WordPress Blog Deleted, Violation of Terms Of Service???

My WordPress blog, andrewapeterson.wordpress.com was suddenly deleted tonight for no apparent reason.  

Here's the letter I sent to Automattic:

I have been blogging on WordPress.com for a few years and I am totally ethical, legal, and within the WP TOS in my practices.

Tonight while trying to save a post, I got this message:
"The authors have deleted this blog. The content is no longer available"

I'm almost positive this is a software-oriented mistake, since after going through the TOS of WP.com, I really don't think I've done anything that would make Automattic want to delete my content and URI.

Now, when I go to my wordpress address, andrewapeterson.wordpress.com, it says this (which is horrible):
"This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service"

Please! Don't let the axe fall on legit people like me because of a "false positive"

If there's some random thing that I did that's against the TOS that I'm unaware of, can you just inform me of that and give me the opportunity to change it?


Thank you for being a sociable company, and please write back.
Andrew A. Peterson

I have moved to WordPress

If you found this old blog of mine, well, so did I. I'm cleaning up my online Identity and so I want you to know that I am now at andrewapeterson.wordpress.com

quirkalicious content!

vlogging, blogging, podcasting... One thing I notice about the aesthetic of the way these things tend to be is that there's a sort of down-to-earth-ness about the way people are presenting it all. When ordinary people make stuff and put it out there, it tends to not have the layer of gloss added to traditional mainstream content. What's interesting to me about this is that people who are into podcasts and blogging and what not seem to prefer it this way.

The timing couldn't be better for Adam Curry and Apple to start this recent push of awareness about RSS and all that. I don't mean because the technology is ready, or because on-demand and subscription-based audio and video content seem to be lining up to take over the way we get our entertainment. Obviously the technology makes it all possible but I mean in a cultural way, people seem to be ready HUNGRY for citizen-created content, with all its quirky, spunky, amateur "lo-fi," homegrown honesty.

I see it as a sort of backlash to decades of the shiny, advertisement-driven, mass-manipulation-based programming on TV and the radio. There's something going on in the collective unconscious that wants to not be lied to and to have more of a sense that the people we're listening to or watching are actually people. Flaws and all. People you feel like you can understand or people you might be friends with Etc. So the media super-hero thing like the traditional ultra-butch news anchor and the idyllic leave-it-to-beaver-family might be finally losing their appeal.

It's not just the RSS-related stuff that proves this. Look at the popularity of "reality" programming in the last decade. Look at the out-of-left-field sudden popularity of documentary films. Right? Isn't it all the same sort of appeal?

So when I'm clicking around on MySpace, seeing all these funky-ass, eye-straining HTML designs on people's profiles, complete with usually horrific music that all too often crashes my browser, I can't help it marvel at this fact: MySpace is a form of entertainment. Wait. But these are people. Just ordinary people, Putting themselves out there to be looked at... Telling the world what music they like, what movies, Their Dreams, aspirations, their secrets... But it is entertaining.

woe... It's like voyeurism. It reminds me quite a bit of reality programming actually.

Think about it. Add it all together and apply the equation to...


How about less attendance at movie-theaters lately?

I mean half the teenagers I know can edit video. Kids can make 3-D animations on their computers at home! Why should we go and see the latest fat-budget Hollywood action movie? Isn't it fair to say that watching a documentary on how the latest spiderman movie's special effects were done would be just as entertaining [if not more] to a lot of us as watching the latest spiderman movie?? I guess Hollywood needs to pay closer attention to what young people like to spend their time doing. I bet if someone spied on their neighbors, filmed it all, and edited in to a feature, that would do very well at the box office right now. I think homemade films are going to become more and more popular.

When my parents, generation dies off, it will be interesting to see how politicians adapt to this cut-the-bullshit era.


Am I going to get in trouble for reposting this? I sure hope not. I did not write this. -Andrew

Cisco to Buy Scientific-Atlanta for $6.9B

AP Technology Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Cisco Systems Inc. agreed Friday to acquire set-top-box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. for about $6.9 billion in a move that would create a one-stop shop - and a market leader - in distributing television to living rooms over the Internet.

The deal, Cisco's largest in terms of revenue and headcount, capitalizes on a business that's expected to explode as telephone companies deploy fiber-based networks capable of carrying TV signals and broadcasters shift to digital transmissions.

It fits into Cisco's strategy of expanding into areas that are moving toward standards on the language of the Internet - a transition that creates an opportunity to grow revenue with new business and enhance its traditional routers and switches that direct data over networks.

"Video is emerging as the key strategic application in the service provider triple play bundle of consumer entertainment, communication and online services," said John Chambers, Cisco president and chief executive. "The addition of Scientific-Atlanta further extends Cisco's commitment to and leadership in the service provider market."

For Scientific-Atlanta, the deal is expected to bring more capital and fuel its expansion beyond cable TV companies that have been relatively slow to introduce new technologies to customers, said Josh Bernoff, an analyst at Forrester Research.

"Cisco has struggled to succeed both with telephone and cable companies. Scientific-Atlanta is sort of in a position where innovation and capital push would be helpful for them," he said. "We think this is going to make some real changes in the industry."

Cisco is paying $43 a share for Scientific-Atlanta, which competes primarily against Motorola Inc. in making set-top boxes for television programs and movies-on-demand. That is a 3.7 percent premium over its closing price on Thursday.

Scientific-Atlanta shares rose 68 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $42.13 in late morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange, while Cisco shares slipped 38 cents to $16.99 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Cisco said Scientific-Atlanta will become a division of its routing and service provider technology group, led by Cisco Senior Vice President Mike Volpi. It also identified it as the eighth of its "advanced technologies," which means it expects the business to generate more than a billion dollars in revenue within five to seven years.

Jim McDonald, Scientific-Atlanta's president and chief executive, said the deal arose in part because customers are now expecting bundled services.

"These customers want more complete integrated solutions from fewer vendors," said McDonald, who said he will remain with the company for two years.

He said the purchase will help Cisco reduce the complexity of data transfer to service providers and other customers.

The deal, which was approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco's fiscal 2006 calendar, pending closing conditions.

San Jose-based Cisco said it expects the deal to be neutral to its fiscal 2006 earnings, while slightly boosting its fiscal 2007 profit before items. Cisco said it will finance the transaction with cash and debt.

Analysts expect Cisco to earn $1.03 per share for fiscal 2006, and $1.18 per share for fiscal 2007, according to a Thomson Financial survey.

Scientific-Atlanta said last month that its fiscal first-quarter profit grew 9 percent to $60.7 million, but sales of $490 million fell shy of Wall Street's expectations.

Earlier this month, Cisco said its fiscal first-quarter profit slipped as it expensed employee stock options for the first time and the company predicted weaker-than-expected sales. The company has its core business of routers and switches that direct data traffic over the Internet as well as its advanced technologies.

Other advanced technologies include as storage, Internet telephony, wireless and security products. Most recently, it announced its seventh - a product for small businesses to receive services over the Internet.


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What I want in a browser

Since I just got done complaining about how much I hate having to download additional applications and plug-ins in order to use the online content I want to use, I should now point out that the web-browser needs a major overhaul in order to be compatible with the internet of the future. Having to use various additional programs like iTunes, the Odeo Syncr, Veoh, DTV etc, in order to manage online content is not acceptable. One program that manages the online experience is the way it needs to be and that one program is the web-browser. Here I will announce some of my demands for a more user-friendly browser and in turn, a better internet experience in general.

Bookmarks. I want multiple views of my bookmarks. I want to be able to view my bookmarks in order of how recently I added the bookmark, alphabetically by the "title" I give a bookmark as well as alphabetically by the actual URL, and I want subgroups for my bookmarks or folders that I can organize how I see fit. Apple's Safari does this in a way, but the user must go to a new view to manage it all. I really think it needs to be more "live" than it is, more like an active toolbar. One click re-ordering of bookmarks would be nice.

Also, I want bookmarks to be dynamic. It would be great if my bookmarks could change color when a site has been updated. And how about this: If a site happens to be an RSS feed with embedded media, like Rocketboom's feed or the Four Eyed Monsters Video Podcast, the bookmark could have a third color to indicate that there is new media to download. Then, with a right-click on the bookmark, I could select "Download New Media" from the little menu. See? Then I wouldn't have to GO TO a site in order to get its audio/video content. And I wouldn't waste any time going to a site that hasn't changed since I was there last.

Another thing that would improve the online experience for me is to be able to view the heading of the most recent article of numerous RSS feeds in one page-view. This would effectively be kind of like having a "My Yahoo" built into the browser.

In addition, assuming that we're going to continue to have a player/jukebox type application in addition to a browser, I think it's time to resolve all this download-path drama. When I download a video, I want it to be waiting for me in iTunes when I'm ready to watch videos, complete with an "Unseen" indicater dot next to it like an unviewed podcast. That goes for audio content too. ID3 tags, or other embedded data could effect where the browser downloads to, so if the tag says podcast, the file gets saved to the appropriate directory, not the desktop [unless you want it there].

I did a rough hack-n-slash in Photoshop to provide a visual example of some of these things as if they were implemented into Apple's Safari browser. Green bookmark could mean a site has changed since I last visited it. Blue could mean there's something new to download. In this picture, the most recent entry from six different feeds is shown.

I will be writing more about what I would like to see happen to the web-browser as I continue to realize how much is missing from my daily internet experience.

By the way, why can't the OS have an "UN-OPENED" indication on ALL files on all drives? So when you download something, perhaps the file name could be red instead of black until you actually open the file for the first time. That would be great. I'm sure I'm not the first person to have thought of that. It can be hard to find files sometimes and it seems like I'm looking for files I'll be opening for the first time about half the time i'm digging at all.

Hey Apple: Get right on these things! OK? Oh, and by the way, don't charge me for the upgrade either!

What I hate about the iTunes Music Store, Veoh and Odeo...

Software. Damn if I have to download and install more RSS aggregation programs! I have Odeo, Itunes & Veoh. I need them all because there isn't a one-stop for all media embedded in RSS feeds.

Why? Why is Apple playing the proprietorship game? Why did they make special iTunes XML tags without which, you cannot be in their directory of "free" content? Why do you have to have a credit card number on file with them in order to submit a feed?

Meanwhile, Odeo has a pretty good setup. It allows Tags like Technorati which is cool, but it doesn't work so well with the iTunes program, which I like.

I just got Veoh running. It's cool. There's a fair amount of content on there. And for the maker of content, they'll allow you to upload the videos, or submit a feed. Oh- and Veoh implements BitTorrent apparently. Gotta give 'em props for that.

But When I'm looking through Veoh's content, Or the iTMS's podcasts, I can't help it wonder: Why the hell do I have to use THEIR software to browse what is essentially just a website? Odeo's site is just that, a website. Same with BlipTV. I get to browse using MY browser, not some stripped-down near-browser like Veoh's program or iTunes when you go to the iTMS. But I'll be damned, I have to launch the Odeo Syncer if I want my Odeo subscriptions to start downloading, and BlipTV doesn't do auto-download.

Is it just me or shouldn't all this be built right into a user's regular web-browser?

And speaking of browsers, when are Apple and Microsoft finally going to realize that there's no advantage to them in not letting the other's users get the latest plug-in... I think I'm like 3 versions behind on my Windows Media Player plugin. And it seemed like it took forever for Apple to release H.264 Quicktime for Windows users.

Flash, Quicktime, Real Player, Acrobat Reader, Windows Media, Shockwave!! Isn't it supposed to be the nineties or something?!? Shouldn't nice new computers be able to view the internet right out of the box?

There's no advantage for these companies to make an internet user's experience less enjoyable.

You may sense my frustration. I wish Apple, Microsoft, Macromedia and all these emerging audio/video content channels did.

Gee Whizzz.

Prediction: EDITED ooops

In the near future, the cable-television industry, The telephone companies, with their fiber-optic broadband infrastructure will win out over the telephone companies, the cable-television industry, as internet service providers and as providers of voice-communication. Around the same time we will begin to see the personal computer replace the television.

Video and Audio On-Demand will become Cheap and Easy.


I realize now that i need to do this, so let me just jump right in:

Obviously, if you care, and if you've been paying attention, there's a lot going on right now in the realm of "free" online "content." Mostly, these things stem from the widespread implementation of RSS: Blogging, Podcasting, Vlogging, Video-Podcasting Etc... Then there's the content GO-TO's. Things like: the iTunes Music Store, Veoh, VideoEgg, all the other podcast/blog "aggregaters," like Odeo Etc, then sites and services like Current_TV, PutFile Etc... There's the RSS-consolidation sites, like Technorati, And now the search-engines like Google and Yahoo are getting into providing video content too...

I'm asking myself constantly: "Where is this going?"

Instead of ANSWERING in bold print, I think I need to be asking more questions...

Why is this happening? Why is it a good thing? What is standing in the way?
What are some of the Frustrations faced by USERS of these new technologies in the "media landscape" that is emerging?
What would be more IDEAL for the users and content creators? What improvements need to be made to these new and tenative infrastructures in order for any of them to last?

I think I need to start with where I imagine this is going... Or actually, WHY is it going? I don't consider myself a visionary, but I think I undersand the push that's going on right now and some of the causes of it:

*Media in general is too expensive, and lacking in quality.

*As expansive and open as the WWW is, it is difficult to find good content online.

*File-sharing has devalued traditional content for the internet's most effective [and important] users.

*In general, creatives do not make nearly as much on a media product as the providers/distibutors do [big problem for me because I'm a multi-artist].

*As of recently, the price of decent-quality audio and video production equipment has become low enough to make it possible for there to be so much new, varying, decent-quality content out there on the web.

*BitTorrent, or "file-sharing" at large has made it possible for nearly any intellegent, and/or slightly saavy creative-type to get ahold of professional software for free, however often illegally.

I will probably edit this, but for now those are the main factors I see driving this shift, which is effectively the shift toward the internet as THE ONLY PLACE TO GO.

[this is my intro-post...more to come]