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Where would we be without the Web?

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Do you remember the world without the Web? Well…yah! without digital “cut, copy, paste” writing copies was the only way to multiply text apart from printing but even that you had to do by hand. If you had to look something up, you had to wrestle through encyclopaedia’s to find information, which was not a guarantee for an answer or resolution and a time consuming process.

The digital world in terms of social media has not only widen the possibilities but improved and boosted maintaining global contact, networks up-to-date, collaborating on projects over distance. The Web is what the younger ones of the last two decades can not even phantom to be without, the net has fully ingrained itself in our life.

Happy birthday, World Wide Web! On 25th anniversary, inventor calls for action to ensure freedom online

Last week internet was flooded with articles marking the World Wide Web 25th Anniversary and its inventor calling for a communal decision to protect the web and its users.

“As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web today, its inventor is calling on more people to take action this year to keep the online resource open, global, accessible and free of censorship.

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who first proposed the Web in March 1989, said in a statement today: “If we want a Web that is truly for everyone, then everyone must play a role in shaping its next 25 years.”  Opening paragraph in the South China Morning Post read the full article by clicking the highlighted title link above.

BBC News mentioned calling for a ‘Magna Carta’ bill of rights to protect its users, click on the links for redirection for article and transcript of his speech before the Knight Foundation igniting the world wide web discussion.

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Entering China and internet

Arriving in Guangzhou bought at the airport an Unicorn mobile Sim Card for 130¥, basically overpaid according to our local friends, as at all Airports whether its for food or services. My husband bought one at the convenience store a day later for much less with immediate Internet access. While I had to figure out how to get settings right to get on-line four days later.

Acquiring internet access is not the problem in China, but what is still being cut off social media access by not having set up VPN access at home before I left. It is a headache if your travelling, what is available and working is Whatsapp, Foursquare and Path (latter has upload hick-ups).

Keeping in touch with our home-base in The Netherlands sharing theirs and our daily adventures and musings is more than just habitual. In between using Skype to have face-to-face chats is comfort for the soul.

However trying to upload my social media posts and reading my time-lines is a growing nuisance to me, so I’ve been looking for ways to get through and have been browsing for free VPN downloads.

Reading quite a few reviews I opted for Teamviewer 5, one of the articles I liked is written by Sarah Lynn for PCmag.com, The Best VPN Clients. While browsing for Teamviewer file I ran into a newly released update for Linux Teamviewer 7, which I’m trying to download and install.

No luck Linux doesn’t recognize the file, switching over to Ubuntu Software Center to get Shrew Soft VPN Access Manager to work instead. Have to get some help and support installing this program.

Hope this search doesn’t turn as cold as the weather, in Guangzhou we were enjoying daily average 25º Celsius, but now in Yiwu it has dropped to below 10º Celsius and going down to zero degrees within the next few days.