Go-Daddy & Comcast

This morning I was billed from a account for an amount to Go-Daddy. I used them to host a site a couple of years ago for a business venture that went nowhere. I set the site up and registered a couple of domains, all normal so far. Well the domains were due to expire late last year, and I received confirmation of the expiration; again all is good so far! Now comes this bill for expired domains taken directly from one of my accounts. I am notified when any transactions take place and I called the parties involved and the matter has been sorted.

So I am sitting here thinking how could this occur, the Go Daddy company wasn’t given permission to take any money from me, and I never subscribed to the auto renew. I must admit to finding this yet another reason to be so careful who I sign up with and what access they are given.

I had a quite bad experience with Comcast seven years ago. I had moved apartments and I had cancelled my cable in one apartment and it took about three months before I decided to purchase it again for the new place. Upon checking my bank account I discovered Comcast had charged me for cable and internet for the three months I had non. I was alarmed so I called them, the most disturbing thing was how rude one guy was, he called me a liar and said I hadn’t cancelled my account. The fact I had returned the cable box and remote & had a receipt was of no consequence to him (a real ass-hole)!

Needless to say I pestered them and after a few calls my money, which was around the $300 area was returned by check in two installments; yes they couldn’t make one check! I am not with them any more and I won’t be if I have a choice. I don’t sign for auto pay because of that mess, and I never will. The situation today was resolved quickly and without incident.

Most bank accounts today will have a notification section where you can decide how to be notified and which transaction you desire notification. I highly recommend this service, and if you don’t have it set up you should do so. It can really save you time and money!

Have a great day!

Future Of The Web, and The Demise Of Free speech!

Tim Berners-Lee recently wrote a piece on Scientific American, about the demise of the web, calling for continued net neutrality. The Web is an integral part of society and as important as electricity to the modern user. The web was built on open standards and in order to maintain the innovation it should remain open.

The first bad rumblings of the companies trying to meter out connections was Comcast slowing P2P traffice in 2008. Lately we have Google and Verizon trying to say that wireless internet isn’t really internet at all, and should be under different rules.

Today Level 3, which carries video traffic for Netflix, stated Comcast was asking for fees to carry video to Comcast subscribers. This would go against the net neutrality legislation to be issued by the FCC before Christmas. Comcast is also in a bid to purchase NBC Universal, which will give the company a monopoly on not just the content, but also the transmission of content.

Are we heading to a more Chinese version of the web, where we will not be able to create a web page. But will have to go through a service and get permission depending on the content. Is Facebook the future of the web? Or just a social network on the web?

I don’t agree with everything that’s on the web, the same way I don’t love all books. But I am against burning books, even the ones I find repulsive.  In order to learn about the weird people and things in our world we may have to read or watch video about things we disagree with. Law enforcement can study strange groups, that may be a threat to us; because they use the web.

Knowledge is power, and I believe in the free flow of knowledge and innovation; which means we don’t charge for it! I believe the web is part of our infrastructure at this point, and should be protected under national security. Our civilization in the US has to a great part become dependent on THE WEB! It would be crazy to complain to other countries who monitor their citizens web, only to move in that direction ourselves. But in place of Government control, we will have Corporate control. I actually trust the government more, at least they go for a vote every few years.

Last note is I read that Facebook may want to patent the word Face, I hope this is a bad dream and that the US Patent office doesn’t let companies Patent words in the dictionary. If it happens I will patent Elbow, maybe I can make money from Tennis players!

Scary world!