Back in my HiWired blog days I had a category called internet speech where I documented good and bad news concerning internet free speech you can still find some of those pages in google cache.

One of the things I give major kudos to the company for is none of those posts were ever restricted although they only loosely were on a tech issue.

Well the HiWired blog is gone but next speech issues haven’t:

On Thursday, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo, was summoned to appear at the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of domestic security. A day earlier, Yoani Sanchez, the nation’s most prominent blogger, was told by authorities that her activities had “crossed the limits of tolerance,” and was told she couldn’t hold a planned meeting this Saturday of local bloggers, according to Ms. Sanchez.

Ms. Sanchez, who writes a blog called “Generation Y,” is at the forefront of a small group of bloggers in Cuba who chronicle life on the island and occasionally vent against its government, which was run for the past 49 years by Fidel Castro until he stepped aside earlier this year for health reasons and handed power to his brother Raúl. Ms. Sanchez was the subject of a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal in December, 2007. The 33-year-old wife and mother has won several awards recently for her work, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people this year.

Babalu Blog simply owns this story just keep scrolling. He also has a post of round up links to other blogs here.

You know it an odd coincidence that our friends on the left declare President Bush as the great repressor of rights yet people have made a fortune calling him a Nazi, terrorist, idiot et al. Yet it is almost impossible to avoid people going after him in film, print and TV on a daily basis. These people are lionized by the left and called speakers of truth to power.

However it always seems like places like Cuba , Iran, China, North Korea, Syria et-al that tend to actually jail people for their opinions don’t seem to rate that treatment or even publicity for those jailed. I suspect acknowledgment of such violates their political beliefs which seem more like a religion every day.

It brings to mind two Doctor Who quotes the first from Face of Evil:

You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering.

The second from Image of the Fendahl:

But Gran just because people believed the word was flat didn’t it didn’t make it so,

Ah but they Behaved as if ’twere flat

For some left and right as Michelle Malkin points out today, the world will always be flat.

I’m been a tad depressing (well other than this post) but I do want to acknowledge a few things:

First of all when a friend of mine heard about our situation he insisted on having us over for thanksgiving. It was in incredible Thanksgiving and fun both socially and in terms of food, (but I was unable to get his CD drives to work, did share out the drive on the 2nd machine the next day as a temp work around.)

Second of all I rent out an apartment to a friend of mine. Been his landlord for 17 years. Every Christmas we discount his rent as a gift. When he showed up on at the house to pay the rent is insisted on paying the full amount , wouldn’t take no for an answer.

That’s just two examples there have been others as well, its nice to know your friends have your back when you need it.

If I ever become rich and successful this pair of e-mailed received 3 min apart will keep me humble, details removed to protect the innocent:

Sent 12/4/2008 2:38 p.m.:

We have reviewed your application and are very interested in speaking with you further about the position…

Sent 12/4/2008 2:41 p.m.:

Please disregard my last email. We are still reviewing your application and get back to you shortly.

Some things are just plain funny even when they happen to you.

I’ve been teased a bit about not being on facebook, most of the guys I worked with are there and the HiWired group is rather large or so I’m told.

I might be one of only two who don’t have of the crowd who doesn’t have a facebook account account. Then again maybe it isn’t a bad thing considering today’s news

Reports circulated today about a virulent piece of malware making its way around Facebook, a major hub of the social Web with 120 million users. Because of its walled-off internal e-mail system, Facebook has long been a tough target for spammers and other fraudsters, but the “Koobface” virus is a sign that the relative viral calm on the site — which just today announced an ambitious program to extend its services outside its own tight perimeter — may have been a luxury.

The virus’ most insidious property is that users receive the offending message from a friend: On Facebook, only people whom users have explicitly approved as friends can send them e-mails.

So I guess I’m immune but I’ve gotta figure that a group of ex tech support people will likely be able to dodge this stuff.

Then again I still haven’t purchased a cell phone yet either…

One of the pleasures of having a new blog is getting the initial comments meaning someone is bothering to read you.

One comment to this post got me actually laughing, I posted it to the chat room where a few of us former HiWired people hang out. I quote the question here:

I am not finding any other information about them going ‘belly up’. What is the source of your infirmation? (sic)

Considering I was one of the initial techs approached about the pilot program and was involved in it. I took the initial call. I was one of the initial techs hired and worked there the entire time the company was open, posted 1000+ posts on the company blog and was actually still on the phone with a customer when we closed and missed the initial message to shut down so you could say I took the last call too. I’d say I have some solid info.

However David’s question is a lot less funny when you check out google news. The first 5 days I checked every day for news of HiWired or Ctrl-Center or whatever closing and didn’t see a thing and frankly didn’t bother checking after that. But as I check today I STILL don’t see anything on the subject and the phone message as of two days ago suggests a service outage. As Limbaugh would say , zip, zero nada.

Maybe we aren’t a big enough company to matter with all the bad economic stuff going on, its pretty sad to go from the PC Mag editor’s choice to non-existence in the space of a year but you would think it would be mentioned SOMEWHERE.

I can say that the local Office Max had our product sold under their brand off the shelves by the 24th and the local Bj’s pulled it off by the 25th both are near the Unemployment office so I checked them out after I filed.

I still have no idea if the board plans on trying to salvage the name and the existing contracts, if they plan on going Indian, if they plan on selling the name to one of the contracts, if the banks owns the name or someone else. My inside info disappeared when the company did. I would think all of that was still possible, in fact I had wondered if they would simply re-organize and hire us back at a pay cut but I’ve heard nothing. Unfortunately for us but fortunately for the country we didn’t have high powered lobbyists to convince taxpayers to keep us afloat.

So I think it is pretty safe to say we are Kaput, but if anyone knows otherwise I’d be very interested.

Today the wife got paid, with the final check that we got from HiWired and the bi-weekly pay that we had, this will be the last week that a regular normal paycheck will arrive in the house. Next week I will be empty, the week that follows She will be paid and I will get my first unemployment check (baring disaster or success) so that might cover it as normal, but the countdown is on to the “how do we pay the bills?” days.

The good news is my oldest has only 5 more payments on his highschool and I have under a year to go on my car loan. The bad news is college looms and between this and the crash in the markets the college fund and reserve is tanked.

We will see how the countdown goes so far I’ve had one semi interview for a position at 75% of what I was making and no chance for an increase but they haven’t called back. I’m a bit worried now but I’m not going to go into full worry mode till sometime after Christmas. So we will see.

Wish me luck.

Tom Freeman gets it to some degree. No Nelson for him.

On Feb. 6, 2006, three Pakistanis died in Peshawar and Lahore during violent street protests against Danish cartoons that had satirized the Prophet Muhammad. More such mass protests followed weeks later. When Pakistanis and other Muslims are willing to take to the streets, even suffer death, to protest an insulting cartoon published in Denmark, is it fair to ask: Who in the Muslim world, who in Pakistan, is ready to take to the streets to protest the mass murders of real people, not cartoon characters, right next door in Mumbai?

Good question, its been asked on the right for years and ignored, lets see if that changes when asked by a columnist of the New York Times?

Oh and if you are too young to understand the title of this post read this.

When HiWired went belly up one of the first things that hit me was the backup. I have the HiWired backup (read Carbonite) on my primary family system so I figured it would be a good idea to restore that backup to an external hard drive I had. Not only would it be an extra copy of all the latest stuff but it would give us an idea if the backup was still functioning.

Well yesterday my restore function completed and all the files downloaded successfully. That could mean one of several things:

#1 We paid Carbonite monthly and the built in grace period hasn’t expired.

#2 We paid Carbonite yearly and the year for mine isn’t up let.

#3 The “Owners” are keeping the backup active since unless there is an issue they figure they can recoup funds through it and either route tech issues to Carbonite or hire temps to cover the few backup issues

#4 Nobody thought to turn it off.

If you have the backup if would be a pretty good idea to do that download as well, why take a chance.

Oh and if you DO restore to an external hard drive do a virus scan on it, found a couple of virus’ on the download that weren’t present in the system.