The FCC sucks at repealing net neutrality »

Karl Bode, techdirt:

… the FCC shot itself in the foot, and when it neutered its own authority over ISPs at Comcast, AT&T and Verizon’s behest, it managed to also neuter its authority to pre-empt states from filling the void. Of course this could all be moot if the FCC loses its battle in court, but it’s amusing all the same, and it’s another example of how Ajit Pai and friends didn’t really think this whole thing through.

FCC, ISPs grapple with net neutrality challenges

Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica:

Twelve lawsuits filed against the Federal Communications Commission over its net neutrality repeal have been consolidated into one suit that will be heard at a federal appeals court in California.

The 12 lawsuits were filed by more than three dozen entities, including state attorneys general, consumer advocacy groups, and tech companies.

Karl Bode, techdirt:

Granted having disparate state-level protections may in some ways be cumbersome, but that’s again something ISPs like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast should have thought a little harder about before killing extremely popular and modest (by international standards) federal protections. Large ISP lobbyists created this mess and, unsurprisingly, they’re simply refusing to own it.

I would’ve loved to see the FCC net neutrality repeal fail, but seeing proponents of the repeal grapple with the fallout of running roughshod over the public during the repeal process has been pretty satisfying. None of these ISPs appear to realize how unpopular they are and what they’re pushing for is. I want net neutrality enshrined in legislation, but any bill ISPs or their lobbyists are involved in writing would preserve net neutrality in name only.

Move slow and break nothing »

Danny Crichton, TechCrunch:

For everyone, but particularly software engineers: let’s get back to basics. It’s better to have more reliable but less features than more features that are breaking every other day. Let’s move slow and break nothing.

Reliability and stability are features. Focus on them.

California state senate passes net neutrality legislation »

Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica:

The California State Senate yesterday approved a bill to impose net neutrality restrictions on Internet service providers, challenging the Federal Communications Commission attempt to preempt such rules.

This is a positive first step and one that will, hopefully, be taken up and passed through the state house before being signed into law. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out with the FCC’s language preemption language includes in their original order. Ideally it’ll withstand inevitable legal challenges but, should it fail, the state government can always take the same approach other state have and bar ISPs violating net neutrality from receiving state contracts.

Automating package tracking on iOS

I try to do as much shopping as I can online and a lot of the shopping I end up doing is through Amazon. This means I end up with quite a few order and shipping confirmation emails in my inbox.

In an effort to cut down on manually managing and tracking all of these, I’ve begun maintaining a rule to auto-forward all emails I receive with tracking information to Junecloud’s web service that backs their Deliveries1 app.

In Gmail/Google apps, the rule syntax looks like the following:


Emails matching that rule are then sent to and, provided the sending address matches the email associated with your Junecloud account, your packages will be automatically added to the Deliveries app. Now all of my deliveries are automatically tracked where they normally would be, without adding to the clutter in my inbox or my email workload.

  1. Deliveries is available on iOS and macOS