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Online journal distribution strategies

Not sure when or why have I given out my email for but I receive a straight-to-trash email from them once in a while, I think. Today they had an email about a new issue of their online (only?) journal “Java Tech Journal“.

While they are of course free to charge you anything for their own product, I don’t understand why they need to charge you your working email address? Or do people still receive spam they don’t want? I have been using Google mail for perhaps too long as I have forgotten that spam exists.

Anyways, I think that asking the email would be ok iff they’d tell me what for they want it, and perhaps make it optional, like:

  1. Here’s our issue #21 of Java Tech Journal (pdf link)
  2. Upon clicking the link on modern Javascript enabled browser there would be a modal window
    • asking “Would you like to tell us your email address?”,
    • a text field for the email address,
    • buttons to either accept or decline (giving out your address)
    • an explanation why they want your email, then if you agree that’s sounds great you would like to let them have it

Now I think I’ll go RTFJ (… journal) to decide if it’s worth of not marking their messages as spam in gmail.


Testing out VPN providers

Yesterday I was stupid enough to try out I cannot recommend it for anyone.

They only support the crappy PPTP protocol.

While it should be pretty much supported under Kubuntu and other Linux distributions, I couldn’t randomize a set of options that would help to keep the connection alive for more than one or two minutes under moderate load.

When I started looking up some answers, it looked like there are no happy linux customers and rest of the customers do not like writing online about their experiences — should they exist.

Then I moved on and looked at Their website looks so much like ipredators that I decided to abandon that service when I found out that they don’t support OpenVPN either, only PPTP.

I finally found a pretty reliable looking swedish provider which supports OpenVPN. After going through all the hassle with ipredators PPTP settings I was amazed with “oh, it just works.”

Performance is very close to what I’ve used to so I guess I’ll pipe all my network traffic through this provider in the future months as well.

Spotify, labels and artists

How come labels/artists can’t get their tracks to spotify if at the same time their tracks are found from youtube — some of the videos even uploaded by their “official accounts”?

Where’s the logic, or how ugly deals is spotify selling?

Even more strangeness; some of the tracks in spotify have been disabled from where I live. I have them sync’d on my N8 but cannot play them from spotify client. And I can still play the damn song from youtube! Where’s the logic?