Writing in the ChannelRegister (UK), Andrew Orlowski has written a couple of useful articles on the Western Digital's 1 terabyte network drive targeted to the consumer market. The first article describes how WD has crippled the filesharing software it provides so that one cannot share media files across the net. Orlowsk's second article describes earlier attempts to accomplish similar anti-piracy goals
But there may be less here than initially thought, according to Orlowski:
What's "crippled" is Western Digital's optional extra, a virtual file system for Windows users called Mionet. But then it always has been....
Mionet is marketed as a virtual filesystem, and permits you to access your home Windows PC across the internet. It actually does quite a bit more: a shared workspace, and remote device access, for example viewing your webcam remotely. It's a "placeshifting" service, of a kind.
Many of these services are intentionally limited, and this one is no different: Mio blocked shared media over an internet connection long before Western Digital acquired the startup earlier this year.
All these attempts at blanket restrictions--however circumventable--give DRM a bad name. It's one thing to protect movies, television, and music. It's quite another to prevent consumers from sharing their own media files with others and in doing so, add more ammunition to the rising tide of anti-DRM sentiment.