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
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.