Sometimes you just have to wonder what the hell they were thinking. Belkin has put in a “feature” in the latest revs of their router firmware that will redirect a valid http request (i.e., you going to any website) to an ad on Belkin’s site for a Parental Control service.
Except it’s not an ad, according to Belkin. It’s an “opportunity” for the less tech-savvy users who might not otherwise know about the service. It only looks like an ad because it’s easy to use. Let’s all take a quiet moment to reflect on the state of mind that could lead to that statement.
I don’t currently own any Belkin products, and after this debacle I never will.
Note to all companies selling networking products: Never ever redirect my traffic. This kind of behavior falls squarely in the Evil category.
Music: You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl) by The White Stripes
Posted Saturday, 08 November, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.