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Comment: Re:Seperate VLAN. (Score 3, Interesting) 106

by dotwhynot (#47735843) Attached to: Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

You can buy a router for 200 bucks that can do port by port VLAN or create different Wifi SSIDs that link to different VLANs.

Put all your internet of things stuff on VLAN 2, then setup firewall rules that allow the hub for the internet of things devices to either communicate directly with a control system on VLAN1 or just go out to the internet. If VLAN 2 is compromised... it will not compromise VLAN 1.

What happens when your 200 bucks router is compromised?

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 303

That may have been a consideration in the 80s, but it's not a good reason to do so now.

NT3.x was on the right path as a fairly well implemented micro-kernel OS, with graphic subsystem completely in user space. This was changed with NT4 for performance and compatibility reasons. (or, what we asked for, where we=market). There was a reason a lot of us clinged to our NT3.51 and refused to "update", like others cling to Win7 now.

Comment: Re:Ahh yes... (Score 1) 169

by dotwhynot (#37009636) Attached to: World Wide Web Turns 20 Today

Don't we all remember banging away on our 300 baud modem thinking it was FAST No, I remember having a 300 baud modem and thinking it was very slow. You can read faster than 300 baud. I had 300 baud for maybe a year before getting a 1200 baud modem. This was around 1985 or so.

1200 baud was a huge improvement. It still took forever to download a game though. 9600 baud was the first modem I actually thought was "fast".

Just a small nitpick in case you are interested: Baud symbol rate != bitrate. The V.32 9.600 kbit/s modems were 2400 baud. The V.34 33.6 kbit/s modems were 3,429 baud.

Comment: Re:my brother installed some stuff on 3.11 (Score 1) 169

by dotwhynot (#37009268) Attached to: World Wide Web Turns 20 Today

my brother installed some stuff on 3.11 that had what I guess tcp/ip stack(slip probably) and a browser that worked with it, I don't remember it's name but it wasn't netscape for sure and it wasn't trumpet which did the tcp/ip, of that I'm fairly sure. the first real internet was on this one bbs that had early linux connected to internet available for members, later it turned into more of a smalltime isp, moved away from that to different provider for isdn access. why can't web pages be more like they were with around when netscape 2.0 got out? content was king once, not the layout.. also early on, why was everything available for linux so well? realplayers and all - it's like 1995 was the year of linux on desktop.

This might very well have been Spry Internet in a Box. Used it myself, was a very good product at the time. It included a full winsock tcp/ip stack, and AirMosaic browser, in addition to clients for Usenet, Telnet, Gopher, FTP and email.


+ - Did Google wilfully deceive about Nortel patents?->

Submitted by walternate
walternate (2210674) writes "Google recently complained that their competitors "banded together" in an anticompetitive strategy against Google when a coalition of Apple, Microsoft, etc. bought the 6000 Nortel patents.

Now Microsoft is countering that Google was invited to join this consortium, but they declined. And they have email from Google to prove it. It seems Google were only interested in winning the bid alone."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:New Books Maybe Old Books Never (Score 1) 669

by dotwhynot (#36497892) Attached to: The End of Paper Books

They said that about vinyl records years ago, but there's still plenty of them being pressed - and there seems to be more and more each year.

There is a hipster resurgence for vinyl yes, but that is rather niche. I think music is an interesting example though. Because a lot of people I know, including myself, who swore they would never get rid of their physical CD collection and replace it with only digital music, have actually ended up doing so. And with the current sales trend I see that accellerating. I'm not at the stage where I see myself dropping my book shelves for my Kindle anytime soon, but as I said that about music too and turned out proving myself wrong - a couple of more apartment moves and they might be left in the moving boxes like the music and DVD collection finally did.

Comment: Re:Old school (Score 1) 161

by dotwhynot (#36480912) Attached to: The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand

I wasn't around for this sort of stuff but wasn't this the sort of thing Radio Shacks customers were doing 25+ years ago?

Indeed. I built a 6502 machine with the help of an electronics magazine, starting with actually etching my own circuit boards. It had an hexadecimal display and keyboard (thanks to manual Dymo of old), only the imagination was the limitation. And yes, I did write a game for it.

Comment: Re:I don't know anyone who still downloads music.. (Score 1) 550

by dotwhynot (#35470892) Attached to: Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

What a load of guff. In fact, I'm sat in hospital in central London, the largest and most connected city in western europe and I can't get a decent 3g or wifi signal good enough to stream low bitrate radio without breaking up never mind anything else. Streaming will never, repeat, never take over me popping a cd in my laptop or playing my mp3 player unless we have guaranteed super-fast-never-failing broadband connections.

You do know that you can offline sync all your Spotify playlists and play without any connection at all, on smartphones and PC/Mac.

Comment: Re:One final test... (Score 2) 176

by dotwhynot (#35409666) Attached to: Firefox 4 RC Vs. IE9 RC: the First Duel

For 100 points, does your browser run on the huge installed base of WindowsXP?

Dang, we'll be limited to IE8 features until at least 2013...

Windows XP is very much like IE6 -- both are decade old systems that should have been left behind a long time ago. If not for lack of features so for lack of modern security.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein