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Software USB On the ESP8266
Sunday, 04 September 2016 10:01

A while back, [cnlohr] needed a USB keyboard and mouse. His box ‘o junk didn’t hold this particular treasure, and instead of hopping on Amazon like a normal geek or venturing into the outside realm on a mid-level ‘store’ quest like a normal person, [cnlohr] decided to turn an ESP8266 into a USB keyboard and mouse. How hard could it be? The ESP doesn’t support USB, but bitbanging hasn’t stopped him before. The end result is a USB stack running on the ESP8266 WiFI module.

[cnlohr] has been working for about a month on this USB implementation for the …read more

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:09

Vodafone is withdrawing its free legacy Demon email service and is giving customers the choice of either moving their addresses to another, paid-for service or losing them altogether.

The operator has struck a deal with NamesCo that allows customers to transfer their accounts for £30 per year. Previously the legacy Demon service allowed an unlimited number of email accounts per domain.

One customer got in touch to complain of the costs. He said: "Vodafone should accept ongoing responsibility for the Demon domain names that underpin those identities."

Demon Internet was one of the UK's earliest ISPs, offering dial-up internet access

NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:59

nbn TM , the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has delivered a pretty dull set of annual results.

The headline numbers are straightforward: there are now 1.1 million active customers (compared to 486,000 last year), and ready-for-service premises hit 2.9 million.

Revenue is up to AU$421 million, and average-revenue-per-user (ARPU) is $43 per month (up seven per cent).

Losses have also risen because of the capex needed to build the network and because of rising subscriber costs.

For the first time, the company has broken out its subscriber costs, which it say were $193 million in financial

EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 05:46

With a US court having recently overturned the FCC's attempts to push for municipal broadband networks, online activists are readying their own campaign.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is putting its weight behind efforts to overturn or amend state laws that restrict cities from building their own broadband networks to compete with incumbent cable and phone companies operating in their area.

Such networks have become a hotly-contested issue between the cities, large telcos, and the FCC. The telcos argue that the muni networks are an unneeded incursion by the government into private business, and point to laws in some states

Nerd-Bait: ESP8266 + ILI9341 Screen
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:10

In honor of my-own-damn-self, we’re going to call it Elliot’s Law: “When any two interesting parts get cheap enough on eBay, someone will make an interface PCB for them.”

And so it is with [Johan Kanflo]’s latest bit of work: a PCB that mounts an ESP8266 module onto the back of an ILI9341 color display, with user button, power supply, and an auxiliary MOSFET. Four bucks for the screen, four bucks for the ESP8266 module, and a few bucks here and there on parts and PCB, and you’ve got an Internet-enabled, full-color, 320×240 graphical display. That’s pretty awesome, and …read more

Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:08

The new communications spokesperson of Australia's opposition Labor has made a mess of her first foray into the portfolio.

New comms shadow Michelle Rowland's parliamentary CV suggests she's got the experience for the job: she was shadow assistant comms spokesperson and has spent two stints on the standing parliamentary committee overseeing Australia's National Broadband Network.

But in this canned statement she's marked herself out as either an opportunist populist or ignorant of important portfolio issues.

Rowland's release opens with “The latest Netflix ISP Speed Index demonstrates the need for a proper National Broadband Network.” That finds that Australian internet service

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