I’m not an early adopter when it comes to hardware. When it comes to free software, sure. But for hardware, I’ll let the pioneers get the arrows in their backs and jump on the bandwagon when things are better and cheaper.
For instance, it was only last year I finally got a wireless router for the house. The only thing we’re getting out of it, really, is not needing to run an ethernet cable to Malasada’ computer. Once, a visitor made use of it on his laptop. I never did get the wireless card working on my vintage 1998 laptop.
Recently, a friend of mine upgraded from the lesser 15” Powerbook to the greater one, and loaned me the lesser one. (I’ve got good friends.) For the past week, for the first time ever, I’ve been travelling with a wireless laptop.
I was thinking, ok, I’ll be able to check my email when I visit my one sister, whose husband is a geek with a wireless router. But while I was staying at my other sister’s house, I thought I’d check whether any of her neighbors had WiFi. Turned out I had my choice of three networks.
Later in the trip, we were staying at a friend of Malasada’. Her household had a wireless router.
And right now, I’m writing this at JFK Airport, courtesy of JetBlue.
Yes, I know how far behind the curve I am, and I know you were sick of reading “gee whiz! I have net access away from home!” blog entries in 1999.
But, gee whiz! I have net access away from home!