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Tom, you’re an arsehole

Well happy New Year to you too….

Today I’m just back from a great Christmas break and eager to get moving on bringing 2bscene (and other projects) to another level this year. A short break does wonders for the body and mind. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in work and lie in the trenches when you’re busy, but the break helps rejuvenate your brain and start thinking of how to improve things to give an even better level of service.

After sifting through hundreds of emails though, one email caught my eye from a guy calling himself Daithi Boyce. I tried to make sense of it by adding a bit of grammar….:

tom ur an asshole. not only did you do a great deal. well didnt fuckin help with the starview boxs s with all your shite on the net. now you telling people about netopia routers your a fucking killjoy. i suppose youve loads of fucking money to buy what you want. not like all other people i leave mine unsecured so they can use as they wish but id say your either locked up to the hilt or too greedy to use the net at home. id fucking love it if i knew how to fuck up your site but id say some1 will the way things are going. regards you greedt prick
signed daithi

Well Happy New Year to you too Daithi, I really don’t understand how I’ve annoyed you. Do you think it’s ok to steal services from providers just because you can or that it’s too expensive? Well I personally don’t. But I do agree with you that it’s not fair that these services are not affordable for everyone. But only by getting people to talk with their money will change this.

Since the Starview boxes have stopped working, most people I know that had one have moved on to Sky. It’s a cheaper and better service than the one provided by NTL. I’m sure that once NTL start noticing this trend, they will start to think of providing a better, cheaper service.

In relation to Eircom‘s routers… If you look at the statistics of this site – most people find this site looking for ways to hack eircom’s routers – not to prevent themselves from being hacked. While the NTL situation only affected the corporate company, the Eircom situation is much different. It’s completely wrong for an unsuspecting person to have to pay for someone who logs on to their network uninvited and racks up a bill for that person because they didn’t know they were susceptible to this hack. I don’t have loads of money as you think, so the thought of me being hacked and someone exceeding my bandwidth limit frigthens the hell out of me… it’s not cheap!!!!

In saying all that – you just have to visit any suburban housing estate in Dublin and I’m sure you’ll find there are still hundreds (if not thousands) of open Eircom routers still vulnerable to the attack mentioned on this blog.

So you can continue with your one man crusade in taking down my website, I do however have your ip address, email address and your name if such an unlikely event takes place….

Happy New Year! :)

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UPC / NTL launch new encryption to beat the hackers

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UPC (Formerly NTL) have finally launched their new encryption to prevent illegal access to their service. Forums are buzzing with discussions on the latest move by UPC to once and for all eradicate the pirates who use their service for free with the so called “Dodgy Boxes”.

Whether they’ve moved to Nagravision 2 or 3 is so far unclear, but most of the people on the afterdawn forum aren’t holding out much hope for a “fix” to compromise this latest encryption.

According to the forums, MUTV and the Adult Channels are the ones that have been hit first. They also suggest that over the next few days, people using Starviews, Eurovox’s or any other dodgy box will slowly see their channels disappear.

If I worked for UPC, I would so far count this as a huge success as users of the forums seem to have given up any hope of there ever being a fix. Well done you!

But I imagine a lot of people will begin to change over to Sky now as it’s a much better offering!

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The Box Super USB Review

I got a chance to have a look at another one of these so called “dodgy boxes” the other day. The latest and greatest offering from the the Starview creators is The Box Super USB.

My instant reaction when I saw it being turned on was the huge improvement in the graphics and interface. It really has come along way from the first Starview box. Additionally, with it came a USB stick, branded with The Box logo which can be inserted into the newly added USB port of The Box for backing up channel data and of course doing firmware updates.

The firmware update is a million times easier than the laborious R232 cable scenario. You simply copy the files from your computer to the USB stick, insert it in the USB port on The Box, hit menu, go to USB and select the file that you’ve just copied. It updates in seconds and no need for wires everywhere!

The Box Super offers the pause live TV and record functions that a lot of other devices are offering now. I unfortunately didn’t see this in action as the external HDD didn’t work with it for some reason. From what I’ve heard, unlike the Eurovox, it has two tuners, so you can view one channel whilst recording another.

Other than that it does all the usual stuff. Is it worth the upgrade? I would have to say yes, for sure!

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Starview / The Box missing channels

Ever since I posted a review on The Starview / The Box this site gets at least 300 unique visits a day for starview related queries.

Since I’m no expert on the subject, I avoid answering any questions and simply leave the comments to grow as long as there is nothing illegal going on.

One question that I’ve got a lot of personal emails on recently is how to get missing channels back on The Box. Apparently Channel 4 and Sky 1 have disappeared.

So if you are looking to get these channels back, you should check out David McGettigans Blog, in particular his post on the latest channel dump for Dublin – http://www.davidmcgettigan.com/?p=169

I hope this helps all those who have been in touch! :)

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