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March 16, 2004

I added another small section of links, on the right, down near the very bottom, called "SubvertWare."

Over time, I've come to find a number of programs that either make things easier, faster, or let you avoid big evil corps like Microsoft and AOL. I've recommended these to a few people who found them extremely helpful, so I thought I'd share the wealth.

All the programs are PC-based, sorry Mac people.

The programs:

Ad-Aware- searches your computer for various advertising/tracking/spying files sneakily inserted into your computer via websites and downloads and such. Sort of like anti-virus software.

Eudora- since so many computer viruses are tailored to Microsoft's popular Outlook email software, it's a good idea to stop using Outlook. Eudora is pretty simple and has most of the features that you'll ever need. It's free, if you don't mind a little ad in the corner of the window when its in use. If you do mind, you'll have to pay them money or use a different program.

Firefox- people seem most excited about this one. A fast web-browser with a number of handy features that's free, and not made by Microsoft.

Linux- the famous "open source" operating system. Like a non-evil version of Windows. I'll be honest, I don't know much about it, but I've been meaning to give it a try. Maybe in my (snicker) spare time.

MUTE- new file-sharing program (and network?) that really seems to protect the user's privacy, thereby protecting them from lawsuits and other threats. Haven't used it myself, don't know how well it works in practice.

Soulseek- another file-sharing program and network. Again, haven't used it, but it seems more community-based than search-based. You find clusters of users who share some of your tastes and start swapping files with them. In some ways, makes it more likely you'll find any obscure music you're looking for.

Thunderbird- haven't used it, supposed to be like a cross between Firefox and Eudora, by the makers of Firefox.

Trillian- do you use AOL Instant Messenger, Netscape Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ or IRC? This program lets you access all of thsoe networks simultaneously, without the annoying pop-up ad windows that come with some of those other programs. I highly recommend it.

If anyone else can recommend other good programs, let me know.

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Eudora, Firefox and Thunderbird all run under Mac OS X, and we have a Soulseek client too.

Posted by: Mike at March 16, 2004 02:39 AM

I followed the link to Ad-Aware the other day and I'm loving it - thanks for pointing it out! It's exactly what I've been looking for, and there was an immediate noticeable difference in the speed of my computer after I got rid of the sludge.

Posted by: LB at March 16, 2004 05:04 AM

BitTorrent (http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent) is the fastest P2P tool I've used, and was essential for downloading the latest (http://www.mandrakelinux.com/) Mandrake Linux distribution (http://www.mandrakelinux.com/)at a healthy 30-40kb/s on a slow ISDN conection. Essential, since all the ftp sites were overloaded, and still are.

As for scumware, I find that Ad-Aware should be run in conjunction with Spybot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/). It's the same sort of program, with some nice extras like "immunizing" your browser so that these rotten downloads get blocked in the first place. As with anti-virus programs, these should be kept up to date.

As far as I can gather Spybot is a Windows-only app. Bit-Torrent is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Both are freeware.

Posted by: PB Curtis at March 17, 2004 04:26 PM

in addition to Eudora, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Soulseek, there's also a MUTE Client for Mac. and there's Fire (fire.sourceforge.net) which is similar to Trillian. As most mac-users know, there really isn't spyware for mac, so you don't really need ad-aware.

There are also several Linux distros available that run on macs. (Debian, MkLinux, RT-Linux, SUSE, Yellow Dog, HALinux , ELinOS, Source Mage, Mandrake, SharkLinux, and Intrinsyc)

I agree with PB Curtis that Bittorrent is the best solution for downloading large files, but I still use MUTE, Acquisition (a gnutella client for mac www.acquisitionx.com) and especially soulseek, to get music.

Something you might want to take a look at is the freenet project (www.freenetproject.org) which is an effort to preserve free speech on the internet by creating a system for publishing with complete anonymity in a way that is essentially invulnerable to outside interference.

Posted by: Jon Abinante at March 18, 2004 12:47 AM

try Limewire for free downloading.so far i have found it safe, speedy, easy to use,friendly and full of great music and poetry which i couldnt get elsewhere.
i tried soulseek and mute and couldnt get to grips with them.
muto birmingham

Posted by: muto at August 16, 2004 08:23 AM

try Limewire for free downloading.so far i have found it safe, speedy, easy to use,friendly and full of great music and poetry which i couldnt get elsewhere.
i tried soulseek and mute and couldnt get to grips with them.
muto birmingham

Posted by: muto at August 16, 2004 08:23 AM
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No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

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Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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