As my one reader has probably noticed, I haven’t kept up with my regular postings over the past month or so. Things have been changing for me lately.
First, if you have read my profile you know my college degree is in computer science. With my discovery of podcasting networks Revision3 and TWiT, my technolust has been reignited. Then a couple of weeks ago I found out that this Macbook Pro I have had sitting around the house has a wireless card that is capable of working passively. That means it can do stumbling. This meant I could go war driving. To clarify some terms:
1. Stumbling is like using the seek function on your car radio to see what radio stations are available wherever you happen to be driving at the time. The only difference being that instead of radio stations, they are wireless networks.
2. War driving is where you drive around and not only see the wireless networks that are out there, but also can use a GPS device to mark their location. You end up with a pretty map. The term war driving comes from war dialing, which is what Mathew Broderick does in the film WarGames when he calls all the number in Sunnyvale looking for that game companies computer and ends up with the WOPR.
So over the past few weeks, I have been war driving around my area and I’m shocked at the sheer number of networks even in my neck of the woods. The names of the networks can be hilarious. Here are some of my favorites:
FBI Surveillance Unit G3-416KH
Cooler Than Your Network
Tool Shed and Bat Cave
Down The Rabbit Hole
C-bass’s Sexy Ass Router
happy fun router
Death From Above
If your access point is called 2WIREXXX, where XXX is s three digit number, then please change the name to something creative. I am getting sick of seeing these SSID’s. That and assume that your network is as good as open if you are still using WEP. Seriously, it can be cracked inside of a minute sometimes. I mean someone could drive up for the first time and within a minute, crack the encryption. Bad!
Secondly, I have often lived as a hermit so when I actually went and saw The King’s Speech at my local dome theater on the 3rd, it was a big deal for me. Since then I have chopped off my ponytail and donated it to Locks Of Love (received their certificate of appreciation this morning). I also have started doing some volunteering at my city’s historical society.
I intend to keep posting and tweeting about film, but don’t be surprised if it is pretty irregular. Right now, things are changing for me and sometimes I need to spend the time I would watching a film on trying to get Apache, PHP, MySQL, and Drupal working together.