Yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal had an interesting article about piggybacking whereby computer users use someone else’s unprotected wireless Internet connections.
For the most part, piggybackers don’t consider the practice stealing. And most piggybackees weren’t too worried about it either, other than the few who noted that it could potentially slow their access speed.
But Brian Lisse, owner of Madison Computer Works, 353 Island Drive, said that’s not the half of it.
“If someone is using your ISP (Internet service provider) to do something illegal, like kid pornography, drug deals, terrorism, whatever, the FBI will come beating on your door,” Lisse said. “That’s the biggest danger. You’re leaving it open for others to use.”
“You better hope the guy next door isn’t using your connection for something illegal,” Lisse said.
The article goes on to list Wireless networks found throughout Madison.
Do you Skype? Skype (rhymes with “type”) is a proprietary peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network. Basically, it allows you to call people for free using your computer to connect to theirs.
SkypeOut is a paid feature, which allows Skype users to call virtually any non-computer-based landline or mobile telephone in the world. Read more at Wikipedia.
Today, any registered Skype user can claim 10 minutes of Skype Credit today and try SkypeOut for free.
If you set up an account and want someone to test call, my Skype name is “bshucha.” You can tell me what you think about WisBlawg!
In any relationship there is a fine line between reminding and nagging. When does too much of the former turn into the latter? Are you once, twice, three times a nagger? I’m sure that my husband and I would disagree.
But will he (and you) remember to do things without a few gentle “reminders”? Not to worry – now he can sign up for his own e-nagging service called HassleMe. Simply enter your email, what you want to be reminded of, and how often.
Popular hassles include:
– Go to the gym roughly every 4 days
– Write an entry in my diary roughly every 3 days
– Call your mother roughly every 7 days
– Go to the theatre roughly every 21 days
Some Gmail (Google email) users now have access to nifty new tool – an embedded chat client. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made its way to my Gmail account just yet. But, according to SearchEngineWatch, it’s pretty sweet.
For those visual learners like me, check out the Gmail chat help for an enlargement of the image below.