April 20, 2004

When I arrived at the Mirage I was happy to hear they had broadband net access in the hotel. Upon settling in the room I was pleased to find a special laptop hookup with power, ethernet and modem connections. Looking under the desk, I saw that they used D-link wifi to ethernet bridges to distribute access. I could either plug in with a cable or use the wifi to connect to the net. Pretty advanced for a Vegas hotel.

I did have to sign up for access via the TV set and get a code number that allowed me in. A pain, but not the end of the world.

Yesterday, after dinner and drinks I finally got back to the room sometime around midnight. I tried to log on and for some reason I couldn't get in. The DHCP wasn't working right. I tried and tried and wrote off the failure to my state of intoxication. This morning, I tried agian with no luck.

Calling Guest Services, they told me that 'the internet is down, we are trying to fix it'. I asked it was down last night and they said it was. Well, if you are going to provide net access in a hotel at $10 a pop, you better be able to fix it in less that 8 hours...

In other show news, there haven't been any really new things announced. Apple has some serious deals with GVG, I heard Leitch bought Videotek, HP announced their work with Warner (which I knew about...), and not much else.

Gone are the days of Newtek and the Video Toaster where you couldn't get within 100 feet of the booth. But that's another story.

Posted by michael at April 20, 2004 06:51 AM