The dropped iPod is still working fine, by the way.
The DVD player? No, not dropped, but not working. Best Buy has a sale going on, so I picked up a $100 Sony for $70 and I’m glaring at the dead DVD player right now.
I toyed with the idea of a MacMini, now that I have wireless working, and using it to store all our music (MP3) and to play DVDs since I know the hardware is reliable and dependable. But the low end for all that would be $1000, and I think I’ll just wait.
Wireless! Is working! That took forever. I had to set up my wireless to no security to get it to work with my office laptop. Before you gasp at my security negligence, I’ve set up a MAC filter so only the approved listed items (laptop and AE) are permitted.
Speaking of that AE. Did you know it’s not supposed to work with anything but a Mac router? I mentioned this first in May, when I entertained this notion, and again in June, when I installed it all. But at the time it was all hardwired. Blue cable for radio, going from router to AE (grey is for PC, yellow to printer…).
Since then, the router died. It had always had problems, and Linksys was having a back to school sale, so we got a new one for $80. WRT54G, and it was nice. In a way I missed the 8 port I’d used to have, but I thought wireless! I’ll still have a free port if I can make the AE work with it.
But nowhere could I find the information. Everyone said ‘Oh you have to upgrade firmware on your router.’ And you know, no. I just got my router working with wireless and it had been a pain. My office’s VPN won’t work if you have wireless security, and I hate a non-secure network, hence the MAC list. Why couldn’t I just add the AE’s MAC to the list and proceed? My children had missed months of school.
Enter Jeremy Sawodny and the idiotically simple answer: Put in the Wireless Network name by hand.
Duh! And it works.
Oh, the stupidest most brilliant podcast ever? Soap operas. Listen to them at work. Hah! I love it!