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(x-posted to [community profile] boston and my journal)

Or vice versa? prediction pages for MBTA buses now say:

"NextBus is no longer supplying predictions for MBTA. Please go to or for more information."

Does anybody know more about this? Like why it's happening? And does anybody know a non-app, desktop-accessible alternative?
[personal profile] ams16
Does anyone know of any projects to create municipal broadband in Eastern Massachusetts? Considering the possibility of the death of net-neutrality, I was just wondering if there are any efforts in that direction.

(Yes, I know the Senate managed to vote to save net-neutrality. I doubt it will get by the House.)


Oct. 30th, 2017 02:03 pm
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I just got a couple of invitations to something that claims to be a private social network "for your neighborhood," but without actually identifying the neighborhood. They are attributed to someone I never heard of.

Does anyone here know if this is active/relevant here in Somerville? Or do any of you know who Oleg Kobzar is?
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I haven't seen a post on this recently and I originally had Comcast (now xfinity), prices went thru the roof and switched to RCN a couple of years ago.  My internet connection is not as reliable (both speed and dropped connection) as I like so I am considering an offer from xFinity. I know I need to ask specific and detailed questions to figure the true price.  Any thoughts on digital tv, higher speed internet and reliability for either provider.   If I am going to do this, I want to do it before the September rush!
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A new magazine called The Technoskeptic will have its launch party this Tuesday from 6:30-8 pm in the Burren back room. The free party will feature appetizers, live music, and a raffle for four ArtsEmerson tickets.
The Technoskeptic is an online magazine exploring the intersection of technology and society from a humanistic perspective. Our aim is to create awareness, act as a resource, build community, and change culture.

Right now they're only online, but they hope to become a printed magazine. Cambridge Day published a long feature last week about the magazine and their event.
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Join us for our New Host Orientation meeting on Monday, June 16 from 8-9pm in the Somerville Community Access Television studios at 90 Union Square.  We’ll tell you all about Somerville's member-run Internet radio station, Boston Free Radio, and how you can host a show of your own.  No experience necessary -- we'll train you!  Any Mass. resident is eligible to join BFR and host a show.  If you have questions you can call SCATV at (617) 628-8826 or email
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There doesn't seem to be much documentation out there, so I figured I'd repeat this here for anyone who needs to know it. To get IPv6 connectivity from Comcast if your computer is running Fedora Linux and you are using ifcfg=* files, the needed changes are:

In /etc/sysconfig/network:


In /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-em1:


Comcast uses "stateful DHCPv6" for handing out IPv6 addresses and address prefixes. All of this assumes that your computer is directly connected to the cable modem, rather than through a router box that takes care of IPv6 itself.
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Today there was an interesting talk on the history of the Mystic River at the Somerville Museum. If I hadn't been on the Historic Somerville mailing list, I might not have heard of it. I found out about that once on a walking tour.

It reminded me of a conversation I had with someone at Blue Cloud Gallery recently. We were saying that it seemed like there were a whole bunch of mailing lists, and resources of local stuff to do, talks to hear, historic tours, studios, shows and openings, and possibly neighborhood lists or blogs, that you just don't know about except almost by accident.

I know there are links to some local sites on the DSLJ, but I'm wondering if we could create a discussion of good lists we are currently on, with locally relevant activity stuff, that might not be widely known. Good twitter accounts to know about. Facebook pages to know about. I feel like I'm missing stuff.

Feel free to flog your own blogs/lists/whatever. I'm not on Facebook, maybe everything happens there. Or if this kind of list exists somewhere else point me to it.

(I do wish some of the groups were better or more consistent at outreach via blogs/forums/twitter/etc too.)
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Greetings--my name is Erica Jones and I work at Somerville Community Access TV. It is my privilege and delight, to share some of these pretty cool upcoming events happening in the community, organized by SCATV.

Did you know Somerville has a news show? 'Tis is true and on the last Tuesday of each month (2/25) there will be a social gathering to view the latest episode of SCATV's Somerville Neighborhood News. This community news production fosters professionalism in each 28-minute TV show and reports on current issues that are impacting our residents. Some past SNN topics have included heroin in Somerville, SHS sports, Union Square gentrification, TUFTS Pilot programs, Affordable Housing, & Green Line Extension updates, faces of Homelessness and much more. Come mingle and discuss local news with your neighbors at our next SNN Watch Party, held the last Tuesday of each month at Cantina la Mexicana at 7pm. Event Details are always available here!

ROUGH CUT Film Screening
SCATV presents: ROUGH CUT Film Screening. It is an event open to all media makers who have a video work-in-progress. This means a TV show, documentary, experimental, music videos, etc. There will be "guest film critics" in attendance guiding the conversation as well. Event details are available here!

When: Sunday, March 9th from 3:00-5:00pm
Where: The Uniun, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square
(across from Stone Place Park)
Formats: quicktime movie, DVD or a thumb drive
Contact: Erica Jones,

Net Neutrality Panel Discussion @ Tufts University

Do you know about Net Neutrality and do you care about the Future of Internet Access?
On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. This means that Net Neutrality is no longer required by law. To help explain this new situation and its likely effects, Somerville Community Access Television has organized a special event with an expert panel to discuss this issue, which will impact many Internet users who use the web each day. Learn more about net neutrality, tiered Internet packages, media ownership, future Internet policy and how all of this will affect our future Internet access. This event will be held on Tues, March 25 at 7pm at Tufts University in Tisch Library, room 304 (35 Professors Row, Medford, MA 02155). The event information with panelist details and to RSVP can all be found here!

I appreciate you reading and we hope to see you at these events! Please let me know if you have any questions and want more details.
in community,
Erica Jones, SCATV Programming & Outreach Coordinaotr
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I have a Twitter search set up for "Davis Sq" just to see if there's anything going on that I might have missed.

I keep seeing the following message, posted by seemingly random people at random times. I did a Google search and found nothing.

Uhhh I seem to have accidentally walked from Davis to Harvard Sq…

It's been tweeted about 10 times in the last 3 days.

Anyone have a clue what it's about?
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Nextdoor is a social networking site that is based around physical neighborhoods. It got discussed a bit here when it was first launched in the area. One of the things that people noticed as a big drawback was that the neighborhoods were small and their boundaries were strange.

Well, that hasn't changed. ;-) But they have implemented a new "nearby neighborhoods" feature which allows you to see posts from the surrounding area if you want (you can decide which of the neighborhoods you're interested in). For instance, as a member of the Powderhouse neighborhood, these are my nearby hoods )

There aren't a huge number of people there (about 80 in my neighborhood) or a lot of traffic, but I think this new feature could be very helpful for an area like ours. Nextdoor will never replace DSLJ, of course! But it could be another good place to post curb alerts, lost pet notices, and so on.
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Boston Free Radio is having an orientation for anyone interested in hosting a radio show next Wednesday, June 19 at 8pm at Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV), 90 Union Square.  We’ll talk about our Internet station, show you around the studios, and tell you how you can host a show of your own.  If you have questions you can call SCATV at (617) 628-8826 or email  We’ll also be at the DAVIS SQUARE FLEA MARKET this coming Sunday, June 16 — come by and say hi!
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Galaxy Internet Services, the company that has provided my e-mail service for over 16 years, announced last Friday that is is going out of business. I will suddenly lose my e-mail address, rnewman at , on June 30. I've had that address since May of 1997. I have no idea how many places I have registered that address with over the years -- LiveJournal, Facebook,, my bank, utilities, lots of mailing lists....

So, I need a new POP and SMTP email provider, and I need it pretty fast. I probably should start giving out rnewman at as my new address, but that is only a forwarding service, not a mail server. Any ideas where I should go, either temporarily or 'permanently' ?

Several years ago, I registered a domain,, but it is currently dormant. Ideally I should make that domain 'live' and somehow associate my e-mail with it, but I need a bit of advice and hand-holding from people who are more experienced with such things.

[Some background: I signed up with Complete Internet Access ( as a dialup customer in 1997. Soon after that, Galaxy Internet Services acquired, but kept it going as a separate service. In 2006 I upgraded from dialup to Galaxy's DSL. Last year, Galaxy offloaded all of their residential DSL customers to ExtremeDSL, but allowed me to keep the e-mail address.]
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I just heard about this interesting research at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and thought others might be interested, too:

Berkman fellow Wendy Seltzer leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse "Chilling Effects" refers to the deterrent effect of legal threats or posturing, largely cease and desist letters independent of litigation, on lawful conduct. The Chilling Effects clearinghouse will catalogue cease and desist notices and present analyses of their claims to help recipients resist the chilling of legitimate activities (as well as understand when their activities are unlawful). The project's core, this database of letters and FAQ-style analyses is supplemented by legal backgrounders, news items, and pointers to statutes and caselaw. Periodic "weather reports" will sum up the legal climate for online activity.

The project invites recipients and senders of cease and desist notices to send them to a central point for analysis, and to browse the website for background information and explanation of the laws they are charged with violating or enforcing. Clinical law students will prepare issue-spotting analyses of the letters in the question-and-answer style of FAQs, which we will post alongside the letters in an online database. The site aims to educate C&D recipients about their legal rights. Site visitors may search the database by subject area or keyword.

"The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse collects and analyzes legal complaints about online activity, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. Chilling Effects welcomes submission of letters from individuals and from Internet service providers and hosts. These submissions enable us to study the prevalence of legal threats and allow Internet users to see the source of content removals.

Chilling Effects aims to support lawful online activity against the chill of unwarranted legal threats. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate favorite stars, or criticize businesses, but concerned that not everyone feels the same way. Study to date suggests that cease and desist letters often silence Internet users,
whether or not their claims have legal merit. The Chilling Effects project seeks to document that "chill" and inform C&D recipients of their legal rights in response."
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There've been many songs written about the eternal triangle. This one tells the story of a Mr Jonmon, a LiveJournal community and a moderatin' man named Ron Newman. When the sun rises tomorrow, Ron Newman... will be served.
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Hang down your head and brood
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Oh boy, we've all been sued.
We read it on the LJ
This Jonmon had been bad
Read it on the LJ
And there we laughed like mad.
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Hang down your head and brood
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Who knew this was a feud?
We forgot about it all, then
We let three whole years pass
We got on with our lives, then
We're put on by this ass.
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
The one who was least rude
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Yet he thinks you're the dude.
Trouble, oh there's trouble
For all Does, Jane and John
He sent us all nice letters
Some found him on their lawn.
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Hang down your head subdued
Hang down your head, Ron Newman
Oh boy, we've all been sued.
This time tomorrow
Reckon where we'll be
Prob'ly banding together
As one weird family.
Keep your head up, Ron Newman
Keep your head up this time
Keep your head up, Ron Newman
Jonmon won't see a dime.

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…or a talk show host, a radio theater producer, or whatever you want!!  Come to the Boston Free Radio orientation meeting on Monday, January 14 from 8-10pm in the studios of Somerville Community Access TV at 90 Union Square.  We’ll tell you all about our Internet radio station and how you can host a show of your own.  No experience is necessary and any Mass. resident can become a member and host a show.  For more information contact Station Manager Gordon Nelson at (617) 628-8826 or  Thanks!
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So, I love DSLJ, but what are similar online groups to Davis_Square but for other towns around Boston?

I know about b0st0n on LJ, of course, and /r/boston on reddit. There's the Porter Square Neighborhood association mailing list, which is largely development focused. 

And so far I've found these:

Newton Parents

Arlington List

Lexington List
JP Moms

Ron told me about Medford List.  Know of any others? Weston? Wellesley? Quincy

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I'm guessing many of you also got a postcard in the mail advertising a new discussion forum ( While attempting to be "local" and making it seem like it was started up by Somerville residents ("a couple of neighbors and I were talking..."), it's hard to do that when you forget to change the name of the city in your form letter ("an online community newsletter and bulletin board just for Sudbury residents.") It seems dishonest to try to make it seem like it's locally driven. Does anyone have more info than is available on their web site? Seems like an interesting startup tech effort by some Harvard students but it's unclear from the site whether they actually work with local communities, or just have manufactured "local-looking" spam mail.
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Hi everyone,
I just created a Davis Square Dog Playgroup at and a facebook group if anyone wants to coordinate dog walks, playdates, dog park outings, etc.

Feel free to join!
[identity profile]
Boston Free Radio, your friendly member-run Internet radio station over in Union Square, is having its fall orientation for new radio hosts on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-10pm.  Anyone who is a Mass. resident is welcome to become a member and host a show -- no experience necessary!  We operate as a service of Somerville Community Access Television -- our studios are in the SCATV building at 90 Union Square.

We encourage all our hosts to create whatever kind of show they like -- there are no FCC regulations so it really is free speech radio!  We provide training to use the station's equipment and software, and we work with hosts to develop ideas for their programs and ways to build listenership.

We're looking for people to do recorded programs as well as live shows in the studio, so even if you can't commit to a live program at a fixed time every week you can still host a show!  Podcasts and other recorded series are welcome.  Come to the orientation on Monday and find out more!

Monday, Sept. 17, 8-10pm
Boston Free Radio
90 Union Square, Somerville
(617) 628-8826


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