Free and Open Net

Net Neutrality has been in the news of late.

My take is that it’s being repealed to gain more control over the populace as opposed to allowing the big corporations to make more money.

A return to the days of AOL, a walled garden, would be the death knell of innovation. The Internet, as we know it today, was built on the shoulders of volunteers. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP are all innovations that were given away for the betterment of humankind.

Let’s say Net Neutraily is indeed repealed after a lengthy court fight, yours truly will lament the news, but I won’t go about bitching or hacking my way towards revenge, no I’ll just go away and direct my talents towards woodworking or gardening, something along the lines of an analog lifestyle.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Internet, but if it goes away, I won’t be freaking out. I never went the social route, no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., for me. I don’t live or die on other people’s opinions, I could care less.

The Internet for me was and continues to be an educational goldmine, what I’ve learned is immeasurable. From 1995, turning an old Compaq computer into a Red Hat server, to today, where Debian runs in a virtual machine on a Windows 10 laptop, it’s been a long rewarding journey.

What knowledge I’ve gained, I’ve tried to give back, that’s how Open Source works. This spirit of giving back is how the Internet was built, one program at a time, one volunteer hacking away on his or her spare time into the wee hours of the night. Shame if it goes away.

Ajit Pai, tread lightly, it could all backfire on you.

Mother, should I run for president?
Mother, should I trust the government?
Mother, will they put me in the firing line?
Ooh, aah, is it just a waste of time?