Open Letter from 1&1 Internet about SOPA

If you haven’t heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) you really need to pay attention because it’s a horribly written law that would change the fundamental structure of the Internet. More than 40 industry-leading companies have spoken out against the law, trying to explain that the law would destroy the infrastructure of the Internet while doing little to nothing to stop piracy. Even Lamar Smith, SOPA’s Texas-based republican author and backer, has been hard-pressed to come up with excuses to push the bill… and yet it still keeps coming.

In a letter from Frederick Iwans, general manager of 1&1 Internet, a few thousand customers have received a (mostly) layman’s explanation of why 1&1 has never supported SOPA. (Even as their direct competitor, GoDaddy, embraced SOPA and suffered the wrath of their customers.)

Have a read and decide for yourself…

Dear Sir/Miss,

You may have heard about Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently under consideration in Congress. If passed, among other things, SOPA requires Web hosting companies like 1&1 to police websites in order to prevent them from communicating copyrighted information on the internet. We would like to make sure you are aware of 1&1’s official position on SOPA.

As a global provider of domains and hosting services, we oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or Protect-IP (PIPA) Acts currently under consideration. While we observe the concerns of those who are troubled by the potential impact on protecting intellectual property online, 1&1 feels there is an urgent need to strike a balance between dissemination of and access to information and protection against its illegal use within the public domain.

The US government is currently reviewing SOPA and PIPA as possible ways to prevent unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials available on the internet. These current proposals, if passed, would allow for significant interventions into the technological and economical basis of the internet.

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TRTL STAND for iPhone 4/4S

Photographic journalists say that the best camera to capture the moment is the one that you have with you. For most of us normal folks, that camera is our mobile phone. Very handy, but wouldn’t it be great to have a tripod so that you can be a part of the picture too?

TRTL BOT’s “STAND” case for iPhone 4 / 4S provides a tripod and more in a simple smart phone case.

TRTL STAND for iPhone 4 / 4S
  • Good protection for the iPhone
  • Environment friendly
  • Very stable tripod in such a small package
  • Only fits iPhone 4 /4S
  • Plastics are thick, add bulk to iPhone
Price $29.95
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Review: The Technocel PowerPak XT

The days of a charger for every gadget, a cable for every gizmo, and a power brick for every toy are, thankfully, long gone.

The movement towards USB charging/syncing systems has been a blessing to aspiring gadgeteers who have too often been lost in a tangle of adapters and cords. Sure, there’s the odd device or two that needs a proprietary charger because of a higher power demand, but for the most part I EXPECT my gadgets to be chargeable via a standard USB port. This has been especially helpful for the road warrior, the mobile menace, the “my office is everywhere” professional who needs to travel light, pack smart and NEVER run out of power.

That’s why we took a look at the PowerPak XT from Technocel.

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