March 28, 2002

Howling mad over Hollings' bill

From "Jim Dinda's apartment is a high-tech entertainment haven, but that could change if a bill that restricts how electronics devices work is passed into law.

Dinda's DSL phone line connects his entire home entertainment network. His movies, music and personal files are stored on a Windows 2000 server. He uses his Dell computer for e-mailing and Web surfing. He's teaching himself programming using a Linux server. He built a Pentium 3 with a video card that links his VCR, DVD and TiVo. The final piece is a wireless base station that allows him to roam the house with an IBM ThinkPad laptop.
He's invested several years and thousands of dollars building the system, but a controversial piece of legislation introduced by Senator Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina) could soon render his setup obsolete once he begins upgrading the network."

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