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View from my ‘office’

Sadly, this is just for a few weeks…

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failed US broadband policy – excellent lecture by Larry Lessig

There is a good article over at PCWorld titled Why America’s Telecom System Stinks. It refers to a lecture by Larry Lessig which you can view in its entirety here. The first 25 minutes or so deal with broadband policy. … Continue reading

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Patent Absurdity: how software patents broke the system

The Free Software Foundation has funded a documentary about the folly of software patents, titled Patent Absurdity: how software patents broke the system. The film is available in Ogg Theora format. If you have a modern browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc) … Continue reading

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apparently some EU telecoms are just as greedy and stupid as their US counterparts

It seems Telefónica, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom all think that somehow, they should get paid twice for the internet bandwidth they provide to their end-user customers. An article in the Financial Times quotes leadership from those three companies saying … Continue reading

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Google’s ultra fast fiber network

Google has announced it is going to build a real broadband network in the US, to test ultra-high speed applications and networks. They intend to provide service to at least 50,000 and possibly up to 500,000 people. It will be … Continue reading

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CF iPod conversion to FAT32

In order to install Rockbox on an iPod, it needs to be formatted in FAT32, not HFS+. The relevant wiki page over at the Rockbox site suggest either connecting the iPod to an iTunes install on Windows, or using one … Continue reading

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Google bike hack

My biggest problem with exercising is how boring it is. Enter the Google bike hack which allows you to ‘cycle’ through Google maps. Awesome idea. Link via Hack a day.

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creative wiring

I’ve never understood why it is common in the US to run power, telephone and cable on poles, rather than underground. Particularly so in areas with much more extreme weather than the part of Europe that I’m from – where … Continue reading

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DRAC5 source code available for download

Dell’s DRAC5 is based on free software. The source has been rumored to be available but hard to find – until today, when this helpful e-mail popped up on the linux-poweredge list. Here’s the link to an ISO with the … Continue reading

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