Actually, I don't know if it was all XP, or if the network gear was partially to blame. I've got the computers in my office connected by 100BaseT to an Ethernet/WiFi bridge that talks with a Wifi router that gets me out the cable modem, because there are no hard line ports in my office upstairs, and because one of the computers and my LaserJet 5 are not WiFi-enabled. When I got up before the crack of noon today, I was unable to connect from either the iMac or my XP laptop, so I began the tedious task of figuring out where the connection was failing.
After kicking the Ethernet/WiFi bridge, I was able to connect from the iMac without prodding it further - apparently its network drivers are smart enough to renew the lease on DHCP addresses. After two reboots of the XP laptop, I was still unable to even ping hosts on the internal network, and in the end had to kick the cable modem, the cable modem router, the WiFi router and the Ethernet/WiFi bridge and reboot the XP laptop one more time before the fscking thing decided it would talk to the network. Any of y'all surprised that I am thinking of ditching this M$ Windows crap? Once Bawlticon 41 is in the can, I'll be looking to move forward with migrating away from the craptacular M$ products, and onto Apple products that I will eventually probably bitch about just as much. *wry grin*
The ritual sacrifices to the PTBs will now begin, imploring them to pull a 12" MacBook Pro out of their hat at Apple's WWDC this June. Otherwise I reckon it will be a 15" unit.
On a more positive note, I did get a chance to sit down and just chat with jolhoeft, netpositive and geraty last night after the BSFS meeting, which was nice. Ok, so maybe jolhoeft and I did engage in some bit-flipping, but at least jolhoeft has the sense to pull us out of it. Hopefully there will be time for that kind of hanging out at Balticon. I have my fingers crossed.
Anyway, visiting the
outlawsin-laws today to celebrate Mother's Day, so I should get my ass moving. I need a shave and a shower, and I gotta pick up some meds before heading down the road. I'll probably be on my laptop down there working on Balticon shtuff, but that is the way of things. TTFN