Recently I’ve noticed that, every so often, my iPhone spontaneously opens the app store page for some stupid game or other. It’s usually when I’m reading a blog with advertising on it, or looking at pictures of kittens. Sometimes it happens from Safari, and sometimes from apps serving their own content. It seems that I’m not aloneinfinding this annoying, and it looks like it may affect Android devices too. Worried (as others are) that this might be some novel strain of malware, I decided to do a bit of digging, which revealed that one of the embedded advertising networks is being an arsehole. Continue reading →
I’ve always had a latent interest in the law. Ever since my political awakening I’ve been fascinated by the invisible tendrils of a strange and powerful system that reaches into every aspect of life. It seems bizarre that only in recent years have its layers of rules, proceduresanddecisions been open to easy inspection. As a layperson I was attracted by the apparent cold logic of it all: every situation gets reduced to a result that is absolutely and provably correct and consistent (of course this is wrong, but more of that later).
For your amusement and, well, further amusement, I present a selection of feedback I’ve received on my little diatribe. Some are extracts from published comments, while others are drawn from those that fell below my very low standards for approval (mainly where a fake or invalid email address was given). Although I can’t claim to receive hate mail that ranks high on the Dawkins scale of fuckwittery, I hope this little selection makes for a smile or two.
I just wanted to warn all of my friends about something that has been occuring more and more lately, all through out the country. Groups of teenagers have been caught, in alarming numbers, playing a new and dangerous game called Spunkball. Spunkball consists of a group of teens in a car pulling up to a stop light, and looking around for a car stopped near by with an open window. When one is spotted, the teens shout, “Spunkball”, and throw a gasoline soaked rag that has been wrapped in aluminum foil threw the open window. On the outside of the foil is attatched a small fire cracker, with the fuse lit. When the fire cracker explodes, it shreds the foil, and the rag is ignited, causing a large flame that may catch the interior of the car on fire. Spunkball playing has already claimed two lives, caused uncountable injuries due to burns, and caused thousands of dollars in damage to automobiles. The best defense, say authorities, is to keep all windows rolled up when stopped at traffic lights, as only cars with windows down are being targeted.
It’s always useful to get your network gear to send their logs somewhere else in case they die, reboot, or go on fire. In a domestic setting this can be very useful if you have some problems with the stability of your link. However, in the case of the X3500, Linksys’s knowledge base says
11.Does the X3500 support transmission of log information to a log server?
No, the Linksys X3500 does not support transmission of log information to a log server.
Welllll…. that’s kind of true, in that there’s no option to enable it, so I suppose it’s not supported. However, it can be done. Linksys would probably say that this will invalidate your warranty, set your hair on fire and poison the groundwater, but a big fat ‘muh’ to them. Continue reading →
The Linksys X3500 is, as the manufacturer would have it, a very capable device indeed. I won’t bore you with the details because, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already got one. If that’s the case, you’ll know that (like so much consumer networking kit) the management interface leaves a great deal to be desired: it’s buggy, slow, unreliable, and has a penchant for dropping your connection when you make changes. What’s more, Linksys hasn’t provided updated firmware for over six months, and for such a new device that’s kind of worrying. But that’s a rant for another day. Continue reading →