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April 18, 2008  9:46 AM

Wireshark helps you to determine if your ISP is throttling traffic



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, blog, commentary, controversy, downloads, event, forum, freeware, Internet, Networking, open source, tracking, traffic

Download Squad to the rescue! The popular and useful downloads blog from Weblogs Inc. posted about a utility that can help you monitor your own network.

April 10, 2008  10:23 AM

Video: Install and configure SNORT on an XP PC



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, downloads, free, howto, learning, open source, screencast, Security, tool, tutorial, useful, video, YouTube

In this video, the instructor goes through the process of downloading, installing and configuring Snort as a sniffer and an intrusion detection system on a Windows XP machine....


March 26, 2008  10:46 AM

Video: Creating fake SSIDs with FakeAP



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, authentication, communications, downloads, free, humor, Networking, open source, software, tool, video, wireless, YouTube

In the video below, Tmuster demonstrates how to create thousands of false SSIDs by using


March 19, 2008  4:38 PM

Video: Google Android talk in London



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, conference, design, Development, gadgets, interoperability, Mobile, open source, software development, YouTube

This video captured Dave Burke, an engineering manager within Google’s mobile team, at the Future of Mobile conference in London talking about Android and the


March 14, 2008  10:10 AM

Video: gOS installed on an old IBM Thinkpad.



Posted by: GuyPardon
buzz, cloud computing, command line, cool, desktop, open source, operating systems, video, YouTube

This video from a 15 year old UK student demonstrates a successful installation of gOS on a laptop nearing a decade of service. He installed some snark in his YouTube video notes as well, noting...


March 7, 2008  10:16 AM

Video: How to log into websites using OpenID



Posted by: GuyPardon
authentication, blogging, business, collaboration, community, cool, free, howto, interactive media, Internet, interoperability, learning, multimedia, open source, tool, trend, tutorial, useful, video, Web services, word meanings, YouTube

One of our newest definitions explains OpenID:

"OpenID is a decentralized single sign-on authentication system for the Internet. The goal of the OpenID initiative is to allow users to log in...


December 4, 2007  2:54 PM

Year in Review: ‘Tis the season for the top tech trends and tools of 2007



Posted by: GuyPardon
AJAX, Amazon, applications, backup, blog, buzzword, cloud computing, commentary, communications, culture, Development, downloads, e-cycling, green, hardware, humor, innovation, Internet, invention, listings, Mobile, nanotech, open source, resource, reviews, science, social publishing, telephony, tool, trend, Web 2.0, Web applications, Web services

Ah, December. The first real snow has fallen here in Boston, the malls are full of holiday shoppers and the blogosphere and pages of industry mags are full of annual summaries of the best and worst of the year in technology. We'll be coming out with our own most notable word of the year, as you'd...


June 26, 2007  11:14 AM

Sneakernets, removable storage and hassle-free file transfer methods



Posted by: GuyPardon
applications, backup, Bluetooth, collaboration, command line, cool, data, downloads, freeware, fundamentals, howto, Internet, lifehack, media, Mobile, MP3, music, network, open source, software, Storage, useful, wireless

One of WhatIs.com's faithful readers wrote in recently with a suggestion for a much-beloved IT sniglets...


June 5, 2007  9:39 AM

FireGPG: Encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify your gmail



Posted by: GuyPardon
downloads, email, free, freeware, Internet, messaging, open source, privacy, Security, software, useful

I've been using different online freemail ever since I left the comfort of my collegiate email account. Hotmail and Yahoo were the default options back in the mid-90s when I graduated and, for many years, despite the increasing spam, I stuck with them. When .Mac...


April 23, 2007  4:27 PM

Damn Small Linux: How low can a distro go?



Posted by: GuyPardon
crowdsourcing, freeware, Linux, open source, operating systems

We've long since defined Linux. We've gone on to note the various

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