I’m currently living in Asia but do business with people in the Untied States. I often find myself needing a way to quickly and easily send/receive files to and from my clients — many of whom are not technically savvy. I used to use FTP for this purpose but sometimes this method is clunky and confusing to the recipient. I recently found a tool called iSendr that allows me to quickly setup a peer-to-peer file transfer over the Internet. That’s right, it’s P2P so you don’t upload files to a foreign server.Â Instead, you use the iSendr website to create an HTTP link that your recipient then uses to download the file directly from your computer over the Internet. No logins are required and there is no software to download. The link to your P2P file access can also be password protected (recommended) if you are concerned of people attempting to access the unique URL advertising your P2P share.
Network World recently posted an article stating that a researcher at Air Tight Security found a vulnerability in WPA2 Enterprise encryption. They are referring to the vulnerability as hole 196 because the vulnerability was discovered on page 196 of the 802.11 IEEE standard. Keep in mind that WPA2 is regarded as the most secure Wireless encryption method available today. So this is big, big news. Right? Well, maybe not.
In this post, I will compare Internet speed tests for three different Internet broadband connections I’ve had the opportunity to use in Thailand. If you are going to be in Thailand, hopefully this comparison will help you to make a decision on which Internet broadband provider to choose. Of the three services tested, one utilizes a mobile wireless system that uses GSM Edge to connect to the Internet. The other two are standard ADSL services from competing companies in Thailand. All of the tests were performed using the same laptop, at approximately the same time of day. Tests were performed withing 5 KM of each other in Chiang Rai Thailand.
As a writer, it pains me to say this, but written language is one of the worst forms of communication available. It’s so difficult to write something that is supposed to convey a message to many people. The reason for this difficulty, is simply that we all think differently. The same words can mean completely different things to people. And since written languages are (mostly) static in nature, if a reader doesn’t understand something, they are quite simply SOL.
The same holds true for the web. Searching for topics based on words is very difficult to do. In fact, we have to often times train our brains to say: “if I were writing about subject X, what words would I use?”. If you are wrong, you either have to continue trying keywords that may or may not be correct or simply give up your search.
A few hours ago news sources reported that Apple Inc. released a statement saying they will have a news conference on Friday to discuss the reported iPhone 4 problems that seem to be affecting a small percentage of users in the form of poor antenna reception. There are many people guessing as to what Apple might do to rectify the problem. My guess is that they’ll bend over backwards to show that they stand behind their customers. Even if it costs them a fortune, a show of goodwill at this critical point can result in a goldmine down the road. But instead of speculating on what Apple will do, I want to focus on the angry mob of bleeding edge buyers.
I love reading. I probably read more than the average person. I spend hours reading both computer technical books and books for entertainment. When I first came to Thailand, one thing I had to really get used to is the lack of reading paper books. There are many bookstores but few have a large selection of English print titles. Back home in the States, I had a fairly large library of technical booksâ€¦mostly Cisco Press and Sybex books on networking. My fiction reading was mostly quenched by going to a Barnes & Noble or Boarders book storeâ€¦or to the Chicago Public library off of State and Congress when I lived there.
I’ve had to do a decent amount of web design work as of late.Â I am a Cisco network engineer by trade but as with any tech geek, I dabble in all kinds of areas.Â I enjoy web design but often do not have the time to build a site from scratch.Â That being said, I many times look at tools to help the design process whether it be Adobe Dreamweaver or RapidWeaver or blog building sites such as Blogger or WordPress.Â Now I can add one more tool to that list.Â It’s an application that I’ve actually had for many years but never knew I had it.Â It’s called iWeb and it comes free with the Mac OS X operating system.Â The latest version that ships with OS X 10.6 is iWeb ’09 Add this one to the many excellent apps that Apple includes with it’s OS.Â I’ve used several of the other free apps in the past including iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand.Â For some reason, I never even seen the iWeb icon or name.Â I guess it sounded too generic for it to register in my brain.
I frequently travel through Asia on 48+ hour trips with no hotel stay. I sleep on the bus or plane. At first, these long trips were difficult for me because I had to use my gadgets carefully, trying to conserve battery power. I would also instinctively try to seek out a place to plug in my iPod and two iPhone’s. Living my life constantly worried about battery life is no way to live. Sure, I have a Macbook Pro that boasts 8-9 hours of life. But let’s be honest, it’s more like 6 hours…which is still fantastic but ultimately still limiting. Plus, as soon as you plug in an iPod or iPhone, it drains much of the Macbook Pro’s battery. I badly needed an alternative.