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Hey, the dirt IM’d me. I guess it’s time to vacuum.

By The End of 2011 20 Typical Households Will Generate More Internet Traffic Than The Entire Internet in 2008 (Infographic) » Geeky Gadgets.

The infographic is interesting, but the IPv6 statistic at the end of the article is what sparked the title.

–the civil commentator


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Lock Down Your Wi-Fi!

Mistaken FBI Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks.

It can’t be emphasized enough that if you own a wireless router, it needs to be secured (a.k.a., have a password).

It amazing how easy it is to find ‘free’ wireless Internet access these days. I can access it anywhere in my neighborhood at any time of day. I can take a walk with my laptop and should the mood strike me to look something up on the Internet–BOOM–instant access using someone else’s Internet access.

The story above highlights the absolute need to lock down your wireless router. It takes literally five minutes and besides making certain that some pervert isn’t able to download child porn using your connection, you protect your home network from some hacker who plays a nasty joke on you and uploads a virus to all of your networked computers.

It should cost you not more than $50 to have your wireless router secured, and it will save you all sorts of headaches, lawsuits, and financial losses.

Just do it.

–the civil commentator

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D-Link Router Jacked Up?

So, I got in a hurry tonight.

I told myself to wait until after I returned home to try anything on my router. Maybe it’s a good thing that I don’t listen to these voices in my head. 🙂

Regardless, I wish I had listened to that sage advice; but, of course, I didn’t.

The newest version of the firmware for my router came bundled in a ZIP-file. As stated before, I found myself in a hurry, and instead of extracting the ZIP-file first I uploaded that file as the new version of the firmware. Ka-boom!

After piddling around for two hours, I’m finally back on track. If you find yourself with a corrupt or incorrect version of firmware, tried the 30-30-30 reset method to no avail, and you have a D-Link router; try this:

Unplug the router. Find the RESET button on the back. Press and hold the RESET button and while doing so, power on the router again, and continue holding the RESET button for 10 seconds.  After 10 seconds, release the button and wait until the router restarts.

Not that it will work just as flawlessly as it did for me, but God helped me find this trick, so I thought I would pay it forward.

Happy networking!

–the civil commentator

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Full Text RSS Feed — Get the whole feed and nothing but the feed

Tired of the stupid RSS feed of the headline and then one line of text? Try this: Full Text RSS Feed // Get the whole feed and nothing but the feed.

This is one of the best, if not THE best, discoveries of the week. Try it, you’ll like it.

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Hauppauge Colossus is Here!

I feel like I tend to keep a finger on the pulse of new technology, but I was surprised that I hadn’t seen a posting from any of my Reader RSS feeds that the Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR was available.

So since progress and gadget availability wait for no one, here is my announcement (of sorts):

Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR for sale – $169 plus shipping.

Hauppauge Colossus HD-PVR

I haven’t noticed this become available on e-tailers websites as of yet, but I can’t imagine it will be all that long until it does.

I’m excited…does that make me a geek? Probably.

–the civil commentator

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Apple? Greedy? Yep.

From Geeky Gadgets: Publishers Speak Out Against Apple’s New App Store Subscriptions.

I find it curious how Apple has gained such a sterling reputation with the liberal ‘in’ crowd. Apple is a huge company that is definitely looking out for its stockholders. The best way for a company to look out for its stockholders is to try every way possible to turn a profit–a.k.a. be greedy. Oh, and by the way, where’s that iPad, iPhone, iPod made? Yep. China.

The sourced article above highlights for you that Apple, despite being the preference of ‘open-minded’ people all over the world, is just as greedy as Microsoft, Exxon-Mobil, BP, Wal-Mart, et al.

Oh, and another thing: Rush Limbaugh loves his Apple products, too. Shouldn’t that send some Apple users running to the recycle bin with their MacBook Air’s, iPad’s, and iPhone’s?

Just remember folks, just because a company turns a good profit doesn’t make them evil. Furthermore, just because a company turns a ridiculous profit doesn’t make them evil, either.

So welcome to the ship Apple-junkies! You’re feeding the capitalistic beast just as much as the rest of us.

–the civil commentator

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Survivor: Mobi Islands

Another one bites the dust!

Microsoft Rescues Nokia Rescues Microsoft | ConceivablyTech.

With Symbian out of the picture, the smartphone platform playing field has now been pared down to four players (in alphabetical order):

Windows 7 Mobile

Who will win the battle? At this point it’s anyone’s guess. With HP making a huge marketing push for webOS, along with the news that the devices will be Enterprise-Ready off-the-shelf, some of the existing platforms may have some stout competition.

I guess we’ll see…

–the civil commentator

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