Taking My Blog On The Road

It started last Saturday night. After sending an email (I hope) myInternet connection died. No problem – I am a highly trained computergeek – I could fix it in the morning

A quick bit of trouble shooting early Sunday morning (7:00am – whocan sleep when their life line is in trouble) I traced the trouble to abroken pin on my RJ45 plug. Nothing major – but not a fast fix in asmall town. The one store I knew would carry the part was closed. Icould have got a cheap substitute from one of the ‘big box’ homehardware stores. But, that would just be postponing doing the job right.

To make things worse – I was leaving on a road trip on Monday and had a lot of other work that needed doing.

Monday afternoon I am on BC Ferries heading for the mainland. Time toget connected. I really want to write a post on the importance ofhaving duplicate data connections in mission critical areas. (Like thetwo data jacks I will be wiring into my home office.) This is firsttime I have used the BC Ferries data connection – but how hard can itbe.

Well not too hard until I see the little sticker above the data plug that says “No Internet Connection”.

By the time I check into my room at Chilliwack and get back fromdinner – I am too tired to do anything more than check my email.Tuesday I will be in Blue River with lots of time to blog.

We have all come to expect that there will be an Internet to beavailable when and where we want it. Unfortunately, in Blue River thatisn’t quite true. While there was a wireless signal – it was so low itwas virtually useless. I had the choice of taking my netbook to themotel office – or opening a cold one.

Beer trumps blog – I can always blog on Wednesday.

Wednesday – Edmonton – my daughter’s house. High speed wireless — hey Ken ‘What is your router password?’

Note to self – ‘Write a blog on the importance of remembering your router password.’

So I am down in the basement plugged into the back of a Linksysrouter. No big insights – just everyday problems that can combine tomake a relatively easy job a major headache.

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