FreeWifi: Steal my Bytes

I tend to get a a fair number of puzzled and paranoid stares when I let people know that I provide an open, free-for-all, uninhibited wireless network at home. This is usually followed by the “stealing of bandwidth” or “security” queries, which I brush over with an “I don’t care, maybe I’m a communist” comment because I’ve never bothered to build a justified argument. I simply believe that bandwidth should be as free as possible for everyone.

Fortunately Bruce Schneier has hit the nail on the head and put some juice behind my arguments with his Wired column “Steal This Wi-Fi”. I’m pretty sure I was aware of Mr Schneier’s sentiments in this regard before this column was published – I suspect it is mentioned in one of his books – and this was probably the inspiration for me to emulate this behaviour in my own home setup. Well worth the read – make no mistake, Bruce is a really smart guy.

Unlike me, living in a country with a scarcity of bandwidth is something Bruce probably does not have to contend with very much. This can dramatically increase the cost of the “theft” of bandwidth, but at the same time this is strongly contested by arguing for the increased value of providing free access in a bandwidth-poor country.

Link to article.

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Weekly Browsing Wrap-Up

So here’s the best of my week in browsing:

Messages from the Sports Racers – an online community built around The Show with Ze Frank. Some heartfelt goodbyes as Ze draws to the end of his year of videoblogging.

Blade Runner – Wired Magazine’s profile of Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter from Pretoria, South Africa, who is on pace to run the 200- and 400-meter sprints fast enough to earn a spot on South Africa’s Olympic team. That’s Olympic(!!), not Paralympic…

The LapDawg – a revolutionary, ergonomic, portabls and easy to use laptop desk which they won’t ship to South Africa. (Believe me, I asked)

George Lange’s 2006 Portfolio – Creative photographic genius. (Via: Strobist)

The Lulu Blooker Prize, where our very own (as in South African) Tertia Albertyn’s “So Close” Book/Blog is one of the finalists. This is BIG. She stands alongside the likes of Seth Godin and Post Secret for this one.

Desktop Tower Defense. Not easy this one, and it will suck up your Friday arvie if you’re not careful.

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