Jim Ducharme

Articles by Jim Ducharme

Swamping channel surfers

Last month, a newswire story crossed my desk which from a PR perspective was about as sharp as a bowling ball. Philips Electronics is patenting technology to prevent people from using their PVRs (Personal Video Recorders) to fast forward commercials. The move is akin to Exxon announcing a new technology which will reduce a car

Wardrivers, leeches and hackers…oh my!

About 10 years ago, I found myself getting a drive home with a friend and veteran shortwave radio hobbyist whose K car had more hardware than the Batmobile. With a home made directional antenna on the roof and lots of scanners, he was able to eavesdrop on cell phones and other wireless devices. The experience left a definite impression on me regarding how vulnerable wireless communications can be.

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