By Jon Newton 10/3/06
p2pnet has now been online since August, 2002, and with this post, we're clocking up our 10,000th item.
Actually, what with pre-p2pnet p2pnet.nets (if you see what I mean :) there have been quite a few more posts than that. But who's counting? heh
Anyway, here's how p2pnet started out:
When my wife and I found we were about to become parents 10 years ago, I was 54 and Liz was in her early 30s. We decided we wanted to be around while our child grew up, which meant finding a new way of earning a living.
A long time ago, I became a writer entirely by accident and I've been trying to find another source of income ever since. But somehow, I always end up writing again.
When I was a reporter, I had a good friend who achieved a very senior rank in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and we often mused that there wasn't a whole lot of difference between journalists and police officers. Basically, they both asked questions for a living. My friend eventually became a partner in a large international firm with a forensic accounting division and thanks to him, I stopped writing and became a forensic investigator. Liz is a linguist and she acquired a Private Investigator's license.
We often worked together in various parts of the globe but after six or seven years our daughter, Emma, was born and since we'd always been collectors, we opened a small antique store in a tiny village in Ontario.
Freezing cold winters
I've always loved music and file sharing (MIDI, not mp3) got me online in the first place. This exposed me to p2p communications, peer-to-peer networks, which, I believed, were going to become THE distribution and communication vehicles of the 21st digital century.
However, although I love old things, I didn't like the retail trade very much and I decided to start a web page (blogs didn't exist, back then) and I moved my computer into the store, set it up on the counter and decided I wanted something with p2p and networks in the domain name. I figured p2pnet.net would be good but although p2p wasn't what it is today, it wasn't unknown and I was sure it would have been grabbed. But to my amazement, p2pnet.net was still available.Meanwhile, we'd had enough of freezing cold winters and hot and humid summers and moved to the far more temperate Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
We drove across Canada with a small supply of stock and when we arrived in BC, started dealing in antiques. But by now I was hooked on p2p. For the first time in history, thanks to the Net, ordinary people such as myself were taking on the Big Corporations and making them listen. And I wanted to keep on being a part of that. So we stopped selling antiques and used what was left of the money we'd made when we sold up in Ontario to try to get p2pnet to a point where it would provide our income so I could continue with it full time.
We reached that point early this year, thanks to BearShare, Blubster, LimeWire, Morpheus and Warez P2P, who've been supporting the site and providing our sole income.
Sadly, thanks to the depredations of the corporate entertainment cartels and their grim efforts to maintain their iron control of the so-called 'consumers', the people who keep them so very, very rich, Bearshare and LimeWire have been shut down and financially, Liz and I are stretched tight again. Too tight.
For that reason, I've decided to revamp the existing p2pnet.net, and add a 'personal' p2pnet blog called p2pnet.ca.
My friend Jason Rohrer, who built the very cool MUTE anonymous indie p2p file sharing application, modified his equally cool seedBlog and seedBlog is now the backbone of p2pnet.ca, which will continue to be simple, no-glitz and utilitarian.
Over the next few months, p2pnet.net will change in both look and approach, although it'll continue to carry the kinds of posts that have become its hall-mark fare, including stories on the RIAA, et al and etc, but they'll be more or less straight reports, with links to p2pnet.ca stories.
p2pnet.net will no longer carry items which interest me personally, ie Big Music and Big Movies stories with my own slant, posts on home-schooling, attempts by the cartels to brainwash our children wholesale, and so on. These topics will instead be featured exclusively in the p2pnet.ca and I plan to gradually move relevant p2pnet stories to p2pnet.ca, where they'll be archived.
Comments will continue to be named or anonymous, although I'll be approving them before they go online. This isn't because I want to monitor or censor anything and I give you my cast-iron, solid-gold, carved in rock word that with the same qualifications that are on p2pnet (see below), comments will be posted as is.
We allow anonymous comments, but we don't in any way accept responsiblity for them. We don't monitor Readers' Writes. But we sometimes post them as stories. We delete anything that's obscene or denigrates gender or religion. And we delete all lame efforts to get free advertising by posting in Readers' Writes.
However, because I don't control p2pnet comment posts in any way nor am I able to tell from whom they come from, I'm currently being flooded by obnoxious spam comment posts, mainly from China and Russia. And I don't intend to let that happen to p2pnet.ca.
I and friends are still trying to deal with this problem, but it may be that I'll be forced to also introduce an approval system on p2pnet as well. I hope not, but I don't have time to waste manually killing the spam comments, such as I'm doing at the moment.
It's a blight on freedom of expression, apart from anything else.
Nor will p2pnet.ca carry advertising, although if anyone wants to become a named sponsor, that'd be cool and I'll feature links to anyone who helps out in that way.
That's it for the moment.
Cheers! And thanks. And all the best ..
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and now p2pnet.ca and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there on these sites.
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