May 27, 2005

Why you need wireless security

The Windows Secrets newsletter has a really good column by Brian Livingston in this month's issue that explains why we/you need wireless security and discusses various forms of protection. It's kinda long but informative, nonetheless.

BTW, the article contains this link to a site that has a pretty decent password generator.

Posted by tony at 07:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 19, 2005

How weak is WEP?

Check out this article from Tom's Networking and, if you're using WEP, run, don't walk, to WPA.

Posted by tony at 02:43 PM | Comments (0)

Run Linux alongside Windows -- for free!

Cooperative Linux is an open source project (on SourceForge) that lets you run Linux "alongside" Windows without using things like VMware or VirtualPC. No, it's not a Cygwin clone -- you actually run the Linux kernel AND Windows XP. It's been around for a while but I just found out about it.

Posted by tony at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2005

Non Dot Com Cool Domain Names

This article lists 249 (or close to 249) "cool" hostnames using the various TLDs around. Examples? Sure, how about (Andorra) (Gabon) (Haiti) (Venezuela) (United States)

Posted by tony at 05:15 PM | Comments (0)

Hierarchical/categorization : personal ontology

Chad ran across a good article about ontology and how categorization has become much more of a personal thing than it used to be. I'll refrain from starting a discussion about how the amount of personal information we all manage has become so much greater and just let you read Chad's weblog post as well as the original article. Suffice it to say that if I had a good way to tag more of my files, bookmarks and such I think I'd search less and find more.

Posted by tony at 01:09 PM | Comments (0)

May 16, 2005

USB Flash Drive Manager

Microsoft's free USB Flash Drive Manager is a utility that lets you backup your flash drive, control autorun and a few other things including backing up your wireless configuration settings, according to this week's Windows Tips & Tricks Update. This is a weekly enewsletter available free from the folks at Windows IT Pro. You can sign up for their enewsletters but don't bother trying to find this tip on their website until next week -- their article archive trails the newsletter by a week.

Posted by tony at 01:29 PM | Comments (0)

ExtremeTech gives the scoop on power supplies

This article from ExtremeTech gives a good explanation about the power needs and also recommends a few brands. Good article if you're trying to build your own PC.

Posted by tony at 07:59 AM | Comments (0)

May 11, 2005

Everybody's talking about Greasemonkey

And this free online book. What is Greasemonkey? It's an extension you can use to add scripts to a web page to change its behavior. More (much more) information is available on both sites referenced, above.

Posted by tony at 08:23 AM | Comments (0)

May 06, 2005

Digital broadcast flag struck down by federal appeals court

Aunty Spam's Net Patrol reports in this article that a federal appeals court has ruled that the FCC overstepped their bounds in mandating that the anti-copying scheme be implemented in all devices and digital broadcasts. The facility was supposed to be effective July 1, 2005.

I wonder if there will be a further appeal, don't you?

Posted by tony at 04:06 PM | Comments (0)

Google Maps connected with Yahoo! Traffic

This article from Silicon Beat (a technology news weblog from our local rag) links you to this site which shows you traffic info from Yahoo! laid on top of a Google map. Yes, you can switch the map to satellite and back. Pretty neat. Don't know how many applications there are for this ... I suppose you could see where construction is being done and recognize it by landmark or something. I liek it, though! It's a creative application of technology.

Posted by tony at 03:36 PM | Comments (0)

T-Mobile shows their wireless coverage

At street-level, no less. This article by Dan Gillmor sends you to this T-Mobile page where you can type in an address or select an intersection and see what the coverage is supposed to be like. I check my work location and it says "Good" while I'd rate it only fair -- 1 bar, at best. Still, as Mr. Gillmor says, at least they're willing to show it!

Posted by tony at 03:20 PM | Comments (0)