The existential pleasure of Apple's wireless networkingI set up a complex new wireless network today built around both an Apple AirPort Extreme base station and a new Apple AirPort Express device. The entire process took about 15 minutes, and that was mostly just time spent finding and downloading new printer drivers.
I bet you were expecting me to complain that it was a day-long process, involved lots of Google searches, and at least a half-dozen curse words about incompatible protocols. But, hurray, it was about as easy as any wiring project I've ever done thankjs to Apple's great WiFi networking prowess.
Here's what I set up and how I got it all working...
One of my photographs was chosen as KQED's Photo of the DayA nice surprise: KQED, the tremendously popular public TV and public radio station in San Francisco, chose one of my recent Northern California photographs from my portfolio as their Photo of the Day (for 13 July, 2004).
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Another excellent reason to buy a camera lens UV filterI pulled out my Nikon 105mm macro lens from my camera bag this afternoon and was horrified to see that the glass was cracked on the front. Upon closer inspection (after many dollar signs danced before my eyes) I realized that it was only the camera lens ultraviolet (UV) filter that had been broken and that the lens itself was completely intact.
If you have camera lenses and you don't have UV or neutral density filters on them, run out now and get one for each lens. The shattered glass you may intercept may be your own, after all...
When is "broadband" not particularly "broad" band?I'm visiting the Lake of the Ozarks for a bit as I often do in the summer - our family has a house on the Lake and it's great fun - but every year I'm faced with the challenge of semi-rural network connectivity. Usually I've just given up and used a regular dialup, hoping that the Network Gods would let me have some good throughput on a 56K modem. This year things are better - sort of - with a DirecWay satellite connection through DirecTV.
But the actual experience of using this connection is far, far less than I'd hoped it would be. Ostensibly DirecWay is a broadband connection with upload speeds of up to 128Kb/s and download speeds quite a bit faster than that, but there are two dramatic problems that make it less than advertised...
Interesting note on when plagiarism isn't so bad...As a faculty member at the University of Phoenix Online, I get some very interesting instructional messages from the administrative team at times, and this is one of them. The issue revolves around "when should students get reprimanded for plagiarism" and I can tell you that the widespread adoption of the Web in the educational community has made plagiarism not only rampant, but also easier to detect (not that most students think about that). The problem is: what happens to your institution - particularly if it's a for-profit company as the University of Phoenix (aka Apollo) is - if you hand out plagiarism-based fails left and right?
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