Hardware maker Belkin has sunk to new lows in marketing strategies; a firmware upgrade on its wireless routers adds the ability for the router to grab a random HTTP connection every eight hours and redirect it an ad for Belkin’s parental control option. The Register has an article on it, and there is a Google thread on the subject. Belkin defends itself by saying it is only an “option”, and you can opt out of it easily, but it is on by default. Sleazy.
I haven’t bought a Belkin product for a long time — poor Mac support (on a USB hub of all things) and a smart-aleck tech guy who suggested I switch to a PC instead of working out my problem with the hub. This sort of thing makes me ready to make my boycot permanent.