- RT @jdiercks heard from slicehost that they’re replacing bad ram in a bunch of servers — glad they’re being proactive http://ping.fm/I8rAH #
- Washington Post ombudsman agrees with netroots: George Will “sea ice” column distorts the facts http://bit.ly/16QzWq #
- NPR: “CIA And Pentagon Wonder: Could Mexico Implode?” Implications too dramatic to imagine in TX/AZ/CA border regions http://bit.ly/ZjW2Z #
- “Translating “The Economist” Behind China’s Great Firewall” http://bit.ly/FMrW9 Crowdsourcing xlation, w/blessing of publisher #
- “Wikipedia in Theory” http://bit.ly/19x4nZ Sage Ross good dissection of Wikipedia “Epistemic cultures” critique #
- Who needs Hay-on-Wye? “Thousands in scramble for free books after Amazon supplier abandons warehouse” http://bit.ly/95G0Q #
- Marine One (US Presidential helicopter) blueprints and avionics leaked through P2P network http://bit.ly/J3pen (Not surprised…) #
- Cool announcement: Public Data Sets on Amazon Web Services http://bit.ly/GYkRq includes Wikipedia, Freebase, Genbank, others #
- Waiting for #slicehost to fix double hardware failure. Surprising lapse/FAIL on otherwise impressive service #
- Sad: Rocky Mountain News publishes last edition Friday. US newspaper industry in alarming disarray #
- With all these newspaper shutdowns, have to wonder what happens to their news archives #
- RT @Web2AsiaRumor: MySpace to Close China Doors http://snipr.com/cq5o1 #
- Consumer Reports: 10 best cars. http://bit.ly/S4MFp Only Detroit car is Chevy Avalanche pickup which gets 20hway/14city #
- RT @digitalchina China Unicom + Apple agreement: watch the rise of the iphone in China: http://ping.fm/vrmH7 (Wow, huge move) #
- One dead, 20 injured in Turkish Airlines plane crash in Amsterdam http://bit.ly/8qOZa #
- FWIW, I flew Turkish Airlines from Asia and thought they were modern and safe. OTOH, I’ve been flying PRC-based airlines, so… #
- RT @mikebutcher: Weird to be following @nipp as he tweets live from the Amsterdam plane crash. Like being there. #
- Dreamhost having major bad hair day: DNS slowness/lookup failures http://tinyurl.com/dgfr3z #
- Glad I spent the time to move my sites/blog to Slicehost; Dreamhost having major pains #
- RT @rmack The Berkman Center launches Herdict Web: Help track censorship around the world:http://is.gd/kOJl #
- Working on audio book of Wikipedia Revolution. How to pronounce names of Wikipedians is an art, not a science http://bit.ly/6Tkp8 #
- “Twitter first to publish dramatic crash pictures” http://bit.ly/cJk4E CNN says “stole a march on traditional media” #
- Each SXSW panel will have a unique Meebo Room where attendees can add their thoughts live and in real time http://bit.ly/eBBCu #
- With all the heavy scripting sites one loads in a browser: Gmail, Meebo, Facebook, et al. No wonder Firefox dies slow death every 24 hours #
- Going to SXSW Shanghai event: http://sxswshanghai.eventbrite.com/ attendees get two months of Boingo Wifi, nice! #
- Ouch: DetNews outs Obama economic team driving foreign autos. http://bit.ly/r9LTl Geithner:Acura, Orszag:Honda. Obama? Ford #
- Hopeful thought of the day: Wikipedia created/blossomed during recession of 2001; lots of available labor in post dot-com bust #
- More people should know about Sandboxie. Use it as wrapper when running Chrome, testing untrusted apps http://bit.ly/Ro4z #
- Latest political rumor: “Former Wash. Gov. Gary Locke Likely To Commerce” http://bit.ly/zAODT #
- Just got first ten hardcopies of Wikipedia Revolution book shipped to me in China http://bit.ly/6Tkp8 #
- Commentary by @sreenet “India is too great a country to have its reputation made or broken by a single movie” http://bit.ly/ofity #
- APM Marketplace: Should “[Ii]nternet” be capitalized? http://bit.ly/kE1Qe BBC, Wired say no; Assoc Press says yes. Me: yes #
- Interesting to see a president say, “How are you, man?” with soul while coming down the aisle #nSOTU #
- Dick “I haven’t seen Obama’s birth certificate” Shelbyshakes President’s hand, and tries to tell something to him #nSOTU Guesses? #
- Nice inspirational “we will emerge stronger than before” from Obama. Let’s just hope for getting back to par… #
- #nSOTU That Republican non-standing section is looking pretty small #
- Have to imagine avg American’s confusion on “energy” and “China” comment, and they zoom in on Energy sec. Stephen Wu #nSOTU #
- Wonder if Obama will announce his entire cabinet and econ. team will dump their foreign autos, and buy American only #nSOTU #
- Re: parenting, someone just sent me “Jenna and Tonic” by instant message http://bit.ly/lP0bO #nSOTU #
- RT @pblackshaw: Streaming on Whitehouse.gov is 2-3 seconds ahead of TV networks – a TWITTER ADVANTAGE! http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ #
- Sad we have to say what should never have to be clarified “..we do not torture.” #nSOTU #
- Just saw Obama hug Lieberman on way out of chamber #nSOTU #
- RT @anamariecox: I hope Bobby Jindal’s underwear is made of steel because I bet he is shitting bricks. (LOL) #
- Watching reactions from Shields and Brooks on PBS Newshour http://bit.ly/9oj7T #nSOTU #
- Bobby Jindal #jindal Ouch, used car salesman speaking style a bit offputting #
- RT @orthopod: Jindal sounds like he’s reading a picture-book to a young child #
- #jindal Does his “fiscal discipline, smaller govt, personal responsibility” have any resonance in this day/age? #
- #jindal David Brooks on Jindal’s speech: Did “not so well…” “Disaster for the Rep. party” #
- Gut feeling re CNN/Facebook partnership and instant polling: flawed, as you’ve got a demographic profile you don’t really understand #
- Lost in the shuffle: Senator Durbin calls on Burris to resign. Does that mean we should stick a fork in him? http://bit.ly/nihUh #
- #jindal Get ready folks, we’re starting to see a Bobby Jindal v Kenneth from 30 Rock meme getting full steam http://bit.ly/130yhf #
- Apple would do itself a favor by not assuming average consumers know what “Leopard” and “Tiger” are. Even I get them mixed up #
- Good to see economist Joe Stiglitz on CNN doing post-mortem analysis, even if he has to share stage with Ed Rollins #
- RT @jayrosen_nyu: Expense to print /truck the Chronicle is 2x the $7.75 to subscribe wkly http://is.gd/kJA1 What does that tell you? #
- Reluctant to install Security Update 2009-1 to get to use Safari 4, given reports of CPAN getting munged afterwards. May just bite bullet #
Since I’ve gotten so many inquiries on the fate of the dog in the last post, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s been adopted by someone in the complex until the owner can be found.
Apologies for the long hiatus, but my first post in weeks is to bring good news — Wikipedia’s foreign language editions are “back” and accessible in the PRC. That is, all except for the Chinese (zh.wikipedia.org).
Users in the PRC probably noticed access went away a few days ago to the entire universe of Wikipedia/Wikimedia content. After my notifying the Wikimedia tech team about the outage, it was simply a matter of them restoring the previous DNS lookup scheme and things work fine.
The good news: The Wikipedia block in China is partially lifted
The bad news: The Chinese version is still not generally accessible, and the Western media reporting has been poor
Editor & Publisher magazine put out an article October 11 saying:
Well not quite correct. Reports started coming in on October 10 from different parts of the PRC, saying that the English Wikipedia was now accessible. A friend using an open Wifi in Beijing emailed me saying he could suddenly start using Wikipedia again. Some folks in Hubei said it was still blocked. Shanghai and Guangdong users said parts were accessible.
From a Beijing China Netcom’s residential DSL connection, the English language and other foreign language versions are now accessible, but the Chinese version is still blocked (zh.wikipedia.org).
It’s important to know there is no monolithically operating Great Firewall of China, even though it is a cute and useful moniker.
The “GFW system” depends on a distributed system of checks and filters that depends on the particular ISP, the type of connection being used, and the geographic locale. A commercial connection in Hubei is different than a residential DSL in Guangdong is different than an academic network in Shantou. Something blocked in one area of the country may be totally fine in another. A keyword that is filtered in one place could be allowed in another.
So for folks in China’s tech circles, it’s pretty frustrating seeing blanket “China blocks” or “China unblocks” declaration without specifics or accurate reports.
Filtering also happens on different levels between the domestic network and the greater Internet, so even though Wikipedia is generally accessible in English, it’s still subject to:
- URL-level filtering – host header or keyword in URL rejected
- Text-stream level filtering – offending keyword in Web page
More info as it arrives, but let’s not forget that for now the most important part of Wikipedia for PRC users – the Chinese version – is still not generally accessible.
UPDATE: After posting this entry, several folks contacted me with some results:
- China Telecom DSL, Shanghai – en:OK, zh:OK
- CETC-CHINACOMM COMMUNICATIONS Co.,Ltd., Beijing- en:OK, zh:OK
- Various ISPs, Anhui – en:OK, zh:BLOCKED
Apologies for those who have made bookmarks here or to the RSS, but I’ve just moved the blog to http://www.andrewlih.com/blog/ to make room for other projects. I pledge not to move this for a while!