Improving Unwired Connections

Since I am in hospital again, I have to used unwired to get online.

Now at the best of times, unwired is pretty dodgy in terms of reception where RPA is located, so I am constantly doing the unwired-dance of trying to locate the mystical "sweet spot" in and around my ward, whatever it happens to be.

I have discovered recently a little trick to improving a otherwise bad reception (say, 2-3 red bars of signal quality in Navini Diagnostics) - a low grade constant data stream!

I stumbled up on this when I was downloading a large'ish file using wget at a whopping 1Kb/s, and have managed to duplicate it by pinging www.unwired.com.au with an interval of 0.2 seconds.

As long as the ping is running the background, my signal quality is in the yellow mostly and ssh is fairly responsive. Other online activities such as IM and normal www do not seem to be any slower than usual.



Back in hospital again

*sigh* Ah well, guess it can't be smooth sailing all the way.

At least this time I have unwired, though the reception could be better :-)

On the plus side, Scott owes me beers :-)



The (LEGO) Claw

Fear the claw!

Part of an ongoing project to make a robotic beer serving wench... well maybe not the wench part :-)



A rare victory

Chess to me is about not making the Fatal First Mistake and capitalising on the mistakes of others.

For once I managed not to screw up :-)



Pfft, no ADSL2+for 2 more month

Still on contract for my old plan, and TPG wants me to first cancel my existing contract, then sign up for their ADSL2+ plan. However they won't waiver the early cancellation fee for the 2 month remaining on my contract which means if I want ADSL2+ now I have to pay $120 in cancellation fees.


Otherwise I am physically fine, staying out of hospital. Everything else isn't so kosher though.