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Laptops or Desktops, Do you compute?
In 1999 and 2000 many libraries made it difficult to use laptop computers and some libraries were not on the internet and others did not ever have computers for the public. I remember standing in line at campgrounds waiting for an opening on the dial-up connection. Of course other campers were waiting right behind one another had to be considerate and not take up too much time. It was impossible to upload the website to the server. That was stressful. I would sometimes go in the middle of the night if they didn't lock the door. Places like National Parks or State Parks do not have libraries or internet access.
With a laptop you can collect your e-mail in any town and most campgrounds. It is very popular to find a modem hookup in most campgrounds now. So many campers are into computing that often one has to wait in line to use the modem. Some large RV parks have two telephone hookups for computers. I've never encountered a charge for using the modem.
One problem with using a campground modem is that when you collect your mail you have to read it while you are online. It is also necessary to compose your e-mail while you are online. Others cannot use the modem while you are working online. If you learn to use Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Endora program you can collect your e-mail and take the computer back to the RV and read the mail offline as well as compose your messages. The next time you get online the messages will be sent. You can forward your mail from Yahoo or Hotmail or any other web mail service to Outlook Express and read the mail offline. You can also compose your e-mail messages offline before going to the computer desk.
Take your laptop to a Kinko's Copy Center in town and you can use their modem free. Yes, Kinko's lets customers hookup to a modem and there is usually a desk too. Another way to collect your e-mail is at the local library. The library does not have facilities for a laptop, but your can get online and go to your ISP and view your e-mail. Once you get online you can go to your ISP. You will need your user name and password.
No matter which ISP you use at home it might be a good idea to use Yahoo or Hotmail as your e-mail server. The advantage is that you can easily collect your e-mail from any computer.... even your friends computer or at the library. You don't even have to own a computer or have an ISP because Yahoo and Hotmail are internet mail service providers. All that is necessary is that you be online, then you go to Yahoo or MSN Hotmail.
Please be considerate of other campers who want to check their e-mail when there is only one phone connection for getting online. Download your e-mail and read it offline.
Starbucks Corp. is aiming to let its customers get wireless Internet access while they get wired on $4 cups of coffee.
The Seattle-based coffee giant on Wednesday announced that the company has set up wireless LANs in 1,200 of its retail coffee shops and plans to have 2,000 cafes wirelessly hooked up by the end of the year.
The Starbucks WLANs are operated by T-Mobile, formerly VoiceStream Wireless, which is the wireless division of Deutsche Telekom AG.
T-Mobile's HotSpot service uses "Wi-Fi," or 802.11b, technology, which offers speeds of up to 11M bps, backed by a T-1 connection.
The HotSpot service is available on a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go basis. Starbucks is offering free trials of the service on Wednesday to customers with Wi-Fi enabled notebook computers or Pocket PC devices.
Hewlett-Packard Co., already a partner of Starbucks', is offering free software that lets wireless devices and notebooks sniff out and connect to available networks.
The software is available at www.starbucks.com/hotspot, where HP also will be selling and leasing wireless client-side devices, including PC cards, notebook computers and Pocket PCs.The following information will give you a basic introduction to the Wireless Internet Protocol, or Wi-Fi. Use the links here to find the best deals available on the internet. Wi-Fi is a brand originally licensed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to describe wireless networks. It was developed to be used for mobile computing devices, such as laptops, but is now increasingly used for many services including internet and VOIP phone access, gaming, and more.
Wi-Fi: How it works�
A typical Wi-Fi setup contains one or more hot spots. There are many standards of wireless internet protocol. The Wi-Fi standard leaves connection criteria and roaming totally open to the client.�
This is a strength of Wi-Fi, but also means that one wireless connection may perform substantially better than others.�
Advantages Wi-Fi Wireless internet can be deployed anywhere. Imagine being able to surf wirelessly from the beach, around pool or even in your bed.�
Wi-Fi products are widely available in many different specifications. Dozens of companies offer products that can range in price from $20 or less (with rebates) to more than $500. Disadvantages of Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi can be interrupted by some devices. 2.4 GHz cordless phones and microwave ovens can cause service interruptions.�
Wi-Fi access points typically default to a mode. This is a wide-open configuration and would allow any person within your networks range to access it. Wi-Fi networks have limited range. A typical Wi-Fi home router using 802.11b or 802.11g with a stock antenna might have a range of150 ft indoors and 250 ft outdoors. Unprotected Wi-Fi networks can be monitored and used to read and copy data this includes personal information such as online banking information. It’s important that you set up an encrypted network when setting up your Wi-Fi network.�
Range Extender A wireless range extender can extend the range of an existing wireless network by being strategically placed in locations where a wireless signal is sufficiently strong and nearby locations that have poor to no signal strength. There are several stand-alone 802.11 wireless repeaters on the market today.
Conclusion There are a variety of products and service providers to choose from. You can use the links found within these pages to find some of the best deals on the Internet. You can also research which providers have the best test results. Not all services providers offer equal service, so it can pay to investigate a little further before signing a contract for service. Most of the equipment that you’ll need (wireless modem, wireless network adapter, range extender etc.) can be found in local stores or you can search online for some better deals.
We used one of the dining table chairs until it got uncomfortable. Then we bought a lightweight desk chair with arms. A comfortable chair is very important when you sit for long periods of time at the computer.
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Vatican visionaries: Holy See's Web site overcomes humble beginnings
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After less than eight years online, the Vatican's vast Web site has established itself as far-and-away the most popular Catholic site on the Internet, and its offerings are in continual expansion.
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