gone mobile

At last, I have joined the rest of the human race. I found a netgear router/wireless base station and a card for the laptop in Technomatics (

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So you discover 802.11b just in time for everyone else to upgarde to 802.11g.

    Ain’t it always the way?


  2. Anonymous says:

    well ha ha to this:

    “The ‘g’ standard gives us a chance to differentiate speed and performance, “says Abramowitz. “The retail vendors see that and say they can charge a premium over the commodity products on the shelf. So we’ve got most if not all the retail vendors in the world ready to ship 54g.”

    since even this card is faster than a cable modem. UI feel no urge ti differentiate myself. What would I need the speed for, when I still have 100 mbs when I need it?


  3. Andrew says:

    but the other disconcerting thing about Fischer was that some of the things he said were things I believe, or at least have felt. He was rung up immediately after the towers were hit. And his reaction was that America had at last suffered a blow on its own soil comparable to those it had been dealing out with impunity abroad for decades. And that, when it just looked like a bomb, had been my reaction too. I don’t think that anyone who believes that Israel does wicked things, and gets away with them because of American subsidies and support, could avoid this thought.
    Once the sheer scale and size of the disaster became apparent, second thoughts, more respectable ones, appeared. But “Serve them right” was the first thought I had, and no doubt many others.

    Fischer then goes on to rant about the world Jewish Conspiracy etc etc, and to hope that “every jew in the bandit state of Israel will be killed” and one shrivels. But I wonder if he is not the mad personification of something that everyone feels who is at war, or who has taken sides in a war.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No quite. And the thing I meant to say is that 802.11b really is technology at its best because it does work first time the way it’s supposed to. I had it working on a friend’s broadband connection in less than two minutes when I got my wireless router (I was visiting elsewhere at the time) and he was so amazed he went running up the stairs to tell his wife it worked, he was so amazed.

    …and he works in the computer industry.


  5. Rupert says:

    Welcome to the modern world, Comrade! I’ve had a wireless LAN at home for a while, and it’s definitely a ratchet technology. You can’t go back afterwards: perfect for catching up on Radio 4 programmes in bed wi’ yer laptop, and I still get a thrill when the shuttle’s up, they point a camera out of the window and I can leave the picture of the Earth rolling away at 300kbps as I pootle about the flat.

    As for it just working… well, I remember the first group test of wireless LAN stuff I did back in the 20th century, and it was the largest collective bunch of incompatible, intransigent, uncooperative arse in the known universe. Even the company engineers gave up half the time.

    It may go back there. A few companies are jumping the gun on 802.11g and launching stuff before the standard’s finished, and I’ve had two new incompatible proprietary systems float past in the last fortnight (one’s called WirelessUSB, and there’s a German one called MDMA — oh, those Teutons! — which looks like it’s got the potential to jam everything from your toaster to passing cruise missiles).

    And the band 802.11b’s on is also an amateur radio band, on which hams (like me) are licenced to transmit hundreds and hundreds of watts. I’m tempted to put together a transmitter and wander into the middle of the City, and broadcast morse code that blats everyone’s network until they give me jewels, women and the right to herd sheep down Cheapside.

    What hath God wrought, indeed.


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