May 282008

D-Link DXN-221

D-Link today introduced an easy-to-use Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit that taps into existing coaxial wiring throughout the home, delivering fast and stable connections for extending a network to devices at the entertainment system and to multiple rooms without interrupting cable service.

The D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit (DXN-221) is ideally suited for adding bandwidth-demanding applications such as high-definition (HD) media streaming, music sharing and online multi-player gaming to the home network. The DXN-221 comes with two adapters, each of which includes an Ethernet port as well as a Coaxial F-type connector for bridging the two adapters together. The adapters may also be purchased individually (DXN-220).

Users can easily connect the D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter to their existing router and then to an available coaxial outlet in the home, enabling network and Internet access to multiple rooms. A second adapter is added in another room to connect Ethernet-enabled devices like PCs and media players. The DXN-221 may be used in rooms with multiple devices by connecting a switch to the adapter to connect additional devices.

In a typical scenario, a single adapter comes from the home network router via an Ethernet cable and then connects to a nearby coaxial cable. The second adapter can then be placed anywhere in the home where there is another coaxial cable which can then plug into an Ethernet-ready device or network switch for connecting multiple devices. The technology also works as a point-to-multipoint network which enables placing multiple adapters throughout the home for connections in any room with a coaxial outlet.

The Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit is an ideal solution for home networking requiring no new in-home wiring. Pairing the device with existing coaxial cabling in the home can extend the network to the home entertainment center where more devices are now network-capable such as gaming consoles, digital video recorders (DVR), and media players.

The D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit DXN-221 will be available in Q3, 2008 from retail outlets and will be available from D-Link’s e-tail shops with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $199.99. Individual adapters (DXN-220) are available with a MSRP of $109.99.

Read more about this device:

PC World


 Posted by at 9:40 pm
May 282008


It appears that this tiresome issue of YouTube hosting copyrighted content may have just taken the next step.

It’s clear to just about everybody that YouTube is hosting content that has been illegally copied or integrated into personal works, but we all look away with a wink wink nudge nudge. And Youtube/GOOG have insinuated all along that they’ll do what it takes to remove offending content but that they’re not directly responsible. In fact YouTube’s website still purports to be a forum for users to share their own original ‘user generated’ video content. In reality, YouTube is rife with infringed copies of everything from SpongeBob SquarePants to Ren & Stimpy to The Colbert Report and much more.

To back that up, in March 2007 YouTube themselves identified 150,000 unauthorized clips of copyrighted material that had been watched 1.5 billion times.

What’s new in this discussion though is that in Viacom’s latest amended complaint (pdf), they emphasize that YouTube’s embedded and sharing features as particularly problematic because it *encourages* infringement. Their argument is that YT isn’t just facilitating copyright violations, they’re an infringer. This may hold water.

GOOG’s argument is not changing, it can be boiled down to: ‘we supply the tools, what our users do with them is their business’. That’s just BS. It’s the same argument used by black hat hackers that distribute hacking tools and key crackers and rootkits.

For further reading, check out IP Democracy’s view now that GOOG is firing back with a (in my opinion) pretty weak response.

 Posted by at 6:55 am
May 282008


There’s two kinds of spammers that just really chafe my hide –

Inept spammers and lazy spammers.

When I see ineptness within the spammer ranks I usually roll my eyes and chuckle at how they’ve screwed things up in their latest spam run. I’ll provide details on this bucket later, right now though it’s all about the Lazy Spammers.

To make my point as to what constitutes a lazy spammer allow me to provide Exhibit A, a list.

Here’s the full text of 6 recent spam messages Geeknews has filtered out for moderation. Note what these have in common:

  1. dfgdsfg gdfgdsfg gsdfgdsfg dsfgdsf gmobile ring tones
  2. hgfhgf hgfhdfg hgfhfgh gfh v635 ring tone
  3. fgdsfg gdsfgdsf gdfgdsfg sgdsfgdsf free ring tones for samsung verizon wireless prepaid
  4. sfsadf fsdafas fdasf asdf back ring tones verizon wireless
  5. fsdfs fdasfasd fdsafas fdasfas teenies
  6. fdsfdas fdsafas fdasf asdf sex you tube xxx

It should be obvious what they have in common, the gibberish isn’t just gibberish. A majority of the text is generated using one hand on one row of the keyboard typing randomly on the same 3 or 4 keys over and over again like this:

asdfasdfasdf -OR- ;lkjjkl;;lkj -OR- zxvvczxcvzxvvzcx

If you’re going to decide to take on the profession of spammer, act like a professional, try treating your text like art, make a statement with your spam while providing links to  your services. Take the opportunity to show people what you’re capable of for crying out loud.

Is it too much to ask for? For god’s sake have some pride in your work. As it stands today lazy spammer, I delete you with disdain.

 Posted by at 12:12 am
May 282008

  eWaste 2

Free and green. Those are the goals of a pilot program launched recently by the U.S. Postal Service that allows customers to recycle small electronics and inkjet cartridges by mailing them free of charge.

The “Mail Back” program helps consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, making it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics in an environmentally responsible way. Customers use free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players – without having to pay for postage.

Postage is paid for by Clover Technologies Group, a company that recycles, remanufactures and remarkets inkjet & laser cartridges and small electronics.

If the electronic item or cartridges cannot be refurbished and resold, its component parts are reused to refurbish other items, or the parts are broken down further and the materials are recycled. Clover has a “zero waste to landfill” policy: it does everything it can to avoid contributing any materials to the landfills.

The free, postage-paid Mail Back envelopes can be found on displays in Post Office lobbies. There is no limit to the number of envelopes customers may take.

The pilot is set for 10 areas across the United States, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, but could become a national program this fall if the pilot program proves successful.

This is really cool, but I have a couple of questions:

– How can we extend this to other nations?

– Can I get a Mail Back box big enough to hold about a dozen old fluorescent tube lights, 1 broken down old PC and 1 busted 21″ CRT? :-)



[via ecolectic]

 Posted by at 12:01 am
May 272008

Witchblade Teaser Poster

Platinum Studios, Top Cow Prods. and Arclight Films will team on a live-action feature adaptation of “Witchblade,” based on the Top Cow comic book franchise (link to the Wikipedia Witchblade page).

The comic book introduced the Witchblade mythology, which centers on an ornate jewel-encrusted gauntlet that gives extraordinary powers to the wearer, a specially chosen female from each generation.

From Wikipedia on Witchblade:

The Witchblade is an intelligent, ancient, and conscious weapon with extraterrestrial origins. It is one of thirteen weapons of this type. It is the offspring of the universe’s opposing aspects, the Darkness and the Angelus (the dark and the light). The Witchblade is a male aspect created to act as a balance, which must have a female as a host.

The comic book franchise has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since debuting in 1995 and spawned a 2000 telepic that turned into a weekly series that ran for two seasons on TNT. “Witchblade” has been published in more than 21 languages and 55 countries, with merchandise widely sold. The most recent incarnation was an anime TV show in Japan by Gonzo Digimation in 2006.

The companies are already eyeing a location shoot in Australia.

Platinum Studios is involved in screen transformations of several titles from its comics library, including “Atlantis Rising,” a DreamWorks drama being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and “Cowboys and Aliens,” another DreamWorks title that Kurtzman and Orci are producing with Imagine Entertainment. Platinum Studios has a Disney deal for “Unique” and is partnered with Hyde Park Entertainment on “Dead of Night,” based on the Italian comicbook series “Dylan Dog.”

 Posted by at 9:53 pm