One gallon of Milk and a medium sized Cloud please
The story of my ISP, why you should care, and how the idea might re-distribute the internet as we know it today - And why redistributing the internet is IMPORTANT!
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My ISP is Marco, and I don't mean Marco as in Ltd or Inc - No, I mean Marco my neighbour. He lives 200 meters away from me, and serves half the village I live in with internet. A long time ago before traditional ISP companies even bothered to offer internet in the village, Marco installed antennas around the entire village, offered internet services to all who wanted it, and is today the largest ISP in my village. Today of course we've got several huge ISPs in Cyprus, but nobody really care. We've got Marco, and we're happy with using his internet. He was there for us when nobody else cared, so why would we want to switch to some huge giga corporation today?
When the big banks stopped allowing people to pay their bills over the counter, Marco stepped in, and is now paying people's bills too. Need your bills paid? Drop by at Marco's internet store, leave enough cash to cover your bill, add 2 EURO commission on top, and your bills are paid within a day or two. Needless to say, but for the older people in my village, such an offer is precious, since most of the really old people in my village don't even know how to pay their bills online.
There are several lessons to be taught from such initiatives. For instance, why can't I buy cloud services from Marco? Or a VPS at least? In my village there are 38 different places you can go to eat, in addition to several hair salons, a host of supermarkets, kiosks, and you name it. Many of these small mom'n'pop stores could easily benefit from having their own clouds, where they could install booking systems, accounting systems, and whatever they happen to need in regards to internet based computing power. And of course for the locals the TCP hops for such servers would be in the range of 1-2 milliseconds, instead of some 150 for a server in Britain.
Serving such initiatives, facilitating for buying cloud services, the same place you buy milk, at your local mom'n'pop store is actually a large part of my motives for Magic - Simply because today 98% of all internet traffic goes indirectly through Silicon Valley, centralising arguably 98% of all censorship power unto a handful of companies, and a single nation. The "convenience" these social media companies have given us basically completely took our freedoms away from us. For instance, if I want to use the internet to communicate with my villagers today, I've got to go to a Facebook group - Resulting in that Mr. Zuckerberg can decide what me and the rest of my villagers are allowed to talk about. This of course is simply insane! Why should Zuckerberg be allowed to decide what the people of some remote village in the mountains of Cyprus is allowed to speak about? Why should he benefit from all the marketing in our private discussion? Why should he be allowed to monitor and surveillance our private discussions? In fact, as I see it, none of these questions have an intelligent answer beyond "convenience". The internet desperately cries out for being re-distributed, a "new deal" if you wish. A deal where the little man is empowered, and Mr. Zuckerberg can no longer run away with neither our freedoms, our minds, nor our advertising money ...
Respectfully Mr. Zuckerberg, but this is personal ^_^
Maybe you shouldn't have deleted my wife's Facebook account - Just saying ... ;)
Hence, I will continue working on Magic until I can purchase my cloud and VPS services from either Marco or at the local supermarket, as I buy my breakfast milk, and every other village on the planet has the same options. If you want to help me in this mission, you can download Magic below ...
One gallon of milk and your medium sized Cloud option please ^_^
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