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Old 03-29-2005, 11:06 PM   #29
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I just received a Canary HS10 today and it's a keeper. It appears to be exceptionally well built and so far works as advertised . . . unlike the Hawking HWL1, which I sent back last week. After putting the batteries in the Hawking numerous times with no sign of power, I noticed an abnormal gap between the top and bottom plastic sections (only on the left side). I tried closing the gap thinking it might snap in place. It didn't, but the unit powered on. I super-glued that corner, and that worked...for a few minutes, after which time nothing would make it work. Compared to the Canary, the Hawking really felt more like something out of a Cracker Jacks box. Unfortunately, the Canary is now priced at $60 plus $13 for UPS. Oh well, "the bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of a good buy has gone." Precisely why we love our Airstreams.
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:52 AM   #30
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Free Wifi

I have free Courtesy parking with WIFI...near Cooperstown, NY...out in the country.

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Old 03-30-2005, 08:20 AM   #31
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Also, use bb for free calls...

While we're on this thread, I thought I'd let the folks who weren't on chat last night about a service allowing you to make "phone calls" by internet for free. It's a software that allows you to select a user name and use it like a phone number. You can download the software from www.skype.com. You'll need a speaker and microphone (or headset) with an internet connection (broadband recommended).

At work, we used this to make a call over lunch from outside the office (piggybacked a wifi) using a pocket PC to our company rep in France! The connection was clear and easy--and free!

The deal is, to make free calls, you have to call someone who also has skype on their computer. Skype hopes you will want to call regular phones, then they charge a metered connection rate (though the rates are very good).

I'm not connected to skype (except as a user), but I am very impressed with it--and figured that for some here, it might be a way to save on long distance calls!

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Old 03-30-2005, 08:35 AM   #32
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Skype user too

Mary,

I too have used Skype while I was activated as a reservist to call home to talk to the wife and kids. Always worked great, and we saved $$$$. I concur with all you say.

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Old 03-30-2005, 06:17 PM   #33
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Skype & Logitech

Skype's the best. Been using it for about one year now.

Coupled with a Logitech Web Camera, attached to the lid of my laptop, I see and speak with my girlfriend in Brasil from the US most everyday.

The price is right and the connection has mostly been flawless.
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:48 PM   #34
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I have free Courtesy parking with WIFI...near Cooperstown, NY...out in the country.

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Ditto,
But I am in NC near Fort Bragg/Fayetteville area

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Old 03-30-2005, 10:51 PM   #35
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Looks to me like a little duct tape on the kid's mouth would have been worth the investment.
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:21 PM   #36
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I used www.jiwire.com while we were traveling to Wisconsin, but it's often out of date, behind on who has wireless.
The nice thing is you download a database of where wireless service is, and you can look at it while you're offline to find where you want to go next, so when you're in the next state you can see where to go. You download updates whenever you are online.

Just my 2cents...
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:46 AM   #37
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Thank you for that link. I have saved it for use along the road, and do not doubt it will become a much used site.
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Old 03-31-2005, 03:18 PM   #38
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Free WiFi! Come and get it!

I've always left my wifi free and open in every house we've lived in - It's like having a cool yard and no fence. Just a philosophy. And all the kids play at our house, making it easier to keep an eye on my kid.

Here's a site I use for free wi fi in Austin - but it has other listings. Also some rest stops in Texas have wifi. You could (if you planned ahead) check out some free locations, save the list as a word doc and have a whole host of places to go.

http://auscillate.com/wireless/

Or you could park in our drive way. No dump site, but water and elec is avail!
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I used www.jiwire.com while we were traveling to Wisconsin, but it's often out of date, behind on who h as wireless.
The nice thing is you download a database of where wireless service is, and you can look at it while you're offline to find where you want to go next, so when you're in the next state you can see where to go. You download updates whenever you are online.

Just my 2cents...
My favorite is Netstumbler it shows you what systems are available right there and whether they are secured or not. Here are a bunch of other "finder" sites out of my bookmark files:WifiMaps , Wifi Freespot, WiFinder, Boingo

As far as I know all of these links are current, if you find one that isn't holler and I will delete/correct/or update.

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Old 03-31-2005, 06:47 PM   #40
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what about dial-up?

We're going places this summer with no wi-fi...but a number of RV parks advertise "modem friendly". So how do I configure my Windows XP to use my Sam's Club phone card to call back to my home provider? I know it's primitive, but it may be my only option in the Yukon & eastern Alaska.

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Old 03-31-2005, 10:25 PM   #41
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May take some trial and error...

Our favorite campground was in N. Dakota last year and they advertised "Internet Access" on billboard... Turned out that meant: "telephone jack over dryer in laundry".. Upon further investigation a little sign was posted: "We're so far from everywhere, that if your ISP doesn't have an 800 number, you won't be connecting.." We laughed, they were right...

Anyway, if you have phone card, try it to see how process works (dial their toll free/800 #, then code, then target number, then card # ??) and then enter all those into a long string, with comma's to pause about 3 seconds per comma). Should work til value of card gone.. If you're using regular phone co credit card (like SBC or Sprint or Verizon) be prepared for a shock, as rates are in dollars per minute for connect time... (NOT pennies..)

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Jeff just told me I could finally buy my laptop...!! The Micron with the 40 megabyte hard drive goes back to my dad's...(yes, megabytes, not gigs...) Yay! coffee shops here i come...
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