Monthly Archives: June 2008

My new WiFi Card

Some of you know that I have been having problems getting my laptop on WiFi. The on-board card is proprietary and left me banging my head against the wall trying to make it work. A couple of weeks ago I decided enough was enough. I searched Newegg for a PCMCIA WiFi card that would work with Linux. I found one but it seemed a little… cheap. Of course it was out of stock but they offered to send me an email when it was available.

Last week I got the email. I went online and purchased the card thinking that I’d only be out $20 if it didn’t work and I could get most of that back by returning it. I did the three-day shipping from UPS and ended up waiting four days for it because the shipment was rescheduled after they realized it wasn’t in the same state as I was on the day it was supposed to be delivered. I figured that was a slight problem and apparently so did they.

So yesterday I just happened to walk out on my front stoop and noticed that a box had been carelessly tossed up there. Handy. In the box was a shiny new WiFi card. The instructions in the box were for setting it up to work with Windoze (15 pages worth) and a driver CD. I was thinking that with no mention of Linux in the paperwork that I was in for some trouble. My Fedora laptop was already booted up so I pushed the card into the PCMCIA slot on the side and waited for something to happen.

I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen, maybe a pop-up saying that I had done something or… well, anything. Well, nothing happened. I clicked on the Network Manager icon at the top of the screen and was pleasantly suprised to see my wireless network displayed in the list! How cool! That would be a zero-configuration install right there. After transferring the WPA2 key to my laptop and putting the MAC address in the WAP I was up and running. VERY COOL!

I’d say to anyone to get one of these cards but I noticed earlier that they were sold out again. So go get in line if you want one.

ADA Tour de Cure

Last weekend was CRAZY! 105+F heat index and over 300 bicycles somewhere between Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary and Oxford NC. Yep, it was that time again… The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Where else can you find enough crazy people to ride their bikes somewhere between 75 and 100 miles each day in this kind of heat? Well, it was all for a good cause.

I am a member of the Carolina Helping Hams and generally manage the voice and data radio nets and manage resources. I used my handy dandy Fedora laptop for managing my resources and managing the data side of the house. It was great to show visitors that we were using Fedora and other open source software for management.

I’d also like to point out the sightings of a few Red Hat folks on the course. Hopefully next year there will be more Shadow Man sightings (and cooler temperatures).