Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Hitler learns Google Reader is shutting down

- March 14th, 2013

Hitler finds out Google Reader is shutting down. [A caution: Some objectionable language]

My first-ever tweet and, 50,000 tweets later, some other meditations on Twitter

- February 19th, 2013


Some time on Tuesday, I expect I will send out my 50,000th tweet. Seems like a lot when you look at a big number like that. But then, this is post number 3,743 at this blog and these posts are way longer than 140 characters. So when I think about it,  3,743 blog posts sounds like way more work than 50,000 tweets.

In any event …

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Network management geeks: Dad needs help!

- December 30th, 2012

This post is a plea for help from smart network administrators/geeks and/or Bob Metcalfe:

Like a lot of dads, I’m the on-site technical support for my household and while that job used to just involve keeping software updates fresh on a single desktop computer, dads like me now have a whole clutch of computers and other gadgets (DVD players, refrigerators, tablets, laptops, TVs, cameras)  – all of which have IP numbers — and all of which are used by any one of four family members to gobble up bandwidth. Like a like lot of Canadians who get their Internet service from a major cableco/telco, I have a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and the Akin household pays through the nose. That makes the Akin household’s Accounts Payable Manager (my wife) very unhappy with On-Site Technical Support (that would be me.)

So I need help. Let me describe the genesis of today’s plea for help: Read more…

New wi-fi router hack to control Web ads

- October 27th, 2012

Noticed this online at Mother Jones. It’s about a new app and wi-fi router hack that, in this instance, was developed for political junkies who want to see more political ads in the U.S. But…

…the program packs a bigger punch when installed on public routers: Read more…

Huawei’s problem? It ain’t the secret backdoors but wide-open front doors

- October 11th, 2012
Huawei sales booth in China

Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei is under fire, as colleague Jessica Murphy reports:

Huawei sells mobile technology to companies that include Bell Canada, Telus, Wind Mobile, Sasktel and Ice Wireless, but has come under intense scrutiny following a recent scathing report from a U.S. congressional committee outlining cyber-espionage concerns with Huawei and another global telecom company, ZTE.

Meanwhile, at a conference in Asia for computer security and IT types, Read more…