PC Hell

I spent the day helping a friend set up a tiny network for his office, two wired desktops and one wireless notebook. Easy-peasy, right? Leave it to Microsoft to make this a pain in the ass. I got the network functioning right off the bat, then plugged the router into the DSL modem for web access, and all systems started giving a “Limited or no connectivity” error message. No less than five hours later, I still don’t have a grip on it. AAAHHHH!

The connection between systems works flawlessly, presumably because I’m using the NetBIOS protocol. Web access, however, is intermittent. I did a web search, and just about every site that I found states that this is a result of SP2. Dammit. Possible solutions include adjusting the software firewall settings on each system, refreshing the TCP/IP stack, and performing a reg hack.

I’m not a very big fan of Microsoft at the moment, this should have taken no more than 30 minutes to complete. Stupid Microsoft.

I’m going back on Monday morning to finish the job. Hopefully I’ll be able to resolve it quickly, but I’m not holding my breath.

In other news, I spoke to the DSL tech while he was doing the installation. I asked him about what’s coming, and told him that I had heard about 5-6 gig connections on the way. He said that’s already here. The next step will be between 25 and 50 gigs per second, and that should be available to home customers within the next two years! Unbelievable! I can’t wait to see what we’re going to do with that bandwidth! Streaming media, of course. But what else?

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