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Clone killing software

23 September 2014

What would happen if your PC automatically downloaded (as part of its automatic updates) a driver that killed several of your peripherals stone dead.

No doubt you'd be pretty annoyed and expect some recompense for the damage.

Well that's exactly what's happened in the case of some devices which rely on a special component known as a USB to UART converter -- a tiny chip that is often used as part of the USB interface found in some peripherals. The most popular of these devices are set of chips developed and made by Future Technology Devices International, chips that have earned them a pretty penny over the years.

Naturally, such success has attracted imitators and even those who would simply copy outright, these very useful bits of silicon. Just as Rolex watches, Gucci bags and masses of other products have been "cloned" or counterfeited by low-budget manufacturers in countries with lax copyright enforcement like China, so too have FTDI's USB chips

To date, FTDI has simply been annoyed but accepting of the infringements of its intellectual property rights but, in a recent automated Windows Update operation, that all changed.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

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