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No to Belkin [Nov. 8th, 2003|01:35 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Holy crap:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/69/33858.html

And yeah, I know this has been linked elsewhere, but I must do my part in spreading this news so nobody buys any more Belkin products.

We need open-source hardware designs. Then some manufacturers who just sell nice plastic cases for things.... "kits". Or pre-constructed kits with manuals, too. With Linux running on tons of little inexpensive FPGAs and stuff, it seems plausible at least.

But I guess the market should adjust too, right? I mean, people are dumb and tolerant, but only to a certain extent. It should bite Belkin in the ass. One would hope. There should always be a cool company out there, not doing the jack-ass thing... ?
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From: madrid73
2003-11-08 02:51 pm (UTC)

How about you?

We hear a lot about computers - is there anything else? You must have other thoughts? Even a weak joke would be better than nothing.

Cheers,

Alex
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-11-08 02:54 pm (UTC)

Re: How about you?

Maybe once LiveJournal has category support. :-)

Umm.... I helped my girlfriend move out of her apartment and in to her parent's house the other day.
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[User Picture]From: denshi
2003-11-08 03:21 pm (UTC)

Re: How about you?

That sounds like a bit of a downgrade.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2003-11-08 03:35 pm (UTC)

Re: How about you?

There was a day every other post was about getting ice tea or a slurpee...guess life gets more complicated as you go along.

peace!
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From: billemon
2003-11-08 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hopefully one day we might get open source software running on the routers. :)
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2003-11-08 03:38 pm (UTC)
Belkin is dumb, everyone wants to leverage stupid users into market share...sad.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2003-11-08 05:34 pm (UTC)
I think that if they brought back the old "Heathkit" type projects for computer stuff, it would be a total seller with all the computer geeks.. I know that i'd think running off of a router/switch that I soldered together myself would be cool.

Problem is that now things aren't using the physically large capacitors and resistors that the old heathkits used for ham radio stuff, etc.. It would be too hard to solder together... Never know though..
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2003-11-09 01:10 am (UTC)
Linksys has several products (including wireless access points/routers) that run Linux internally. The source for the GPL'ed stuff can be grabbed from http://www.linksys.com/support/gpl.asp.

I'd be tempted to hack up nEXGeN's new access point, but I'm afraid if I screw up the firmware, there won't be a way to restore the firmware to a working version.

I was thinking about writing a "Belkin sucks" entry this morning. I have other reasons to hate them, too. I purchased one of their USB bluetooth devices, which they provide NO driver updates for. It wouldn't be so bad if the drivers weren't buggy, but they are.

To make matters worse, they don't write their own drivers. Almost every USB device uses the Widcomm Bluetooth drivers. Other manufacturers have the latest releases of these drivers. However, you can't just download the drivers from another manufacturer's site. Each driver download contains a license file with the allowed USB vendor/device IDs, so while the TDK driver would technically work for my Belkin device, it doesn't.

The part that really angers me is that Belkin recently released a newer version of their bluetooth devices, WITH THE CURRENT DRIVERS. But alas, you can't use the current drivers they provide on their own, older devices (due to the license file).

The situation with bluetooth drivers is so bad now that people (including me) are hacking out the license check just so they can have semi-stable drivers. I wound up using a hacked version of Belkin's newest drivers.
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