Monday, April 25, 2011

Do you password protect your wireless?

If not, read this AP's article: NY case underscores Wi-Fi privacy dangers
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.
That new wireless router. He'd gotten fed up trying to set a password. Someone must have used his Internet connection, he thought.
"We know who you are! You downloaded thousands of images at 11:30 last night," the man's lawyer, Barry Covert, recounted the agents saying. They referred to a screen name, "Doldrum."
"No, I didn't," he insisted. "Somebody else could have but I didn't do anything like that."
"You're a creep ... just admit it," they said.
Law enforcement officials say the case is a cautionary tale. Their advice: Password-protect your wireless router.

According to a blog written by Dancho Danchev posted at ZDNet year ago: Wardriving police: password protect your wireless, or face a fine
Internet users in Germany, whose wireless networks are left password unprotected, can be fined up to 100 euros, according to a recent ruling by Germany’s top criminal court.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Why Xoom cannot killl iPad?

Obviously, the price. With $499, you can have a cool tablet, an iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi, to use. Why I need to spend another $100 for 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi? Can Motorola produce a 16GB with cheaper price than iPad 2?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Trying Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Few days ago, I downloaded a beta version of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal to try. A new GUI called Unity look nice, give more room to view but it hard to use. To switch from one application to another application, I much click more. Folks at showed me how to back to the Classic GUI.

If a geek is getting difficult in playing Unity in Ubuntu 11.04, how come an ordinary user can use. It look like Canonical turn away a lot of users beginning with this version. The key point of a sucess operating system is a usability. It must be easy to use.