Did you know many Web-filtering services implement what The Associated Press (AP) describes as a “security over-reach” that combines gay-themed advocacy websites with child porn sites so they are blocked from most web surfers?
Symantec announced today that this protocol has changed. In a statement released today they said while customers can still set web searches to block offensive websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites because they relate to sexual orientation. For guys like me who host pg-rated gay themed blogs this is music to my ears because the more we can do to end this odd pairing of “gay” with porn – the better. I have no problem with people looking for explicit content but simply using search terms like “gay” should not set off alarms for web filters to block sites.
Even more heartening is that Symantec’s move has infuriated the conservative American Family Association. They released a statement saying websites advocating gay rights promote dangerous propaganda and should be able to be blocked. To which I say, “Get a life.”
You can read more about this here.
Thanks to the South End Buttery for personalizing my addiction to caffeine. I most definitely need you. Now I need to go grab my afternoon cup of Joe.
I hope you have the day off and can sleep in today.
When you live in a city you don’t always have as much space. Here is a guide on how to declutter your closet; keep it, dump it, donate it.
A couple weeks ago I was in gridlock traffic with this van in front of me. Within a second my eyes zeroed in on something off. Do you see it too? It was making me go a bit crazy.
Big box stores and national chains have their place, but so do your local businesses. Supporting local, independent businesses is like making a direct investment into your neighborhood. #SupportLocalBusinesses
Back in February there were many rumors that Peets Coffee would open their first location in the South End in the space formerly occupied by local coffee shop, Francesca’s, which had closed the previous summer. BostonInno was the source to officially break the news but over the weekend I was told this deal was now off.
The owners of the building have been using the space to hold supplies as they renovate the apartments above but there is little word on who / what may go into this prime real estate. The neighborhood association has indicated they would like a coffee shop or cafe and rumors are that both the South End Buttery and Flour were approached but were not interested.
One wonders what is gossip and what is real but the sad truth is that this prime space remains vacant and I think that stinks.