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Get a lot of Email?

January 14th, 2006
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I have been using 30gigs service while it was in BETA for a little while now.While logging in today I say this:

Registration is open to anyone until 1/31/2006. Get an account today!.

When I first had the account, they had stated that in addition to email, they were working on a way for users to utilize the 30 gigs to also store files and such. I am not sure if that is still the roadmap for the service, but in the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to sign up for an account.

Hotel Connectivity

January 10th, 2006
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So here I am, about 350 KM from my house, up in Edmonton for a week of training.

It was not that bad of a drive up here, but the day was pretty long, as I still worked the remainder of the day.

So after work, I stumbled along the roads, and managed to find the hotel. While checking in, I asked about Internet, and got the usual “Huh” look from the girl behind the counter.

I get to the room, and it turns out they have a webTV style connection availble for $9.95 per day. So basically for the 4 nights I am staying here, they want the equivilant of an entire month of high speed cable. ummmm… no.

So I was all bummed out and kind of sulking here in the room, because the wife and I had planned on using the net to communicate to help cut costs on this trip.

I’m sitting here, deciding what to do, when it hits me like a bucket of cold water. I remember that Leo Laporte had mentioned in one of his Podcasts that sometimes people set up private unsecured wireless networks in their hotel room to share with everyone else.

So I whip out my wireless card, and start searching…


Turns out the Holiday Express Inn across the road has given full unsecured access to the internet. Even better, the signal is more than decent.. Windows reports the strength as “Good”

The only downfall I have seen tonight at all, is a reduction in speed, but who the heck cares.. I am at least connected. (Actually, I just moved the laptop by the window and I’m now getting 11Mbps so all is well here)

So I guess the moral of the story is try anyways.. you never know what the outcome just may be

Make Cat 5 Cables

January 3rd, 2006
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If you ever need to repair your own Ethernet cables, or like me purchased 1000? of wire, it can be frustrating when you can’t remember the color code for the pairs.I’ve had and lost this bookmark over and over again, so I thought I’d make a quick post here to keep it somewhat accessable.

I had a different article bookmarked before, but I came across this link in a recent DIGG article.
Click the picture to head over to LanShack to read Tony Casazza’s guide.

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