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Wide open spaces

Published Tuesday, March 09, 2010 @ 7:13 AM EST
Mar 09 2010

The painter starts work today at the South Park place, and I was concerned about being stuck here without a broadband connection in the event I had to log on to the mothership back in Chicago for any customer emergencies.

I fired up the laptop about five minutes ago and was getting ready to try to tether it to my cell phone in order to connect to the net when 14(!) available wireless networks popped up. One had five bar signal strength, with wide-open security. Must be the next door neighbor, who splurged on Comcast's high-end broadband service... 15 megs down, 3 megs up. Compared to the tin can and string service we have with Atlantic Broadband, this is nirvana. It's about five times faster on download and 15 times faster on upload.

Well, at least I don't have to worry about being out of touch if I get stuck over here during the renovations.

And if you're questioning the legality/ethics of the connection, my neighbor is actually running off the "temporary" router and wireless link I supplied when he was having equipment problems. Two years ago.

Karma's a wonderful thing.

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