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Communications

What To Do When Broadband is Not An Option? 577 577

professorguy writes "I've been on the internet since 1984 (back before email addresses had @'s). But it looks like we're coming to the end of an era. From my home, I have 26.4 kbps dial-up access to the internet (you read that right). Since I am a hospital network administrator, it would be nice to do some stuff remotely when I am on 24/7 call. However, no cable or DSL comes anywhere near my house and because of the particular topography of my property (I'm on a heavily-forested, north-facing hillside), satellite is also not available. Heck, cell phones didn't even work here until January. So far, the technical people I've asked all have the same advice for reasonable connectivity: move. Move out of the house my wife and I built and lived in for 20 years. Has it really come to this? Am I doomed to be an internet refugee? Is this really my only option? Do you have an alternative solution for me?"
Software

BitTorrent Closes Source Code 390 390

An anonymous reader writes ""There are two issues people need to come to grips with," BitTorrent CEO Ashwin Narvin told Slyck.com. "Developers who produce open source products will often have their product repackaged and redistributed by businesses with malicious intent. They repackage the software with spyware or charge for the product. We often receive phone calls from people who complain they have paid for the BitTorrent client." As for the protocol itself, that too is closed, but is available by obtaining an SDK license."

Comment: Handwriting Recognition (Score 1) 318 318

I have to differ from the review in that I found the handwriting recognition to be the best I'd ever used once it had been taught some of my more "eccentric" letter formations. Surely I can't be the only one?

As for the 770, love it to bits - although until IT2006 is released (Supposedly end Q2 now) it is definately a device for the slashdot reader (Though my girlfriend loves it to bits, I have difficulty getting it off her sometimes).

May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!

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