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Daily News Round #1 for October 22, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for October 22, 2004

By Steve Dougherty | Oct 22, 2004 01:06 am CDT

- Gigabyte's SmartSetup3 - Media Kits

Gigabyte have kindly passed on documented materials explaining the technology behind their "SmartSetup3 v2.1" wireless networking setup software. The software basically provides an easy to follow step-by-step process (A wizard if you will) for setting up and configuring a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) enabled wireless network. Anyone who's tried the painstaking process of implementing a WPA enabled wireless network for the first time would tell you just how easy it is to go wrong or get confused and give up. The media kits consist of two files, a hefty sized but in-depth powerpoint presentation (weighing in at 5.05mb), and aso an introductory PDF formatted article.

Chances are, your wireless network is NOT secure. Even if you've enabled WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption, the flaws in that standard are well documented, and hackers can break WEP easily. You have heard all about the more secure WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access™), but it's just too difficult to setup with most wireless routers, so you do like most people - leave your wireless network open and vulnerable. There must be an easier way to setup a new wireless network, and configure WPA all at once. There is. SmartSetup 3.

- Keychain Remote Control Turns Off Most TVs

This little keychain gadget could start a punchup in no time if you feel the need to get on the wrong side of someone. Since the "TV-B-Gone" device was officially announced, it's been selling like hotcakes with thousands of people loving the idea of being able to turn TV's off anywhere you please.. be it at an airport, hotel, restaurant, i'm sure many are being rather 'creative' with them. I'd love to see the chaos involved (from quite a distance I might add) with a pack of drunken firey fellows completely absorbed by the Super Bowl game at the local bar, in conjunction with the TV-B-Gone sitting in someone's pocket. Gold Jerry, Gold.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A lot of people love television but apparently some people have had enough of it, too. A new keychain gadget that lets people turn off most TVs - anywhere from airports to restaurants - is selling at a faster clip than it would take most people to surf the channels on their boob tubes.

"I thought there would just be a trickle, but we are swamped," the inventor, Mitch Altman of San Francisco, said Monday in an interview. "I didn't know there were so many people who were into turning TV off."

- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Mushkin LIIV2 Dual Channel 1GB CL2 PC3200 @ GideonTech
- Corsair TwinX21024 XMS2 PC5400 Pro @ Legion Hardware
- Crucial Ballistix 1GB (2x512) PC3200 DDR Modules @ Controlled-Insanity
- AMD patents Peltier cooler on chip @ The Inquirer
- Intel releases new leader of Pentium M pack @
- NVIDIA nTune and NVidia Nforce 6.11 Leaked @ Warp2Search
- Graphics comparison chart updated @ Tech Report
- Crucial Ballistix and Kingston HyperX PC3200 Low-Latency Memory @ CoolTechZone

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