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Archive for January, 2006

WiMAX HomeNets?

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 31st, 2006

Olga Kharif of Business Week says a company called Radiospire Networks makes chips for in-home WiMax networks. Their chips, essentially, allow users to stream high-definition TV channels onto the home PC, or the other way around. So this technology competes with Ultra-Wideband and Wi-Fi, also looking for a place within the home. Some people in […]

NSA’s Political Pickle

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 31st, 2006

You pays your money and you takes your choice. The Baltimore Sun reports the NSA spent six years and hundreds of millions of dollars trying to kick-start the Trailblazer datamining program, intended to help protect the United States against terrorism, that many experts say was doomed from the start. The NSA initiative, which was designed […]

Congress To Hear Net Neutrality Concerns

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 31st, 2006

“I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads.” – Richard Burton in The Medusa Touch Congress will consider the question of net neutrality Feb. 7 in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, as it attempts to update telecommunications laws, last updated in 1996. Telco critics are trying to maintain the […]

Wireless Canon

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2006

Steve’s Digicam’s reviews the $500 Canon PowerShot SD430 Wireless camera with built-in 802.11b. The point and shooter (specs) features a 3X zoom, SD cards, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, and records 640×480 video at 30fps. The SD430 can be remotely operated wirelessly from a PC (Windows XP w/SP2 only). Steve’s Digicam’s liked it (Engadet photo above) I […]

Nam June Paik

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2006

MetroFi Goes Free

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 30th, 2006

MetroFi, today announced it was dropping fees for wireless Internet access in Santa Clara and Cupertino, California. Now everything is free (with a banner ad). The community LAN operator, which uses SkyPilot mesh gear, used to offer two choices; a $19.95/month, 1 Mbps wireless access service (without advertising), or a free 1 Mbps wireless access […]