Laws and the Internet

Finally, I hope to actually give some content.

I believe that laws have no right on the internet. Individual sites have the right to store what they want about you, and block you, but the internet should not be governed by laws of any kind, especially not the ones of the servers’ location(s). If governments want to set up their own lines for their own networks, they have that right, and the right to prosecute those who hack it, but HTTP protocol should remain the people’s (and the robots’). If two people want to have an email conversation, then anyone who can intercept the line should be able to listen in.

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM…

We all hate spam. I know there are many blog posts about this, so I’ll try to be short. A good site for statistics on spam is here. On that same site, I found the US laws about spam. That brings me to another point: law and the internet. but I’ll touch on that later. I’ve found the best spam filter to be the one that Gmail has. Read the rest of this entry »

Gmail down

Gmail went down for the majority of its tens of millions of users on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. The Boston Globe’s story is available here, and a Google News search for “gmail” returns many valuable results, at least for now. When I was affected, I thought that one of my labs features had broken, until I found others experienced it, too. Gmail said that it took some servers down for routine repair, and underestimated the additional load on other servers. The Gmail team was alerted of the problem within seconds, but had to continue the maintenance. Google’s report is here. Read the rest of this entry »

Router Security

To log in to most routers, open a browser window and enter 192.168.1.1 in the browser bar (if that doesn’t work, try 192.168.0.1). Here is a picture of the login screen on a Verizon router:  verizon router login menu
Unless it has been previously set, most routers have a username and password of admin. Once logged into your router, it should look vaguely like this:verizon router main menu If your username/password was admin/admin, I suggest changing it to something else to enhance security. Other things that you can do on some routers is to look at who is online, block certain people, and edit the firewall. Some other things you can do are to see your IP and change what you log on to (for example, you could make the router 192.168.6.1).