      Regedit stays expanded

      Disabling Remote Registry For Security

      Using the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility in Windows XP

      Turn on High Contrast
If your visually impaired, this tip is for you.

      New Connection Wizard is Greyed Out (Two Methods)

Browsing With Microsoft and Others

Youre still using MSIE? You really need to take a look at Firefox. Click here and Ill explain more and how to grab your copy of Mozillas famous little cousin.

      You attempt an install of the Macromedia Flash Security Bulletin MS06-020: Windows Update is unable to install the update. This is an Microsoft Knowledgebase Workaround

      Why you should disable DNS caching on workstations 

      Why Does IE Now Require http: In The Address Bar?

      You have asked for them, so here they are....Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts List.

      Block Annoying Ads Easily

      Problem: Internet Explorer 6 with Service Pack 1 stops responding when you try to connect to a secure Web site. - Off Site Solution: This article suggests what may be causing the problem and provides a workaround.- Off Site

 Microsoft Office:

Microsoft Word:

      Number The Cells In A Word Table

      Balance Text Across Columns In Word

      Quick Word Erase
For all of you muse challenged keyboard punches

      Move or resize multiple Word objects at once

      Quick Tables

      Anatomy of Word: Create a table of contents using defined styles - This is a TechRepublic How to and is off site:

      Perform calculations in tables

      Customize Word text wrapping with Edit Wrap Points

      Shift+F3 in MS Word
Its a Change Case Shortcut

      Use Hard Spaces In Word

      Add Shadows To Paragraphs

 Microsoft Excel

     Turn Rows Into Columns (And Vice Versa) Works with Excel 97 and above

     Absolute Cell Reference Shortcut---Hint? Think F4

     Quick Copy, Paste-Value Options

     The Match Function

     Prevent duplicate Excel entries within a range

      Create a formula for entering a series of incremental times in Excel

      Use custom views in Excel to enhance your presentations

      Writing Formulas Across Multiple Worksheets

      Editing Cells In Multiple Worksheets Concurrently

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