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Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet Kindle Edition

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Length: 189 pages

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  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FLCJ8G
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So, who is this fellow George who writes?

Short version: Well, let's see here: He's a 66-year old guy who lives with his wife Elaine on a secluded 29-acres patch of what they call the East Texas Outback.

When they're not off adventuring, flying their classic mid-60's Beechcraft Musketeer around the country, they can be found working on George's or websites, maybe off visiting the convention, and something they can be found...errr...sleeping?

George's technical skills are many and varied: MBA - emphasis long wave economics, experience as a technical college president, international airline VP, software design strategist, big city news radio news director for more than a dozen years...whatever the challenge, George is up for it.

His hobbies include all kinds of hands-on "doing:" Ham radio, flying, offshore sailing, welding, hydroponics, reading, writing, and music production.

Yes, he's just your average 2020 Renaissance dude...who, as always, is waiting for the future to catch up with him.

Catch him, if you can.

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George Ure, he of the infamous and websites, has produced another prophetic polemic that is not your usual Henny Penny approach to conspiracy theory, prepping, or the various Nostradamus effect-clones. Ure's well researched, thoroughly considered work is presented in the voice that visitor's to Mr. Ure's various sites have come to love. In addition to his clarity regarding the usually occult-like writings of economists, George throws in enough home-spun wisdom, humor, and good old-fashioned common-sense (although today it's hardly common)so that this work reads less like the road map to disaster, that it is, but, instead like a gentle warning from that eccentric uncle who wants to make sure his beloved niece/nephew doesn't find themselves stranded on the road without a proper emergency kit.

As someone who has worked in the "Internet industry" from wire closets to programming; I feel qualified to say that Ure's forecast is dead on. The one area he may have given short shrift is the fact that the actual wire and silicon backbone that makes up the "Internet" is dying because it has been used longer than it was built for and it was, in many cases, "jerry-rigged" to begin with. The physical wiring of the net is growing older with each passing day and the money, namely tax dollars, to replace that hardware, just isn't there.
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George Ure is something of a 21st century renaissance man and this book provides valuable insight into our electronic future in a way nobody else has.
With a background that runs the gamut from living on a sailboat in the pacific northwest to raising goats on a ranch in Texas; and with a skill set that includes expertise in radio electronics and long wave financial analysis, his unique experiences translate into a fascinating report on the current state of the Internet and the inevitable future of the same.
Having followed Georges work on his web sites, ( &, I had an idea what I was in for in terms of the style of the book; a healthy dose of facts and a view of what the future may bring based upon possible outcomes of the current state of things.
As a network security consultant by day, and extra class ham radio operator and emergency services volunteer in my *spare* time I had my own views on the potential for the inevitable failure of the Internet as we have come to know it, but "Broken Web" opened my eyes to some things I had not previously thought about.
This is not a gloom and doomer shouting that the sky is falling; it is a sober and well thought out discussion of the inevitability of systematic failure which will be caused by one or more breakdowns of the underpinnings of a house of cards built on sand. It covers economic, social, and technical aspects of the webs status in a fresh and yet matter of fact way.
Balancing just enough technical facts with social commentary this is a must read for anyone who uses a cell phone, or the Internet. Oh wait... that's everyone. And that's part of the point. What will the future look like? Get a copy of "Broken Web" and you'll have a better idea than most of what is on the horizon.
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Fans of the near daily outpouring of knowledge from the East Texas Outback will be familier with the theme, but pleased with the length of the on topic discussion (and the recognizable style of prose that just can't be edited out). Mr. Ure offers the reader a concise leason in: 1) History 2)usage 3) concerns with - the evolution of the internet (and its sub-sets and supra-sets) in YOUR life. This is not something to nod your head sympathetically for others - this is you, your earnings and your lifestyle that is at risk. Drawing on experts, common sense and a keen interest in projecting trends to actionable items, Mr. Ure has given everyone wise enough to heed this call the power to save what they can from the looming collapse presented here. No Chicken Little, this is the data points connected for you to see the picture. By reading this book, even if you take no action, you will still be far ahead of the masses that operate under the continued illusion of choice.
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I started following George recently on Peoplenomics and decided to see what he had to say about the state of the Internet and if he was well informed or just someone who thinks they know whats going on. I was deeply satisfied to find that he had done a lot of research and that this book was not only informative for the lay person to begin to understand the basics of what keeps the Internet running but that he also had such a deep historical background on all the technologies leading up to and that are currently in use. All of his theories for the collapse are not only very likely there were many more he didnt include that could also happen from my experience in dealing with these incredibly complex systems. Its not a case of if but when and its already happenening. There have been more cases of its failure since the summer of 12 such as a HP engineer crashing ten's of thousands of machines with automation, Facebook going down in multiple countries at once for no apparent reason and one Gmail engineer making a mistake and cutting off Gmail for millions for days, you might think those are company issues and application isssues but those are actually issues with the interconnectivity of how the Internet works and that it will most likely in the future go back to being portals and local intranets due to company monopolies and government interference.
Seriously great book and the explanations of the technical issues were well presented so that anyone can understand that it isnt magic that makes all of these complicated systems work but many many separate sections that all must work perfectly in conjucntion with each other.
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