Archive | January 2009

Digital Feudalism

Wordle Cloud of the Internet Marketing Blog by DavidErickson

Wordle Cloud of the Internet Marketing Blog by DavidErickson

The Irish Times reports, that Eircom, one of Ireland’s major internet service providers, is to begin disconnecting users from the Internet, if they receive three unsubstantiated copyright infringement claims from the record labels.

The internet is a fantastic, inherently democratic resource, allowing freedom of speech, of assembly and of the press.  It is a conduit for civic engagement, health care, employment, education, distant family, love and life.

Disconnecting people from the Internet on the basis of an unsubstantiated accusation, without a court order, without a chance to defend yourself against your accusers, without a chance to see and challenge the evidence is nothing more than a step backwards.

Call it “digital feudalism” if you will.  You only get access to the Internet with consent of the majors.

I urge all freedom loving netizens to let the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources know how you feel.


How to change date formats on Ubuntu

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The Date Stamp

The Date Stamp

In order to change the system date format on Ubuntu, you need to know a little about where the date format is coming from.  Regional settings, such as date and time formats, as well as language, sort order, etc. are specified in files called locales.  A locale contains the rules specifying how dates and times are formatted, amongst other settings.

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