BOSTON - It's Saturday and a roomful of people are advising each other on modifying their mobile devices, optimizing their GNU/Linux systems and organizing for software freedom. But it's not a room full of experts - at least not mostly. Artists, activists, students and others want the freedom to do anything they want with their computers and they're here to learn new tricks and garner shortcuts from each other.
The beginning of September is a busy time for Boston, with students moving in, and pretty much everyone else swapping apartments. If you got caught up in the moving mayhem and are setting up a wireless network in your new home, take a few minutes to follow this guide and make sure it's secure. I will discuss basic WiFi security and the most common misconceptions associated with it.
Comcast has announced that beginning October 1, they will institute a 250 GB monthly bandwidth cap for their high speed Internet customers. If you're a customer, you can now look forward to monitoring your bandwidth usage the way you do with cell phone minutes. Comcast insists the bandwidth cap is consistent with previous policies, and the publication of specific numbers is an attempt to clarify the policy for customers.
OS X's Spotlight feature is a great search tool, and is fast enough to use as a keyboard-based application launcher, but that's about where its usefulness ends. Quicksilver picks up the slack by allowing users to control nearly every aspect of their computer without ever touching their mouse. Once you use it, you'll wonder what you did without it. Read the review and tips after the jump.
Unless you've been living in a cave for the past two weeks (one without television or radio, Internet access, cell phone coverage, a newspaper subscription or friends who visit), you've heard about Apple's iPhone 3G and the App Store that accompanies it. Yes, the Steve Jobs has finally allowed users to download third party applications, and developers have the chance to get paid for their work. But is this worth the cost of creating a closed-software ecosystem in which Apple and, by proxy, AT&T have total control?
Monthly Mac Audit: Free up Your Disk Space Remove Useless Applications and Automatically Update Useful Ones
I'm a big geek, and as such, I spend a couple hours each month auditing my Mac: I free up disk space by deleting large files, remove applications I no longer use, and update those I do. Here, I'll review several utilities to help you perform such an audit quickly and with an economy of mouse clicks. Oh, and don't worry if you only do it once a year (like I said, I'm a big geek).
In this guide, I will briefly discuss the philosophy of peer-to-peer technologies, and review my favorite bittorrent clients and trackers, as well as a network security application called Peer Guardian. Read on if you're curious about bittorrent but have never tried it, or if you already use bittorrent but are concerned about privacy and security.
This past Tuesday, Mozilla set a new world record with more than 8 million downloads in just 24 hours. Firefox 3, Mozilla's open source web browser, offers improvements to memory management, a new bookmarks system, enhanced security features, and better operating system integration for Mac users.
If you belief that technology is an important tool the affect change, then the annual Grassroots Use of Technology Conference is the place for you. Join other like-minded folks on Saturday, June 28th (all day) in Lowell, MA to share ideas about how to more effectively use technology in your day-to-day fight for justice.
This year's theme is "Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate"; it focuses on the new technologies and organizing tools available for connecting organizers and their communities.
BOSTON - The following fragmentary communique reaches Open Media Boston from three of our key operatives who risked their lives yesterday evening to penetrate the so-called "Apple Store" on Boylston St. - otherwise known as the newest regional headquarters of the Apple Cult. As is well known by partisans of computer freedom everywhere, the goal of the cult is nothing less than total world domination.
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