Obfuscation is no protection
It may surprise some readers, but I don’t actually have a bad relationship with anyone at the BBC. I had an interesting and cordial conversation with someone from the iPlayer team (not the implementation part) at Mashed last weekend. I think a lot of people there are aware of the futility of trying to lock down content that’s simultaneously being digitally broadcast in the clear.
Better WiFi reconnection with Wicd
The default WiFi network connection tool on Ubuntu/Xubuntu is NetworkManager, which does a pretty poor job. I’ve been using Wicd as a replacement for about six months, and it’s a lot better, despite a few significant bugs (that have now been fixed in the codebase, if not in the currently released version).