21 March 2003
And now for no words from our sponsors: Ads pulled from TV war slots. Advertisers withdraw from news programmes, with ITV's News at Nine running for the first time since September 11 without a single ad break. [Guardian Unlimited]
12:43:21 PM  #   your two cents []

More on Apple's Airport and DSL: In my quest to create a wireless network that puts my Dell PC on the network as well as my new Mac G4 12" laptop, a pal (and the whizziest Mac whiz I know) emails me thusly:

The router/ethernet schools shouldn't really be an issue... The airport base station is a router. There's a socket to plug in an ethernet DSL modem, and a socket to link machines by ethernet, as well as by wireless. It can route out to the WAN link (ethernet connected DSL modem, or switch, or other router), or the modem (which doubles as a super handy dial in PPP server if you need access to your home network from somewhere), (not to mention the extremely handy USB print server...).

There're two problems. 1) connect the wireless network to the DSL connection. 2) make the PC part of the network. Solving the 2nd involves getting either an ethernet card or a wifi card for the PC. Options for using the DSL connection wirelessly are:

* connect the base station to an ethernet DSL modem, and the clients to the basestation wirelessly or via ethernet. adv: the "right" way. doesn't require both machines to be on. allows more machines to access things trivially later. gives you all of airport features. dis: involves expensive new modem.

* connect the USB modem to one machine, enable internet connection sharing on it, connect to internet from either machine, as long as the one connected to the modem is on... adv: cheaper (in equipment) dis: opens sharing machine to attack, ESB non-trivial...

* abandon the whole wireless thing and plug in the modem when needed. adv: none dis: completely misses point.

That might help others in the same boat and clarify some of the capabilities of the Airport. It's a router! Cool!

10:09:40 AM  #   your two cents []
Chief Executive Is Leaving a Battered Electronic Data. Electronic Data Systems, battered by earnings shortfalls and questions about its accounting, replaced Richard H. Brown, its chief, with Michael H. Jordan, former chairman of CBS. [New York Times: Technology]
9:41:31 AM  #   your two cents []
Lessig: "One reply, from the representatives of the Kinks, demanded $10,000 for permission to reprint the line 'help me, help me, help, me sail away' from the song 'Sunny afternoon.'" [Scripting News]
9:40:08 AM  #   your two cents []
Watch the economists at play!! Though this is pretty darn funny too... (make sure you click on both Blair and Bush!).
9:28:16 AM  #   your two cents []
Jerome K. Jerome. "I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours." [Quotes of the Day]
9:25:04 AM  #   your two cents []
Today's good news: Bush plan to exploit Alaskan oil thwarted. President Bush's plans for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska have been defeated. [Guardian Unlimited]
9:22:55 AM  #   your two cents []

Leaving the rest of us speechless...:

CLEVELAND - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia banned broadcast media from his speech yesterday at the City Club, where he received the organization's Citadel of Free Speech Award. Television reporters were allowed to see him accept the award before his remarks, but the justice did not take any questions from reporters. The City Club usually tapes speakers for later broadcast on public television, but Scalia insisted on banning television and radio coverage of his speech, the club said. ''I might wish it were otherwise, but that was one of the criteria that he had for acceptance,'' said James Foster, the club's executive director. (AP)

You couldn't make it up.

9:21:24 AM  #   your two cents []