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Access Main Computer File is a Tumblr that bills itself as “a visual study of computer GUI in cinema”. That is, it’s an overview of computer screens in movies. Enjoy it as an alternate, imagined history of computing or simply a lot of strangeness.
The Internet is getting staggeringly “large.” (How large? See this infographic.)
Though there are plenty of very smart people working very hard to make it easy for you to keep finding the things you’re looking for, as well as finding solutions to that conundrum librarians are especially acquainted with – finding the thing you didn’t know you were looking for – it is still getting increasingly difficult to find signal in the noise.
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that it is increasingly difficult to find what you’re looking for online. Of course there are (or were? wow) services like delicious. But the issue I’m talking about is signal to noise. There’s a ton of information on the net. As Carl Sagan would say in his Kermit-the-frog voice, “billions and billions of interwubs. How can we parse it, and find what we need? What about when we don’t even know what we need?… Read the rest
In an article for the Atlantic, Andrew Blum points out that recent events in Egypt have reminded us of something oft forgotten: the networks that comprise the Internet are connected physically, and can be disconnected by snipping cables. Here in the United States, Verizon and Google have recently gained control over two such “choke points,” which should raise alarm bells:
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The news Thursday evening that Egypt had severed itself from the global Internet came at the same time as an ostensibly far less inflammatory announcement closer to home. Verizon, the telecom giant, would acquire “cloud computing company” Terremark for $1.4 billion. The purchase would “accelerate Verizon’s ‘everything-as-a-service’ cloud strategy,” the press release said.
The trouble is that Terremark isn’t merely a cloud computing company. Or, more to the point, the cloud isn’t really a cloud.
Among its portfolio of data centers in the US, Europe and Latin America, Terremark owns one of the single most important buildings on the global Internet, a giant fortress on the edge of Miami’s downtown known as the NAP of the Americas.