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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Wireless in NYC

wireless in nyc What's worse than staying at a high-priced hotel and having to pay for internet access? Staying at an old NYC hotel where the free (wireless) internet access doesn't work. Even worse, there's a plethora of available networks nearby. 2/3 of them are protected, and the rest simply don't work with my Mac. I'm starting to get pretty frustrated with the wireless on this MacBook Pro - especially since it worked nearly *every time* on my old PowerBook. I should probably take it into the Apple Store next week. The strange part is I can get a connection just fine at my client and Starbucks. It's weird staying in a hotel room and not having internet access - especially when traveling for business.

Update: Strangely enough - when I got back to my room tonight, there was a new wireless connection and I got a full/fast connection. Go figure.

Posted in Mac OS X at May 02 2006, 07:11:06 PM MDT 9 Comments

I've been having problems getting my wireless to act even remotely reliable on my MacBook as well.

Posted by PJ Hyett on May 03, 2006 at 09:56 AM MDT #

I too had problems with my home but not my work wireless network. I noticed my Microsoft MN700 wireless router was running in B/G mixed mode. Once I turned it off, my home wireless network started working pretty well. Doesn't say much for the MacBookPro that it can't work on older routers, but it's a pretty easy fix for me. Doubtful you could get other people to comply though ;)

Posted by Ben C on May 03, 2006 at 11:55 AM MDT #

Ah yes....the power of raible's blog getting him some better service. i bet you never realized how many new yorkers read your blog!

Posted by Mark Johnson on May 03, 2006 at 04:37 PM MDT #

I have been thinking of buying a Macbook, but considering all the troubles you have been going through, is it worth it? Would you purchase if you needed another fast laptop - a Macbook or a Windows laptop?

Posted by Anon on May 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM MDT #

I'm so happy especially with the wireless support with my macbook. I recently switched from Windows (had a one year Linux adventure some years ago) to mac(book) and having much better wireless connectivity was the first thing I noticed. Now, I have no experience with powerbooks. Were they even better?

Posted by Eelco Hillenius on May 26, 2006 at 11:21 PM MDT #

Anon - the MacBook Pro seems like the fastest laptop you can buy, especially for Java Development. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It's 3x faster than my HP Pavilion when running Ant tasks from the command line.

Posted by Matt Raible on June 11, 2006 at 06:53 PM MDT #

Eelco - yes the PowerBooks had better connectivity. It was faster to connect and almost never failed.

Posted by Matt Raible on June 12, 2006 at 10:44 PM MDT #

Out of topic - but whenever someone points me to the fact that Apple notebooks have a one-button touchpad I get confused! I extensively use all the three buttons of mice and I think using a one-button touchpad should really be frustrating, isn't it?

Posted by Behrang on June 18, 2006 at 02:21 AM MDT #

Right button is control + click on the pad. Or you just plugin a mouse if you want. I started out doing that, but after a while found that the pad just worked quicker/ nicer for me. Which is funny, because I used to never use the pads of other laptops because I prefered a mouse or trackball). Now, what is really superiour about the MBPs (don't know much about other macs) is the two-finger scroll. That's an awesome idea I already can't live without.

Posted by Eelco Hillenius on June 18, 2006 at 02:26 AM MDT #

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