The Egyptian government may have cut its people's broadband connections to the Internet, but the people are finding other ways to connect to the world.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications (IEEE Computer, ACM NetWorker, Byte) to business publications (eWEEK, InformationWeek, ZDNet) to popular technology (Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, PC World) to the mainstream press (Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek).
Turning off the Internet sounds like a big deal, and it is... in countries like the U.S. In places with only a handful of major Internet backbones, though, it's not that hard. Here's how it was done in Egypt.
First, Egypt blocked the social networks, now Egypt has blocked the Internet itself.
Maybe Facebook still isn't doing much for your privacy once you're on the site, but at least the social network is working on securing your Internet connection.
OK, so you're not a member of the Royal family, but are your mobile phone calls still in danger of being intercepted? Yes, yes you are.
Thanks to the push for privacy on the Web, Google is the first major Web browser company to offer an extension that will let you opt out of targeted ads.
Traffic management is great for getting the most from your network bandwidth, but it can be complicated to set up. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, though, it's easy to control which Websites get priority, and which can wait their turn.
So, you want the best possible 802.11n router for your home do you? Cisco thinks it has what you want in its new Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router.
Mind you, even though Facebook wants to be your Internet driver's license, the service is still insecure and it's continuing to tear at your privacy.
Dropbox, a popular cloud-based file system, may sound be working hand-in-hand with Google Docs.
Google explains more about its logic in supporting WebM and Ogg Theora codecs for the HTML5 video tag over H.264, but the Web video standard battle will only continue.
And, Google isn't moving against open-standards either. It's just video standard wars as usual.
On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai, and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour "test drive."
You can't sell GPL software on the Apple App Store, but you can do it on Google's Android App Store.
Scared of moving to IPv6, even though you know you have to move your network to it? NIST has help for you.