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Lets Talk about TOR.


Much kudos to the OperaTor people for putting this “No, you’re not totally anonymous,” message at the startup page for the recently released OperaTor Browser. Here’s why TOR matters.

The thing is, TOR is an incredibly useful too for defeating proxies, getting around firewalls, and making your IP address a relatively meaningless way of keeping tabs on your web behavior.  If you use the Internet and you value freedom, you need to familiarize yourself with TOR. If you want to read a really incredible discussion about tor, and I’m serious, it’s really incredible, you need to listen to Security Now Episodes 69, 70, 71 and 72. Here’s a link to Steve Gibson’s awesome Security Now page at 

So far my experience with OperaTor has been very satisfactory. In fact, I used it several times at work today to research the TOR project in general for this article. (Work blocks me from viewing webpages regarding “proxy defeating” or something like that. Don’t matter, really.)

The thing is, a desire to be anonymous does not automatically imply that there is something to hide. The desire to be anonymous, at least for me, only implies that I don’t want your shit all up in my grill. If you’ll pardon the expression.

Anyway, if near anonymity is something you desire, and you have 30MB worth of space on some kind of a portable drive, you could do worse than to give OperaTor a try.

Nintendo WiFi Connection Blues

Well, look at this. It turns out my 1999-era wifi router, the one that runs my network, affectionately named “Slowand Broken,” is one of the routers on Nintendo’s lists of “routers that don’t work so good with Nintendo WFC.”

It has been our experience that this router typically requires specific changes to be made on the Wii console in order to have a stable connection to our online services.

This is sad. But surmountable—it simply requires a manual configuration. I mean, God forbid I upgrade to a router made within the last 10 years.