Archive for July 2010

Your Router: A Gateway Out, or In?

14 July 2010

Your router is your gateway to the Internet, but is it also a gateway for intruders into your network? Check this Forbes.com blog post to see if your router is on the list for a new twist on DNS rebinding. Whether yours is or is not on the list, set a strong admin password! Of course you’ve already done that.

openphoto.net guarded gate
photo © Adrian van Leen
for openphoto.net CC:PublicDomain

The Anti-iPad?

12 July 2010

I haven’t taken a closer look at this yet, but this review on Mike Crane’s iPad Test certainly makes the Pandigital Novel look interesting!

Pandigital Novel

Once more on Service

5 July 2010

Saturday, brother and I went to Rona for another 4×8′ sheet of 1/4″ Hardibacker. There we were told they didn’t stock 4×8′ sheets, only 3×5′ sheets. We both thought we had bought 4×8′ sheets at that Rona before. Must have been the other Rona. Oh well.

Monday, I went to the other Rona. Girl inside says Hardibacker is in the drive through. So I drive through and am told they only have 3×5′ sheets. Girl at the exit gate insists on seeing inside the back of my vehicle, which I find offensive but don’t bother arguing over. She opens the gate, I pull out and park in the lot to phone Home Depot. While I’m on the phone a management-looking guy comes out and walks a circle around my vehicle. I’m a little more offended.

Over the phone the guy from the local Home Depot says they don’t have building supplies. Weird, eh? It’s a small Home Depot though. The big Home Depot further away says they only have 3×5′ sheets.

We had bought 4×8′ sheets somewhere! I drive over to Dick’s Lumber. They only have 3×5′ sheets. So I drive to the big Home Depot hoping maybe the guy on the phone was mistaken. Sure enough he was mistaken. They don’t have 3×5′ sheets either. They don’t have Hardibacker at all. Similar products, but not Hardibacker.

So fine. It had to have been Rona where we bought 4×8′ sheets before, but they don’t have them now. I’ll have to change over to 3×5′ sheets and likely have more waste now since I’ve started the project to make good use of 4′ widths.

Go the the first Rona and as I’m checking out mention to the girl something about 4×8′ sheets. “Oh yes”, she says, “they’re in the next aisle!” And sure enough they were.

I don’t remember who we talked to on Saturday, so I can’t make a good voodoo doll. Please, if you work in retail be knowledgeable about the products you stock. If nothing else it will help me move forward.

Netbook E-reader

3 July 2010

Hey! Look at this!

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btw what’s happening with cApitAl leTterS In thiS LanGuage?

Oops, nevermind. They seem to be gone. 😦

Me, myself and iWidgets

2 July 2010

The old laptop is showing signs of imminent doom. It is mainly used by my partner and all she uses is the browser. She likes to get comfy on the couch with it like a good book. I thought that an Apple iPad might be ideal for this sort of user.

Then I heard that the iPad doesn’t do Flash. “Wow”, I thought, “there’s a lot of Flash content online. Why doesn’t it do Flash?” Well, it doesn’t do Flash because Apple doesn’t want it to. Opinions online seem split between it being a quality (of the iPad experience) control thing or a market share thing. A quality control thing I could live with. A market share thing offends me. The consumer should not be acceptable collateral damage in market share wars.

Next I heard that the iPad does not have USB ports! How do I connect all my other devices? Dunno! How do I get photos from camera to iPad? Oh, buy adapters from Apple! This might not offend me if the adapters were included with the iPad. As it stands this seems like milking the user.

Then there’s apps. It seems apps can only be installed via Apple’s App store where only apps approved by Apple get to be.

As a Linux user I’m used to doing whatever I want with my machines, including installing apps I want from wherever, including making my own little apps, including even screwing up the system on occasion and having to fix it.

The Apple product is seductively beautiful in a femme fatale kind of way. The dark side is that Apple seems to view its customers as mere consumers. Nay, less than consumers. Like factory farmed chickens to be fed what Apple decides they’ll be fed.

Sorry Apple. I like being a free range chicken. A wild turkey even. Or maybe a wild penguin. The more I find out about Apple products the more I think I won’t be buying any of them. My partner may get a tablet of some sort, but it will run Linux. It will be our machine, not the manufacturer’s, and we’ll enjoy the freedom to do as we like with it.