Archive for April 28th, 2004

wireless modem router

Last night I tried to find a wireless 56k modem router device. There is NONE available. I wonder why.

The only ones I found are Best Data’s 56k modem router which is unfortunately not wireless, and Apple’s middle range AirPort Extreme Base Station (model M8799LL/A) which does what I need but it is hideously expensive ($250) because it is also an ethernet router for 802.11g (which I don’t need).

I just need a $50 wireless 56k modem router to use in Greece when I am there (there’s no DSL in my parent’s region and there are 3 people in the house who want to use Internet). I don’t need 802.11g (b will be enough) and I don’t need ethernet.

And there’s none such product! Yes, I could put together a Linux firewall/router distro on an old PC, but this is hardly elegant to configure its firewall or how to connect exactly, it has a learning curve (my bro doesn’t use linux), it is expensive to move a full PC in Greece from US, plus it will be as expensive as the airport base station at the end –if not more.

I wonder why no one created such a product.

web camera Part II

Continuing about my web camera adventures, I manage to lose the CD with the Windows drivers for the new web camera… It would have being practicaly a useless camera if I wasn’t to stumble upon an alpha Linux driver that actually supports that specific camera (the driver is not part of the 2.6 kernel), even if there are still problems with it (controls don’t work on Gnomemeeting and the default picture is too dark)

The guy who can’t get it

It is so entertaining watching out Kelly McNeil from osViews to battle OSNews and myself using questionable methods on his site (and on other sites posting as anonymous coward). The guy is obviously so freaking jealous of the OSNews success (his site is sitting on the bottom of the traffic pile while OSNews is sailing for a new record this month with ~190,000 pageviews per day on average) that he can’t bare it anymore and so he personally attacks me without having any solid evidence (“what’s her agenda?” someone asks, “she has multiple” he replies). Hahaha…

At some point –before he got so worked up– he wanted to buy OSNews (so he would buy success without going through all the long time and hard work I had to go through to get OSNews where it is today), while recently he came up with an alternative plan –from what I was told– to move osViews from the bottom of the pile by “paying some money to have osnews link his articles on osViews”. Hah!

Kelly, get a life. You won’t dethrone me from my position with such Microsoft-like tactics. You only manage to empower me: being infamous ‘sells’ more anyway.

Save some dignity for yourself instead of attacking fellow editors for no good reason other than zealotry and jealousy.

However, I know that whatever I will say, Kelly won’t listen. He never does, he has decided that I am “biased”, and that’s that. As many other people, he only remembers stories that are “negative news” to whatever platform he likes and this feeling overpowers the good news that we post about that specific platform. It is so much easier, you see, to accuse an editor of false/biased reporting over a few articles than to open your mind to what’s happening around you without thinking like a XX zealot, or to simply also remember that the same editor wrote many good articles about that XX platform too. But people never remember the good/normal articles, they only remember whatever they read and happened to piss them off for one reason or another. People don’t understand that reporting is about reporting both the good and the negative news of an entity. That’s life: one day you get great news about a company, the next day you get an article that’s disregarding some of the same company’s aspects. But you got to report on both of them. And that’s what we do, but people only remember the negative ones.

Also, many think that OSNews is Slashdot and that everyone can comment whatever the hell they want, and so we would be critisized of “censorship” and “modding down posts we don’t agree with”, which is absolutely false. We have an obligation to the rest of our readers with some brain left in their heads to clean up the forums of crap comments, and so we do and we will continue to do so. If that’s what some will call censorship, by all means, these readers are free to go elsewhere and play. We won’t mind and we won’t care. On our own playground, we have our own rules that you either follow, or you won’t play: http://osnews.com/rules.php