Monday, May 07, 2007

On an Unrelated Note...

Remember the good old days when no one knew how to secure their wireless network? You didn't need internet because you could jump on your neighbors' connection. No one cared; really, it cost your neighbor nothing to let you share.

These days my network list is filled with those little lock icons. I'm paying monopolistic Comcast a ridiculous $60 a month for high-speed internet access. Nobody wants to share their connection. I've seen the rise of vindictive WEP'ing. For example, one of my neighbors' network is called "Don't Even Try it Jess." A friend of mine had a roommate who didn't pay for wireless because she "never uses it." When my friend caught her on it, he changed his WEP and renamed the network, "You Never Use It."

7 comments:

Bzzzz said...

The network name is actually closer to "goaheadtryitagainsucka," the network name is no longer broadcasted, and this person who shall remain nameless blocked the roommate's MAC address.

I think for a number of these networks you also have to consider the fact that the wireless routers that are shipped with WEP on by default. It benefits the internet provider more than anyone else. If there was a way to work it out communally - people paying a portion of the bill instead of freeloading off what I have to spend money on- I'd be all for it. The problem is that certain individuals feel entitled to get the internet for free instead of on the cheap.

Lawyerlike said...

I'm not sure its entitlement, it's the internet-borne addiction to subversion. If there are ways to get music, movies, and tv shows for free, why not the method by which it is also provided. The internet is an app for misapplication.

Bzzzz said...

good point, but with the particular individual involved, it is an entitlement issue.

Me said...

That's so true about the ISP benefiting the most from encryption.

I think fears (and sensationalist news reports) about snooping and phishing have motivated people to encrypt too.

Anonymous said...

Something coincidental happened with my network name. Naming policies.

Maria M. said...

At my apt there is a wireless network called "Free Internet." And another one "NotTodaySucka." ah well...

RaisondeBlog said...

it's rough when someone forces a denotation on you, when you actually meant the connotation. Never can also mean, every once in a blue moon.

puts his poetic license back into his pocket.