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The Ramblings of a Damaged Mind
I am in Anaheim
Actually, I have been for a while.

I was going to post from the airport, but the NZ90 has a cutoff in power management. If the battery drops below 20%, it shuts off the Bluetooth. I had just started writing a post when that happened.

So I got to the hotel and didn't see any data connection other than the dataport on the phone. So I setup my laptop to use it and tried the old GTEI dialin account that had kept working for years afterwards, even after GTEI no longer existed. Well, someone finally got around to killing it - probably after Level 3 took over Genuity. The number is still good, and a modem answers, but it won't authenticate. Well, probably shouldn't have been using that (not like I've used it in a couple of years I think) since even if it *did* work I knew it was just corporate ineptitude forgetting to disable it and it shouldn't have worked.

OK, well, I know my T68i can be used as a modem via the IR link. And I had installed the dialup wizard on my PC, I just never got around to setting it up. So I got the PC talking to the phone via IR, and started playing with the wizard. No joy. The phone would try to dial, but it'd stay 'Connecting'. And I know it is config, because I can connect right away with the NZ90. But the NZ90 was configured with yet another wizard, and I don't know the secret mojo under the covers. I called AT&T support and they said they have a connection manager I can install that will make it all work. Catch-22. If I could connect to download that - I wouldn't need to download that!

Ok, so I was giving up in frustration when I looked at the stack of hotel pimpage on the table, and discovered that one of that was touting the *Wi-Fi* service the hotel provides. Doh! That's why I didn't see any data terminal. I realized, with a little irony, that I had a Wi-Fi card. A Compact Flash card for my NZ90! But I didn't have a PCMCIA card, nor an adapter (I will pick up an adapter now that I think of it, they're cheap). But the front desk will provide cards free (well, they'll charge me if I walk off with it when I leave). So now I'm up and running on WiFi.

I am: relaxed relaxed
Current Media: A/C fan

ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: June 28th, 2003 11:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sorry I won't get to see you; life here is nutty and Neal and I decided to punt on AX this year. Say hi to Ash and RT and so on for me. :)
domon_kasshu From: domon_kasshu Date: June 29th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Which hotel?

Which hotel has the WiFi? I'm defintely bringing my card down now.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 29th, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Which hotel?

I'm staying at the Cost Anaheim Hotel.

Actually WiFi seems to be down - it worked just before I crashed, but I tried it again this evening and couldn't get out. And it worked on BOTH my laptop and my PDA - with different cards - and doesn't work on either now. So I don't think it is me - nothing changed.

Fortunately I downloaded the AT&T connection manager software when WiFi was working, and hey, it works - I'm connected over my GPRS connection right now. Maybe I'll post reports from the panels at the con. :-)

domon_kasshu From: domon_kasshu Date: June 29th, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Which hotel?

But that's my job ;_;
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 30th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Which hotel?

Heh - what's your setup for remote reporting?

BTW, Wi-Fi was *just* restored, I called support again and they poked SBC to fix a trunking problem.
domon_kasshu From: domon_kasshu Date: June 30th, 2003 12:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)


I plug my cel phone (14.4!) into my notebook and typically post the report right at the panel. That's what I did for AX last year. I spend the panel writing up the report basically, and ftp it to the site.

I like to get things done at the panel so there's more time for partying later :)