Daily Archives: January 19, 2006

Wireless networks are all around me

I got home this evening, opened my laptop, and instead of connecting to my home wireless network, Access Connections roamed me onto another network. I was pretty surprised that there was an unsecured wireless network in the vicinity. I live in a small block of flats. Scanning for networks, I discovered four others, two of which had public names, and one of those had encryption disabled and no security. Not only that, but the router had no password enabled. Clearly I didn't do anything to harm the network, instead I quickly got Access Connections to connect to my own network (no name advertised – check; high encryption – check; secure – check; strong passwords set – check).

I'm now in a bit of a quandary as to how to proceed. People tend to come and go around here, I don't know everyone in the block, and I don't know who this network belongs to – the network name doesn't give anything away. Do I put up a sign on the noticeboard to tell people to check their wireless security? – surely that's alerting anyone who walks through the hallway that there is bandwidth waiting to be grabbed. Do I knock on the front door of every flat asking if they have a wireless network that I can help them to configure? Or just leave it?

Why isn’t DB2 more popular?

There's a great article on The Register today talking about the profile of DB2. Did you know that the largest OLTP databases in the world are hosted on DB2?

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Today on IBM developerWorks…

Making an early start to my blogging today, I'd like to draw attention to a couple of the latest articles on developerWorks:

  1. Hursley superstar James Taylor has an article on Verifying WebSphere Message Broker V6 without using the toolkit. Thanks for the acknowledgement, James – I checked through some of the scripts included in this article at an earlier stage, it should be a very useful article if you have just installed WMB v6.
  2. Krishnakumar Balachandar has an article on Using WebSphere MQ with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. This is a topic I've been following for some time, so it is particularly nice to see the labs putting out some material on this. This makes WAS CE an ideal platform for building web applications to interact with an existing WebSphere MQ or Message Broker infrastructure.

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