Open WiFi

January 16, 2008

Interesting article by security guru Bruce Schneier outlining why he runs an unencrypted open wireless network at home.

Whenever I talk or write about my own security setup, the one thing that surprises people — and attracts the most criticism — is the fact that I run an open wireless network at home. There’s no password. There’s no encryption. Anyone with wireless capability who can see my network can use it to access the internet.

To me, it’s basic politeness. Providing internet access to guests is kind of like providing heat and electricity, or a hot cup of tea. But to some observers, it’s both wrong and dangerous.

He makes some very good points, but they must not have download quotas to worry about in the US.

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MacBook Air

January 16, 2008

A new addition to the Apple family:

Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs took the wraps off a super-slim new laptop overnight, unveiling a tiny personal computer that is less than 2.5cm thick and turns on the moment it is opened.

*Drool*

Matter

January 16, 2008

Orbit have released an extract of the new Iain M. Banks Culture novel Matter, due out early February in the UK and US. It’s his first culture novel since Look To Windward in 2000 and it looks like it will be worth the wait.

If you haven’t heard of Banks, check out his official website or his Wikipedia entry for a quick overview. He has authored a selection of fiction, non-fiction and science fiction, all of which is brilliant (although sometimes disturbing) and well worth a look.

The good news is that someone is producing a movie adaptation of William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. The bad news is that it’s going to star Hayden Christensen.

There are many words that occur to me at a time like this (some of them French) but the one that keeps bouncing around my head like the ball in a spasticated game of Pong is no.

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They’re Sacrelicous!

December 27, 2007

My daughter found these for me as a Christmas present.

Messiah Mints

That is so cool.

Some months ago I was lamenting the lack of functionality in my Generation 5.5 iPod that prevented me from adding songs to my “on-the-go” play list while my iPod was playing in shuffle mode.

I have just thought of a simple way around this:

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Dollhouse

November 6, 2007

Since hearing that Joss Whedon had opted out of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, I was in despair of seeing any new Whedon-esque content in the near future. Happily, it would appear that I was wrong. Looks like Joss Whedon has a seven episode commitment with Fox for a new series starring Eliza Dushku, titled Dollhouse and premiering in the new year.

Shiny.