Tag Archive | internet

Net Neutrality is in Danger!

Revised: 12/14/2017

It’s a dark day for internet users. The vote was 3-2 to gut Net Neutrality. Who is running this country? 83% of American’s said this was not what they wanted! The Alabama Senate election was closer than that. Gesh. I hope everyone gets their binge watching in, as sites like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and other viewing sites will become expensive.

What’s next after the controversial repeal of the rules that polls have shown are supported by a majority of Americans? The latest, a survey released by the University of Maryland this week, found that 83 percent of Americans do not approve of Pai’s plan to deregulate ISPs, including 3 out of 4 Republicans.

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You know I’m not for big government, however Net Neutrality is a necessity!  Take a look at this hilarious video, if you’re not sure what net neutrality is or how it will effect your internet. The vote is December 14th. Contact your local government to stop this nonsense! You can send a message to the jerk that’s heading this revolting action here.


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Stop the TPP!!

There are many things we don’t know about the Trans Pacific Partnership because our government is keeping the information behind closed doors. So far, what has been speculated to be included in the partnership is downright scary, in my opinion! Lifesaving drugs won’t be allowed to have a generic, less costly version, internet speeds will lessen and your internet provider will be able to track your every search. Other countries will be able to sue the United States for profits lost due to our stronger regulations. Paygrades will also go down to meet the standards of other countries in the partnership. Some Vietnamese workers make less than 65 cents an hour… And we complain about our $7.25?!? If you were for a McDonald’s worker making $10 an hour, this partnership would squash that.

There is no reason that this trade agreement should be hidden from the American public!!

Please go to any of the many websites that have petitions to sign against it, call your representative or even reblog this post 😉

Although we only had until January 13th to speak publically about it, there are still things you can do to help stop TPP.


Cable Companies Don’t Give a F*ck!!

We have a battle of the internet going on. Two of the largest internet providers (Comcast & Time Warner) are trying to merge which would create a huge monopoly. When there are no other options, they would be free to charge website owners to pay for their site to be faster. It is neutral now (Net Neutrality), for the most part, however sites that stream content (like Amazon, Netflix, YouTube…) are charged higher rates. There are also dangers of our first amendment rights of free speech! Please be aware of your rights fellow bloggers, the freedom of the internet is taken for granted… This is a strong threat!!

This video contains vulgar language… =-) Bull-ya

How to “Follow Me” or RSS Feed this Post

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I have only just started this blog & realized I have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging!

Many of my fans… HA! I have fans! OK, they are really called ‘followers’, have asked me how this whole blogging thing works. Can they get emails when I post? Can they sign-up for something, somewhere to make reading easier than logging in daily to see if I have left some words of wisdom? I’ve got an answer for ya’all, abet maybe not a ‘total geek answer’, but I think I can walk you through it.

I’m found for now on wordpress.com, specifically, midwesternplants.wordpress.com. The easiest way to “follow me” would be to sign up with wordpress.com. I have seen the ‘FOLLOW’ button on the top left but oddly, I have also seen the FOLLOW button at the bottom right of the page also. I think the difference is that if you are a Word press contributor, the button is on top. This way, you will get an email each time I post and can just follow the link in the mail.

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The next way to follow me would be through a RSS reader. RSS or Real Simple Syndication is a type of program/language that allows content (my blog) to be downloaded into a reader of your choice to make following the chosen content easier and faster.

I do not normally quote Wikipedia, but they said it best.

“RSS feeds can be read using software called an “RSS reader“, “feed reader”, or “aggregator“, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed’s URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is automatically checked for and advertised by their browsers as soon as it is available.”

There are many readers out there, and you’ll have to check out a few for yourself. I do have some suggestions to help you though… Never fear!


You come to this program daily for your mail, why not have your feeds come into it also?

You may need to get help if you have a different version of Outlook than me (2010), but it was quite easy to sign up. Right click on the RSS feed area; a box asking for the feed address appears. You will need to fill in the whole kabob (cut & paste): http://www.midwesternplants.wordpress.com/feed

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It’s that easy. It will appear like my friend’s feed, under the RSS Feed section.

Internet Explorer:

If you dock your favs on the side, you can see the tabs, Favorites-Feeds-History.

If the RSS feed icon on your toolbar is orange, then there is a feed on the page you are viewing, if it’s gray, there is no feed. My button is located in the group with ‘home’, ‘print’, etc. If you do not see this icon, left click on the toolbar and drop down to ‘add buttons’. Look for RSS feed and add.


Signing up is a cakewalk. Just click on the symbol and IE will ask you if you want to subscribe, say ‘yes’ and you are signed up. Now whenever you open IE, it will try to fetch any new articles.


I don’t have a lot of experience with FF, but it doesn’t seem to have a feed reader associated with it. If anyone knows differently, please let us know in a comment! Yes, there is an icon, just like IE that indicates a feed or not.


It is a dark gray when there is a feed, light if not. When you click on the icon, it asks me if I would like to use my Outlook to read the blog. This is why I wonder if there is a reader or not, as to why it would direct me to Outlook instead of using a FF technology?

Phone Apps:

This is my favorite way to keep up on the blogs I follow. No more of my time is wasted in store lines, waiting rooms, and yes, even the pooper. All my reading material is on my phone in an instant.

All readers are different and everyone has different preferences. Mine were a good layout, populate stories promptly and to download the whole story during Wi-Fi availability. I have a Samsung Galaxy II (android). Sorry, I have no iphone suggestions, but if you do, please comment!

The ones I tried and passed on, mostly because of layout, but some did not populate promptly were: Feedly, eReader, Goodnews, EasyRSS, Dolphin Reader, RSS Junkie, and Open RSS Reader.

The reader that won status on the homepage of my phone was RSS Demon. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meecel.feedreader.RssDemonAd&hl=en

I hope this was helpful, as writing it was not the easiest task. I will not be writing many off topic articles, but I do enjoy technology & might slip some in occasionally that I actually do know something about like great landscaping apps.