OK, John, I'll grant you this: you spend more, but I end up with better stories!
This evening on my way home from IamLUG 2011, I am at the fabulous Super8 in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Columbus.
As a matter of habit, at check-in, I always ask, "is there a trick to using the wifi?" See, cheap hotels always have free wireless these days, mostly as a matter of competition. Sure, the expensive hotels also have wireless, for which they charge anywhere from six to twenty-five dollars per day, but they all have essentially the same level of support, which is zero. See also, "LumierePlace."
So here I am in southeast Ohio. Pop into the room, the signal is very strong, but nothing is loading. I shut off the Airport on the new MBP, turn it back on, and as usual, it sniffs every 802.11 signal within the whole zip code. I pick "Super8," and it connects to the WAP perfectly. However, I cannot connect to anything.
My go-to test is to open a terminal session and ping www.ibm.com. Just because. Sure, it's possible the site is completely screwed, but if it is, the entire basis of 20 years of my career in IT are down the shitter. And yours.
It can't even resolve the address. However, I can ping the router, so I know my MBP is OK.
I call the desk.
The nice South Asian dude listens to my simple question, "is there a problem with the wifi right now?" Because, come on, sometimes there's a problem, and if they're aware of it, they'll tell me. Instead, he says, "I'm on it right now and it's working fine."
As a veteran network engineer, that sets up three possibilties:
1. Roy Rumaner08/04/2011 09:57:17 AM
If you wake up and the hair on your ass is blonde and I know about it, we are in the wrong movie buddy. I mean I like you but not "that " much