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Recently, I have been trying to figure out how to keep the laptops in our office from grabbing an ip address on the wireless connection when they are plugged into the local lan, thus grabbing two ip addresses, not to mention the security implications. Now, one would think this would’ve been something that would have been thought of early on and included in the operating system, or, at the very least, something you could do with group policy on a domain controller. Nope, at least, as far as I have been able to tell. I’m still a little hopeful that I might be able to figure out some registry keys to change, once I find a better registry monitor than the one I have, maybe I will figure it out.
It is very easy on most laptops to turn off the wireless connection, such as hitting the function key and F2 on Dell laptop, but who wants to rely on users pressing a key or key combinations every time they login to our network, so, an it has to automatically happen when you dock your laptop or plug in an Ethernet cable. Below I am outlining what I did to make it happen on several different laptops, the ones we actually use in the office. Good thing wireless networks don’t get too finicky and work with most Telephone Systems International. Click on the image to see the larger size.
Dell laptops with a Dell wireless adapter in them are very easy to disable when connected to a wired network, on the adapter there is a setting called “Disable Upon Wired Connect”, all you have to do is go into device manager, find the network adapter and double click it and go to the advanced tab. Enable this setting and it will turn off the wireless card when connected to your lan.
Unluckily for us, most of our Dell laptops have an Intel wireless adapter, such as the PRO 2200BG, and they do not have this feature. You need to install the Dell Quickset utility, get it here, enter your model and search for quickset, and then go into the location profiles setting:
Next you need to go into the General Mobility Settings and select Modify Settings:
This post is about some of the bloatware, or crapware, installed by computer manufacturers like Dell, Sony, etc.
IBM is the leading patent holder, spending more than 6 billion dollars a year on research and development, and pulls in royalties annually of over 1 billion dollars. Today, IBM has sued Amazon.com over some e-commerce patents it acquired in the 80′s, including “Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalog”, while hundreds of other companies have licensed these patents from IBM, Amazon has refused to since 2002.
“Given that time frame, these are very fundamental inventions for e-commerce and how to do it on the network,” said John Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president for intellectual property. “Much, if not all, of Amazon’s business is built on top of this property.” Source: AP at Yahoo
Just doing a quick search of the IBM site, I found this document that referenced a couple of e-commerce related patents from 1999.
US5926798: Method and apparatus for performing computer-based on-line commerce using an intelligent agent
Intelligent software agents perform e-commerce negotiations and transactions by committing services from multiple service providers and customers. This technology will play a major role in the future e-business. The intelligent agents consider both the availability of the requested service, such as arranging for a vacation, and the business policies of the service provider, for example the cancellation policy. The least severe cancellation policy is committed first while the most severe cancellation policy is committed last giving the user the greatest possible protection in making arrangements.
US5870717: System for ordering items over computer network using an electronic catalog
This patent is a good example of IBM?s leading technology for e-business. The e-business solution allows employees in a company directly processing orders for goods from another company by using catalogs and electronic purchasing methods. Users can by-pass both the normal paper approvals and the manual verification of the order by the organization?s purchasing department. It achieves this by means of an electronic catalog accessible from the employee?s own personal computer, and a computer network and associated services linking the company to multiple suppliers. Source: IBM Research
IBM did not specify the amount of damages it seeks, now would they return calls about this news.
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