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Google Fiber Draws Startups To Kansas City

mysqlrocks Re:Burlington Telecom (123 comments)

Burlington Telecom is offering 1Gb symmetrical service in Burlington,VT for $150/month; which is quite a bit more expensive than the Google Fiber in Kansas City, but Burlington is a much smaller town.

I've started an initiative called BTV Gig with the goal of leveraging gigabit Internet speeds for the benefit of the community of Burlington, Vermont. If you haven't already heard of it, you may want to check it out. We had a Gigabit Salon last month with over 30 people sharing ideas on how we can leverage this network to benefit our community. We're working on a report documenting how we can take this initiative forward and have some other events in the works.

about a year and a half ago

5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

mysqlrocks Re:Other Gigabit Communities (80 comments)

BTV is our airport code and a common shorthand for Burlington, Vermont. It's used as the hashtag on Twitter for our city, for example.

about a year ago

5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

mysqlrocks Other Gigabit Communities (80 comments)

While Google Fiber is getting most of the attention, Kansas City isn't the only place with gigabit Internet speeds. Chattanooga, Tennessee and Burlington, Vermont (my city) both have gigabit Internet via fiber-to-the-home as well as a few other places around the country. I've started an initiative in Burlington called BTV Gig ( to try and bring attention to this and decide how our community is going to leverage gigabit.

about a year ago

Ask Candidate Jeremy Hansen About Direct Democracy in Vermont

mysqlrocks Citizen vs. Professional Legislature (245 comments)

I am a Vermont resident (although not in your district). Vermont is a state with a citizen legislature, meaning that it is comprised primarily of citizens who have jobs outside of being a legislator. From a citizen legislature, direct democracy a logical next step on the continuum of representational democracy. However, is direct democracy too much of a leap for legislative bodies that are currently made up of professional legislators? Aren't there some benefits to having a professional legislature? For example, professional legislators can spend more time understanding the domains behind individual issues. Do you agree with this assessment?

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

mysqlrocks Re:Specific Issues (93 comments)

What do you suppose the ASF would do? The Apache Software Foundation hosts projects that meet certain standards, but they do not manage any of the projects themselves.

When I said, "reach out to the Apache project itself" I meant sending an email to the CouchDB project's mailing list or otherwise contacting contributors to the Apache CouchDB project. I didn't mean contacting the ASF.

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

mysqlrocks Specific Issues (93 comments)

It would be interesting to hear more from Canonical about what specific issues they ran into. They say that they worked with "the company behind CouchDB." While Couchbase is one company "behind" the project, CouchDB itself is an Apache project. Did they reach out to the Apache project itself? Also, why build something completely new rather than provide patches to existing software? I'm sure they had good reasons, but I'd like to hear some more details about what did and didn't work for them.

more than 2 years ago

5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US

mysqlrocks Re:Felt in Vermont (614 comments)

Yup—felt it here in Burlington, Vermont as well. We're on the third floor of an old mill building, so really felt the swaying back-and-forth.

about 3 years ago

Free DARPA Software Lets Gamers Hunt Submarines

mysqlrocks Obligatory (213 comments)

In Soviet Russia, Submarines hunt you!

more than 3 years ago

Pittsburgh, Seattle Announce Interest In Google's Fiber Trial

mysqlrocks Burlington, Vermont (144 comments)

Several citizens from Burlington, Vermont have contacted Google about this for our city. Someone on the City Council has asked the mayor to approach Google, as well. We actually already have a municipal fiber-optic network, Burlington Telecom. However, they are currently experiencing financial troubles and the City is considering bringing in an outside investor or partner. Google, if you want to come here we've already got the fiber in the ground. Let's talk ;)

more than 4 years ago

Don't Share That Law! It's Copyrighted

mysqlrocks Re:California Strikes Again HOORAY! (481 comments)

Um, I think you meant to reply to the parent to my post (since that's where the quote you used came from).

about 6 years ago



Cars Lost In Flood—But Critical Servers Save

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  about 3 years ago

mysqlrocks writes "As Tropical Storm Irene swamped Vermont state offices with flooding of epic proportions, IT staff took it upon themselves to save critical servers. At the same time, their cars left in the parking lot were lost to the flooding. From the article:

Two AHS employees —network administrator Andrew Matt and deputy chief information officer Darin Prail — parked their cars behind the AHS building at around 6 p.m. that Sunday, August 28, and rushed in to save the equipment. When they came back outside, giant trees were floating by and the entire parking lot was under water. So were their cars.


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Draft Horses Used to Lay Fiber-Optic Cable

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysqlrocks writes "In Vermont, FairPoint Communications has enlisted draft horses to help lay fiber-optic cable in remote locations. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has pledged to bring bring broadband to every last mile by 2013, including many remote areas that have been neglected in the past. Private companies have been unwilling to invest in the expensive infrastructure needed to reach these areas. However, Vermont's congressional delegation helped to secure $410 million in federal money earmarked for broadband development and Vermont has partnered with private companies, like FairPoint, to bring high-speed Internet access to all Vermonters.

From the article:

The difficulty of getting cable to "every last mile," is where Fred, the cable-carrying draft horse, comes in.

"Hopefully it pays off," says Hastings.

"We could maybe get a four-wheeler in here," he continues, gesturing to the cleared swath of boggy, fern-studded terrain that he's working in today. But definitely not a truck, and Fred's impact is nearly invisible. Residents rarely complain about a draft horse tromping through their yards.


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CouchDB 1.0 Released

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bradley Holt writes "CouchDB, an Apache project, is a free/open source RESTful JSON document (NoSQL) database with map reduce views and peer-based replication. Version 1.0 is 300% faster than the previous version and includes Microsoft Windows support, an authentication system, and flexible replicator options. ReadWriteEnterprise and InfoWorld cover the release. Couchio has a clever release announcement as well."
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Google's Customer Service for Businesses

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bradley writes "Based on my experience today, it appears that Google offers little or no customer service to their business customers. One of our clients had their Google Checkout account unjustly suspended this morning and we have not been able to get a response from customer service. It has been over eight hours and seventeen emails with not a peep from a single Google representative. Read the article for details and a mind-boggling phone conversation with Google corporate."
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Zend Technologies Releases Zend Framework 1.5

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bradley.holt writes "The release of Zend Framework 1.5 has officially been announced. This new release contains many new features including support for the new YouTube API, OpenID, Microsoft's InfoCard, LDAP authentication, Nirvanix media content and storage delivery support, a forms component, new layout and view enhancements, updated Lucene search engine, and extended AJAX support. It has also been announced that Zend Framework will be included in Ubuntu's Universe repository. From the announcement:

Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP Company, today announced the availability of version 1.5 of Zend Framework, the popular open source PHP framework. Zend Framework is an open source project best known for its support for fast, efficient creation of PHP applications. It has developed a strong community and has attracted contributions from over 400 individual and corporate-sponsored developers, including Microsoft, Fox Interactive Media, IBM and Google. Since its debut, Zend Framework has been downloaded over four million times. It can be downloaded from .

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Slashdot Moderation

mysqlrocks mysqlrocks writes  |  about 9 years ago So, what happens if no one moderates my comments one way or the other? How do I ever pull myself out of the -1 scores? Seems to me that slashdot is a representation of the distribution of wealth. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.

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