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  1. The earliest studio tracks, garage sessions and home recording of Paul Johnson and Eddie Bertrand date back soon after the first time they met on the school bus one afternoon in 1959 when they were 13 years of age and they became friends. Johnson was 14 when he wrote Mr. Moto, named after a fictional Chinese detective made famous in a series of movies by actor Peter Lorre by the '40s. The young musician from L.A.'s South Bay had been playing less than a year when he worked out the tune while studying a guitar exercise. Mr. Moto was also the name of a popular 1950s LA-area wrestler. Couldn't find any explanation WHY he titled the song Mr. Moto, because it's an instrumental so no reference is obvious. Actually, a second recording of the band was titled Charle Chan, another fictional Chinese detective. Soon Paul Johnson, Eddie Bertrand and other three high-school lads, Chas Stuart, Richard Delvy and Jim Roberts formed a band and called it The BelAirs, after Stuart's car. Johnson's catchy song stood out among the tunes his band played at country clubs and UCLA frat parties. The BelAirs finally recorded it and four other tunes in an hour long recording session that cost $32 in 1961. They then spent months knocking on doors before signing with Arvee Records, where a then-unknown Sonny Bono remixed it before its release. Mr. Moto made its way onto the radio when KRLA DJ Sam Riddle started playing it. Among those who heard it were The Beach Boys. This was the start of what became known as the California surfin' sound even if at the beginning it was not called "surf". Johnson remembers the night an excited surfer approached him between sets at the Knights of Columbus hall: "Your music sounds just like it feels out there on a wave," he told Johnson. "You ought to call it surf music!" Johnson never surfed and didn't find The BelAirs much different from a string of other instrumental rock bands that had come before them, but that didn't matter. No other live bands were playing in the area, and area youths connected with a band composed of local teens. By default, The BelAirs had created the music of a region, and accidentally it became the soundtrack of a culture. Mr. Moto is surf music’s pivotal recording, is an instrumental surf rock song that features a flamenco-inspired intro and contained a melodic piano interlude. Paul Johnson’s rhythmic minor key strumming style completely masks the fact that this song was recorded with only drums, sax, lead and rhythm guitars; no bass! In some reference information, Dick Dale's "Let's go Tripping" is listed as the first proper surf sound but The BelAirs "Mr. Moto" was launched 3 months before. Since Mr. Moto is one of the very first songs considered Surf Music, this is what makes it the first instance of this style. This fact should not reduce in any amount the merits of Dick Dale, recognized as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, experimenting with reverberation, pushing the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." The speed of his single-note staccato picking technique and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. However the most famous song of the first wave to employ this style is definitely "Pipeline" by The Chantay's. The Belairs broke up after about two years and some of it's original members formed The Challengers, a group with some years of success in surf music and later in the car and hot rod music scene. PD: Actually there are at least two other songs, previous to Mr. Moto, with this "surf" sound: Ritchie Valens with Fast Freight (1958) and The Gamblers' Moon Dawg (1960)
  2. LeeSmithG

    [Auto-surf] Program

    Sup. Remember Opal Fruit days (last century) when one would sign up on a program of making £20 a month for surfing the net. You installed some software which spied on where you visited so it could collect data to use to use in advertising? You do. But...... one wanted to do it when asleep, so used an auto surfer program, put in five (5) or so links and it surfed to the pages every couple of minutes. I have the software on my huge u.s.b. drive, stuffed full of software and I can't search for it or remember it's name! Any ideas? Or maybe an alternative
  3. by Jon Brodkin - Jan 29 2014, 9:21am AUSEST Average speed improved in nearly every state (sorry, Ohio). Despite Internet speed improvements in nearly every state, most US residents are still surfing the Web at less than 10Mbps, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report. Drawing data from Akamai's globally distributed network of servers, the report covering Q3 2013 put the US in 9th place worldwide in the proportion of residents with "high broadband," or at least 10Mbps average download speeds: Regular broadband is defined as 4Mbps—75 percent of US connections hit that mark. Akamai's data from its Internet content delivery network includes 158.5 million unique IP addresses in the US, and many millions more in countries around the world. "The global average connection speed continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2013, climbing 10 percent over the previous quarter to 3.6Mbps," Akamai said in a press release. "A total of 122 countries/regions that qualified for inclusion saw average connection speeds increase during the third quarter, with growth ranging from 0.5 percent in Namibia (to 1.1Mbps) to a 76 percent increase in Nepal (to 3.6Mbps)." Akamai measured both the average speed of Internet connections and the average peak speed, which may not be representative of typical experience but is "more representative of Internet connection capacity." "Global average peak connection speeds showed a slight decline in the third quarter of 2013, dropping 5.2 percent to 17.9Mbps," Akamai said. "Seven of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average peak connection speeds during the quarter, ranging from 0.5 percent in Hong Kong (to 65.4 Mbps) to 19 percent in South Korea (to 63.6 Mbps). Meanwhile, Romania, Latvia and Belgium saw declines of 4.4, 3.3, and 3.6 percent to 45.4, 43.1, and 38.5Mbps, respectively." Average connection speed in the US was 9.8Mbps, while average peak speed was 37Mbps. Globally, just seven countries have average (not peak) speeds over 10Mbps. Massachusetts, it turns out, is home both to the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and the highest broadband speeds of any state in the US: Massachusetts and New Jersey led the way in the percentage of residents with high broadband speeds: There's good news for nearly all states, though. "Across the whole country, average connection speeds were up in all states but Ohio, which saw a surprisingly large 20 percent quarter-over-quarter decline to 7.5Mbps," Akamai said. Average peak connection speeds rose in 44 states. Akamai analyzed mobile connection speeds separately. "Average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators during the third quarter of 2013 ranged from a high of 9.5Mbps to a low of 0.6Mbps, while average peak connection speeds ranged from 49.8Mbps to 2.4Mbps. Eighteen operators showed average connection speeds in the broadband (>4 Mbps) range," Akamai said. The 9.5Mbps average was achieved by a Russian provider. In the US, four mobile carriers were measured at average speeds of 2.1Mbps to 8.4Mpbs, and average peak speeds of 6.3Mbps to 24.5Mbps. Akamai did not identify which carrier was which, listing them only as "US-1," "US-2," and so on. An Akamai spokesperson told Ars that "we aren't permitted to identify the carriers listed in the report." Akamai also provided an update on IPv6 adoption and Internet attacks. Romania led the way in IPv6 adoption with 7.3 percent of traffic attributed to IPv6. The US was fifth at 4.2 percent. Regarding security, China was the leading source of traffic Akamai was able to identify as "attack traffic." "China, which originated 35 percent of observed attacks, returned to the top spot this quarter after having been unseated by Indonesia in the second quarter," Akamai said. "Indonesia, meanwhile, dropped back to second place after originating 20 percent of observed attacks—slightly more than half of the volume seen in the second quarter. The United States remained in third place as it originated 11 percent of observed attacks during the third quarter, up from 6.9 percent in the previous quarter." http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/two-thirds-of-americans-surf-the-web-at-less-than-10mbps
  4. FRANKFURT Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:22am EST Surfboards lean against a wall at the Google office in Santa Monica, California, October 11, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) - A German court has ordered Google to block search results in Germany linking to photos of a sex party involving former Formula One boss Max Mosley. The court said on Friday that although Google had not taken the pictures it was responsible as a distributor of the images. "The court is of the opinion that the banned pictures of the plaintiff severely violate his private sphere, as they show him active in sexual practices," the court said. The ruling comes more than two months after a French court ordered Google to find a way to remove recurring links to images of Mosley, who was photographed in 2008 at an orgy with prostitutes. The dispute in the Hamburg court relates to photographs of Mosley published by the defunct British tabloid News of the World that were accompanied by an article suggesting he had organized a "sick Nazi orgy". Mosley has acknowledged that he engaged in sado-masochistic activity with the five women and paid them 2,500 sterling ($4,000), but denied the orgy was Nazi-themed. The decision is another setback for Google as it tries to defend a global stance that the search engine is merely a platform that delivers links to content and it should not be responsible for policing them. Although Google can delete images on its website, it cannot prevent others reposting them, resulting in a constant game of catch-up. Google said on Friday it would appeal the ruling. "It could mean that Internet providers are required to monitor even the smallest components of content they transmit or store for their users. We believe this is contrary to European law," a Google spokesman said. In a blog post published in September, Google said it had already removed "hundreds of pages for Mr. Mosley" as part of a process that helps people delete specific pages from Google's search results after they have been shown to violate the law. (Reporting by Harro ten Wolde and Nikola Rotscheroth; Editing by Catherine Evans) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/24/us-google-germany-court-idUSBREA0N0Y420140124