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Rob Reed  
New Toy
3/15/05, 10:22pm (Last Edited: 3/15/05, 10:26pm)
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I bit the bullet yesterday and bought myself a new laptop. Our previous laptop is a Compaq... a distant reminder of our first in vitro fertilization process (we bought it when Marie was confined to bedrest for 2-3 days after the first embryo implantation).

Hard to believe that this was over six years ago now.

I'm now typing on a spankin' new HP Pavilion zd8000... 3.3 Ghz, 100 GB harddrive, 17" screen. A beauty.

The major incentive in getting this was that I caught wind of Verizon's new National Access Broadband Wireless internet service.

It is laptop only, but it works in a number of major cities (Los Angeles, included). I thought that the old laptop would be too slow (it runs Windows 98 SE).

Anyway, at work, I have been paying $60/month for DSL. This new wireless service is $80/month.

So, I had the work DSL disconnected this morning, and I'm cooking with virtual gas.

I had to sign a two-year contract (which was kind of a drag), but I have 14 days to try this out, and I can still change my mind.

It has only been a day and a half, but I love this. I can go to a number of cities throughout the country (Chicago, New York, Vegas, San Francisco, Washington D.C., etc etc etc) and I can access the wireless system. I can sit in court, waiting for the judge to take the bench, and check my email.

The PCI card/modem is like a cell phone (but you can't use it for calls). You are assigned a phone number which is really just an id. It dials out when you logon, and voila... you're in. The card was $199, before a $100 rebate.

Unlimited usage... and I'm getting just under 500 kps. Not wonderful, but really good for my purposes.

I'm gonna be extremely prepared for my fantasy drafts now... I'm going with my computer.

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Thomas Canty
Re: New Toy
3/16/05, 7:03am
Congrats on the new toy! Sounds like a nice machine. That Internet access sounds pretty interesting, too, but I'd never pay that much for it. I have a feeling it probably wouldn't work in a lot of the places I go, too.

I'm in Beatty, NV right now at the Phoenix Inn. It's a surprisingly nice little motel. The room has everything except Internet access, so I'm on dialup right now. Fortunately, Earthlink has two local numbers here, even though this town is so small (only one square mile!). I kind of wish I stayed at the Motel 6, though. According to the sign out front, they include free in-room high speed Internet access. Too bad I didn't know about that before heading up here.

And it sure does get COLD in the desert at night!

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3/16/05, 1:39pm
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Neat!!!! Congrats, Rob!

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3/16/05, 5:02pm (Last Edited: 3/16/05, 5:02pm)
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I think you're probably right (for now) regarding access in remote areas.

This is the list of available areas:

"e-Markets:

* Atlanta, GA
* Austin, TX
* Baltimore, MD
* Boston, MA
* Chicago, IL
* Cincinnati, OH
* Columbus, OH
* Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
* Dayton, OH
* Hartford, CT
* Houston, TX
* Jacksonville, FL
* Kansas City, MO
* Las Vegas, NV
* Los Angeles, CA

* Madison, WI
* Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
* Milwaukee, WI
* New Haven, CT
* New Orleans, LA
* New York, NY/Newark, NJ
* Orlando, FL
* Philadelphia, PA
* Phoenix, AZ
* Pittsburgh, PA
* Providence, RI
* San Diego, CA
* St. Petersburg/West Palm Beach, FL
* Tampa, FL
* Washington, DC
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Thomas Canty
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3/16/05, 6:22pm
>This is the list of available areas:

Hmmm... Not much there. I never use the laptop at home. Only when I'm on the road. Doesn't look like that would do me any good.

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3/16/05, 11:28pm
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I'm sure it will only get better and cheaper... I'm thinking that eventually, it will probably even be free like public television.

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BBlast
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3/17/05, 5:34am
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>I'm sure it will only get better and cheaper... I'm thinking
>that eventually, it will probably even be free like public
>television.

Reminds of that age old timeless quote...


"There ain't no free lunch!"

(pardons to the english teachers out there)

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3/17/05, 9:46am
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Well, certainly commercialized... but I'd take commercials for free broadband (especially because there will always be folks out there who will be able to design systems to bypass it).

TIVO is really nothing more than a program and a harddrive, after all.

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Re: New Toy
3/17/05, 1:24pm
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>I bit the bullet yesterday and bought myself a new laptop.
>Our previous laptop is a Compaq... a distant reminder of our
>first in vitro fertilization process (we bought it when Marie
>was confined to bedrest for 2-3 days after the first embryo
>implantation).
>
>Hard to believe that this was over six years ago now.
>
>I'm now typing on a spankin' new HP Pavilion zd8000... 3.3
>Ghz, 100 GB harddrive, 17" screen. A beauty.
>
>The major incentive in getting this was that I caught wind of
>Verizon's new National Access Broadband Wireless internet
>service.
>
>It is laptop only, but it works in a number of major cities
>(Los Angeles, included). I thought that the old laptop would
>be too slow (it runs Windows 98 SE).
>
>Anyway, at work, I have been paying $60/month for DSL. This
>new wireless service is $80/month.
>
>So, I had the work DSL disconnected this morning, and I'm
>cooking with virtual gas.
>
>I had to sign a two-year contract (which was kind of a drag),
>but I have 14 days to try this out, and I can still change my
>mind.
>
>It has only been a day and a half, but I love this. I can go
>to a number of cities throughout the country (Chicago, New
>York, Vegas, San Francisco, Washington D.C., etc etc etc) and
>I can access the wireless system. I can sit in court, waiting
>for the judge to take the bench, and check my email.
>
>The PCI card/modem is like a cell phone (but you can't use it
>for calls). You are assigned a phone number which is really
>just an id. It dials out when you logon, and voila... you're
>in. The card was $199, before a $100 rebate.
>
>Unlimited usage... and I'm getting just under 500 kps. Not
>wonderful, but really good for my purposes.
>
>I'm gonna be extremely prepared for my fantasy drafts now...
>I'm going with my computer.


Simply amazing! Im so far behind far as new techy stuff. Still not comfortable with the whole wireless thing but how neat to be able to just connect where ever you are. Personally Im usually in some tiny berg when Im using my laptop and SBC with its dialup service works...slow but good enough.

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Thomas Canty
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3/17/05, 3:50pm
>I'm sure it will only get better and cheaper... I'm thinking
>that eventually, it will probably even be free like public
>television.

You really think it will eventually become free? I don't see that. Better and cheaper, yes. I can't see it becoming free, though.

I sure wish I'd stayed at the Motel 6 here in Beatty, though. This place is nice, but the billboard for Motel 6 says they include free in-room high speed Internet access.

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Rob Reed  
Re: New Toy
3/20/05, 10:54am
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>Simply amazing! Im so far behind far as new techy stuff. Still
>not comfortable with the whole wireless thing but how neat to
>be able to just connect where ever you are. Personally Im
>usually in some tiny berg when Im using my laptop and SBC with
>its dialup service works...slow but good enough.

If anyone wanted to get information on me through my internet usage, it wouldn't be too hard, whether by wireless or DESKTOP.

I'll take my chances.

It is too useful.

I think the access points are only going to expand... especially as more folks sign-up. Just two days ago, I was surprised to see the first commercial for it on the telly.

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BBlast
Re: New Toy
3/21/05, 7:50am (Last Edited: 3/21/05, 7:58am)
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>Simply amazing! Im so far behind far as new techy stuff.
>Still
>not comfortable with the whole wireless thing but how neat
>to
>be able to just connect where ever you are. Personally Im
>usually in some tiny berg when Im using my laptop and SBC
>with
>its dialup service works...slow but good enough.
>
>If anyone wanted to get information on me through my internet
>usage, it wouldn't be too hard, whether by wireless or
>DESKTOP.
>
>I'll take my chances.
>
>It is too useful.
>
>I think the access points are only going to expand...
>especially as more folks sign-up. Just two days ago, I was
>surprised to see the first commercial for it on the telly.

This article has little to do with the commerical service you are talking about and has to do more with the average Joe setting up a wireless network in his home or business...but it seemed an interesting article to post anyway...


A bit from the guys at Cnet, http://news.com.com/Wireless+Internet+opens+new+pat
h+for+thieves/2100-1009_3-5626703.html?tag=nefd.top

(I'll just post the top of the article..you can view it all with the link above)

"e-The spread of the wireless data technology known as Wi-Fi has reshaped the way millions of Americans go online, letting them tap into high-speed Internet connections effortlessly at home and in many public places.

But every convenience has its cost. Federal and state law enforcement officials say sophisticated criminals have begun to use the unsecured Wi-Fi networks of unsuspecting consumers and businesses to help cover their tracks in cyberspace.

In the wired world, it was often difficult for lawbreakers to make themselves untraceable on the Internet. In the wireless world, with scores of open Wi-Fi networks in some neighborhoods, it could hardly be easier.

Law enforcement officials warn that such connections are being commandeered for child pornography, fraud, death threats and identity and credit card theft.

"We have known for a long time that the criminal use of the Internet was progressing at a greater rate than law enforcement had the knowledge or ability to catch up," said Jan H. Gilhooly, who retired last month as special agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Newark and now helps coordinate New Jersey operations for the Department of Homeland Security. "Now it's the same with the wireless technologies."

In 2003, the Secret Service office in Newark began an investigation that infiltrated the Web sites and computer networks of suspected professional data thieves. Since October, more than 30 people around the world have been arrested in connection with the operation and accused of trafficking in hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers online.

Of those suspects, half regularly used the open Wi-Fi connections of unsuspecting neighbors. Four suspects, in Canada, California and Florida, were logged in to neighbors' Wi-Fi networks at the moment law enforcement agents, having tracked them by other means, entered their homes and arrested them, Secret Service agents involved in the case said.-quote&

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