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Monday: May 17, 2010

Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.

Let this be a lesson to you all to never leave a wi-fi network unsecured. The good news is that Google has agreed to stop collecting this data, at least for now.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:37 AM | Tags (7) | google | network | security | security | snooping | streetview | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 15, 2010

Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast open up wi-fi to each other's customers.Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast open up wi-fi to each other's customers.

This is very good news (and quite unexpected also) for customers of any of the aformentioned companies in the above headline. You can now take advantage of any of their wifi whilst traveling just so long as you are paying customer. Not too shabby, guys - not too shabby at all.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 4:34 PM | Tags (7) | cablevision | comcast | hotspots | optimum | sharing | timewarner | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: January 8, 2010

Palm pulls the curtain back on phones that can create personal wifi hotspots.Palm pulls the curtain back on phones that can create personal wifi hotspots.

Palm says the application will give customers the option of creating a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing Verizon's 3G network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:44 AM | Tags (10) | 3g | cloud | hotspot | interesting | network | palm | personal | technology | verizon | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 28, 2009

Ford would like to turn your automobile into a wifi hotspot on the highway.Ford would like to turn your automobile into a wifi hotspot on the highway.

Great, so now you wardrive for wifi by actually wardriving for wifi. 'Quick, follow that blue car, they've got a good signal!' Something about this whole thing tells me that all roads will be a little less safer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:32 AM | Tags (9) | technology | ford | sync | wifi | automobile | car | hotspot | internet | mobile |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: December 16, 2009

Free wifi access is coming to your local McDonald's joint.Free wifi access is coming to your local McDonald's joint.

You formerly had to pony up $2.95 to use wireless access at any of their fast food locations - but Ronald says no more! This latest move is marked effort to try and make each McDonald's location a 'destination' rather than you know, somewhere you go just for fast food.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 7:03 AM | Tags (8) | access | coffee | destination | free | mcdonalds | starbucks | thestreet | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 25, 2009

A handy tutorial on how to build your very own wifi robot spybot.A handy tutorial on how to build your very own wifi robot spybot.

Always wanted to try your hand at building a robot of some kind? How about one that has built-in wifi and a camera? Good luck, 007.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 6:46 AM | Tags (5) | tutorial | robot | wifi | spybot | instructables |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 73 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: November 12, 2009

Google offering up free wifi at forty-seven airports for the holidays.Google offering up free wifi at forty-seven airports for the holidays.

Free you say? What's the catch you ask? You'll be prompted to set Google as your homepage and to give their Chrome browser a whirl if you haven't already. Not a bad tradeoff really. Merry holidays from Google to you.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:32 AM | Tags (7) | airports | chrome | free | google | holidays | homepage | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 27, 2009

Your wi-fi encryption key can be cracked in under a minute thanks to latest threat.Your wi-fi encryption key can be cracked in under a minute thanks to latest threat.

The encryption systems used by wireless routers have a long history of security problems. The Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) system, introduced in 1997, was cracked just a few years later and is now considered to be completely insecure by security experts.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:21 AM | Tags (6) | attack | decryption | encryption | security | threat | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 33 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 12, 2009

Be careful when taking advantage of free wifi, even in designated areas.Be careful when taking advantage of free wifi, even in designated areas.

...hackers may be masquerading as free public Wi-Fi providers to gain access to the laptops of unsuspecting travelers. All it takes, they say, is a computer program downloaded from the Internet, an open access point and a user who has ignored basic security advice.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 8:07 AM | Tags (7) | airport | free | fyi | hackers | hotspots | security | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 10, 2009

Daily Grind: Failed nerd

Name: Vin (aka non-version checker)
How Vin feels today: Failed nerd @ 1:30:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To read more carefully when trying to hack a USB wifi adapter to work with a Mac OS X. I hate you Linksys.

Music Stuck in Head: Harry Potter Theme
Listen to YEM from night two of The Gorge (Phish related).

Stuff to do today:

  • Learn valuable lesson that version numbers can mean different chipsets in Linksys wifi adapters
  • Break down and buy original Airport card on eBay
  • Grumble grumble grumble
  • Research more about automatic photo manipulation via Photoshop droplets
  • Fine-tune actions to work with said droplets
  • Move on to less nerdier topics
  • Continue to mentally prepare self for Phish show this Friday
  • Revisit previous item about nerdy topics

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 2:30 PM | Tags (8) | concert | linksys | mac | nerd | phish | potter | technology | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: August 4, 2009

You can now browse Facebook on your shiny new Nintendo DSi.You can now browse Facebook on your shiny new Nintendo DSi.

Previously, the only way to move photos from the DSi to another platform was by copying them to an SD card, this application capitalizes on the handheld's Wi-Fi connectivity.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 7:40 AM | Tags (4) | dsi | facebook | nintendo | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 29, 2009

Turns out that 'wifi allergies' don't actually exist. Who knew?Turns out that 'wifi allergies' don't actually exist. Who knew?

In multiple blinded studies, they did no better than random chance when asked to identify whether equipment that broadcasts on WiFi or cellular frequencies is active.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 7:32 AM | Tags (5) | allergy | health | pr | study | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 20, 2009

Grandest wifi spot you'll ever see opens up at the New York Public Library.Grandest wifi spot you'll ever see opens up at the New York Public Library.

The Beaux-Arts room in a 1911 building that houses the library's research collection has seating for 128 people at custom-made black walnut tables. Seating is at brown leather chairs to match the maple wood floor, according to the library.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 11:31 AM | Tags (7) | hotspot | library | manhattan | newyork | newyorkcity | public | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 6, 2009

Go on a digital treasure hunt through a newly wired-up city of Venice.Go on a digital treasure hunt through a newly wired-up city of Venice.

Interesting way to celebrate Venice getting wired up for this century. So long unsightly antennas!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 2:45 PM | Tags (6) | hunt | travel | treasure | venice | wifi | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 29, 2009

The top ten raw deals and ripoffs for video gamers out there.The top ten raw deals and ripoffs for video gamers out there.

I have to admit that I was not happy about shelling out an extra hundred bucks for something that comes standard on the Wii and PS3 (wifi capability).  That little tidbit somehow didn't make it onto the article.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:22 PM | Tags (8) | gaming | ps3 | ripoffs | wifi | wii | wired | wireless | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 37 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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