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The 7 Best Travel Mice to Buy in 2018
Best Budget: Sabrent Mini Travel USB Optical Mouse - $6
Best Design: Verbatim Mini Travel Optical Mouse Metro Series - $6 * Wireless @ OfficeMax $18
Best for Comfort: Microsoft RVF-00052 Arc Touch Mouse - $48
Best Compact: Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T630 - $100
Best Wired: Targus Cord-Storing Optical Mouse AMU76US - $18
Best Wireless: VicTsing - $13
Best for Gaming: Logitech G403 - $74
reviews  mouse  hardware 
may 2018 by pierredv
Invasion of the Hardware Snatchers: Cloned Electronics Pollute the Market - IEEE Spectrum
Via Dale Hatfield

I’m afraid that for now (i.e. until the piano actually falls on my head ;-) I’m skeptical. This is a speculative scare story, the tech equivalent of “lurking strangers are poised to abduct your child” stories.

First, it conflates greed and malice. The writer does their best to argue the distinction doesn’t matter (“While Ashoor appears to have been motivated by greed rather than any desire to do harm, the impact of ersatz equipment in critical electronic systems like a secure router or a car’s engine can still be catastrophic, regardless of the supplier’s intent.”), but I wasn’t persuaded.

There is also no evidence that this is actually a problem: “While there appear to be no published reports of injury or hacking related to this cloning, the risks are bigger today because …” Sure, absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence – but it creates a strong Bayesian prior (cf. stranger danger).

Even if the cloned electronics market is large (and no evidence is provided that it is; quite the contrary -- $143 million of seized fake network hardware over five years is a drop in the bucket of a $40 billion global enterprise networking market) I get back to greed vs. malice.
IEEE-Spectrum  hardware  cloning  electronics 
april 2017 by pierredv
SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer
"SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips."
tools  troubleshooting  hardware  via:windowssecrets  temperature  spectrum-monitoring 
february 2013 by pierredv
GNU Radio: Tools for Exploring the Radio Frequency Spectrum
June 2004 article in Linux Journal by Eric Blossom
hardware  radio  rf  SDR 
june 2009 by pierredv

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