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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lost and distressed in the geek zone


Oh boy! Fun and games in the last week.

There is always a duel between myself and my son as to who gets on the computer to use the internet. We are pretty good really. If one of us is on, the other waits patiently and quietly trying to subvert a pricking of conscience of the other. Craig will pretend to be interested in what I'm doing online in a thinly veiled attempted of stating that he wants to get on. I'll do something similar until I think he has been on long enough and ask him to let me on!

Well....... the answer to this is relative simple bearing in mind I have 2 desktop PC's and a router:- Set up a network.

I've done this easily enough with a hardwired version. Since I now have a wireless hub (and to enable the 2nd PC to be set upstairs for Craig) I purchased a wireless network card and set to work getting it all sorted. Trouble is, its proved more complicated than I expected. The wireless card works ok and shows a connection to the hub, but I can't get online. There is some sort of setting somewhere that is not allowing this to happen. In real geek speak, I think it has something to do with IP addresses. I'm trying to warn myself off this technical stuff. You know what they say "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". My usual route to sorting out these problems is to search relevant newsgroups and find the answer there, but alas, this has been to no avail. I'm tearing out what little hair I have left .

A friend loaned me another network device, but I can't seem to get that to work either. Above all, I'm convinced that patience is required, and its best to leave all this well alone if find myself getting wound up about it. Lets face it, its not the most important thing in the world by a long, long way.

On other matters..... been pretty busy at work. We have a change of shift system that means I'm doing far less night shifts now. That's a bit of a relief. Nights are always a drain on energy.


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