Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Virgin Media - time to go

So Virgin Media came out and said they don't believe in Net Neutrality.

Nice article


So what does that mean -

well basically things will get to your computer faster if the owner has paid. So some web shops could run faster, some online TV services faster, the same with standard information web sites. Though this has dangerous commercial consequences the graver concerns is the civil liberties.

Imagine a web service were some sites take a significantly longer time to load (2 more secs - a life on the web) how many people would never few that site. And how easy would it be to corrode this level of service to complete denial, hey if takes more than 20 secs would anyone ever see it.

So im about to move house into a cable area, but i'll be taking BT with me (not that they have impressed me) because net neutrality matters to me.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

BT its all bad

So Broadband in the UK is in a sorry state,
Phorm is just a new low (see here)

actually IP network is in a sorry state

They claim iPlayer will kill everything we take for granted

Now iPlayer and IPTV does mean that people will actually use there internet connections fully something that the ISPs just cant deal with. Hence the disappearance of the all you can use.

But this was all ways going to happen so why is there nothing in place, its not like Fiber and Gigabit are new technology.

Maybe BBC will put a proxy in every exchange (sort of works short term)

But this is a large issue caused by the current network topology and our reliance of a few significant backbones - maybe its mesh time.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So i have not posted here for a while

Well the reason is simple i have been working on other projects,


My own personal blog hosted by myself which lets me do more cool things than i can do here. All about my PhD research and musical activities.


An improv group sharing code, resources, and thoughts about experimental improvisation. I also run a concert series through this group at Huddersfield University.

How about the platforms;

www.ablelemon.co.uk - runs on simple php blog

www.inclusiveimprov.co.uk - runs on dokuwiki

Friday, April 27, 2007

Free Broadband - just not here

Free 2MB connection for India. really great way to get a jump on everyone else.

Only one thing to say here, why cant we?
Article here

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wireless on Fedora Core 5

Just finished seting up wireless for Fedora Core 5

So here is a blow by blow play book

install fedora core 5

Then as root

added livna reps -
" http://rpm.livna.org/configuration.html "

install ndiswrapper into kernel with command -
" yum install ndiswrapper kernel-module-ndiswrapper-$(uname -r) "

This installs a new kernel with WIFI support

you then need to find the firmware for you wireless card google this for an nx6110 with an airforce one the file is called bcmw15a.inf

this then needs to be loaded into ndis with command -
" /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -i /home/witt/wifidrivers/80211g.zip_FILES/80211g/bcmwl5a.inf "

you then need to create the correct alias for the network with command -
" /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -m "

This installs the wireless card into the system.

To save rebooting the machine you can type
" /sbin/modprobe wrapper "

This is only needed the first time

Once installed you just need to set up

with some cards you need a essid before you can scan (example essid lemon)
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid lemon "

scan for wireless networks
" /sbin/iwlist wlan0 scan "

if your using an access point mode required is managed
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed "

set wep key (example key is 1234567899)
" /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key open 1234567899 "

This connects the wireless network up

then acquire an ip (dhcp in this case)
" /sbin/dhclient wlan0 "

Dont forget to firewall once your done

Monday, November 07, 2005

the network cold

cleared a friends machine of virus stuff today and was the second thing to prompt me about these gems,

is it really a problem or perhaps its an element of the network, all natural order has its unexpected additions and that could be what the virus. just a efficient program which spreads itself and is that not the goal??

why do we promote linux, windows, mac, solaris so people adopt it perhaps the virus is just the ultimate promotion. self promoting relentless unstoppable.

branching away from the virus there is an even more beautiful tool; the worm. these worms feature one of the most potent delivery vehicles a method of communicating data rapidly and massively across contents.

now as with all technology negative uses often following advances and the virus and worm are perhaps the two must hijacked techs ever. was there good to be offered by the worm, could its rapid transmission tell us something about our world.

well the worm is just a tool that replicates and distributes like a trash mag, or protest paper but then that depends on stance. perhaps the issue to examine is the writers why are they doing it what do they gain?

for some it is crime and for that there is no defense however perhaps there are some with other motivations. the target always seams to be the same government, large corporate, the anti virus tool itself. perhaps these are the tools of the new battle and what we see are symptoms rather than the problem.

people wanting to take back control that has been taken from them and acting as they no how, were there skills are.

Friday, November 04, 2005

and all the kings browsers...

well today i finally finished my browsers project

my fedora core 4 box 'pacey' to friends now allows me to surf the web in not only the normal army of linux browsers but now also in safari and ie6. How??

well firstly safari runs through an installed version of mac osX on pearpc emulating the power PC platform

and ie6 runs from within wine a much simplier affair

this means i can check compatability across most platforms and there is loads of cool geek factor in that