Monthly Archives: June 2005

Mapping (again)

Not content with playing with World Wind (referenced in an earlier post), I see now that Keyhole are offering a commercial version of the same technology – or at least very similar technology. Google bought Keyhole last year, so they now have some mighty computing resources behind them.

Keyhole wins on ease of use (faster, less interruptions while pulling down map data, usually faster downloads courtesy of Google’s impressive servers) and scope (more aerial maps of more cities) but loses a bit on general detail – planet-level maps are only down to a resolution of 1 Km or so, while World Wind gets down to 30m outside the big cities.

Also, the interface for moving around the globe seems slightly more refined with World Wind – I kept finding Ireland was upsidedown when I rotated the globe in Keyhole, and rarely had that problem with World Wind.

Keyhole is $30/year subscription (7 day free trial) and given that the maps are being continually updated, this is probably good value. Worth a look at the very least…

Update: It looks like Google have re-branded this now as Google Earth, free for personal use!

Wall-based laptops

Here’s a useful link from a friend (thanks, Kevin!)

A nice look at the steps needed to convert that old laptop into a neat wall-mounted photo/art display.

Cracking WEP in 10 minutes

Tdoday’s edition of Jon’s Radio pointed me towards an entertaining screencast which shows just how easy it is to attack a wireless network protected using WEP.

The screencast is at

and it’s well worth a look (no audio required). WEP may be better than no security at all, but only if no one can be bothered to take the trouble to defeat it.