Internet Access was down when I got back to the hotel after work. Manager was gone and the front desk girl knew nothing. I called this number Tony found for me to move hotel's. Come to find out, they're right next door. "Come on over and use our internet. You can pick it up in the parking lot." It too is wireless. She suggested I call Homestead. They're hardwired to RJ-45 in the rooms! There's a magnet on my refrigerator with the logo for Homestead on it. "For more information log onto ExtendedStayHotels.com." It's a cruel joke indeed. No contact information other than the website. I called Guest Tech again and told them I needed internet access today. They're going to send someone out.
Today I immersed myself in a desktop problem at the other site. Fortunately, I was asked to work on a linux box. Unfortunately, linux is not unix, so it was an arduous task. In the end I determined that the kernel development packages weren't installed and I could not add the serial console to the kernel. In other news, I got my laptop. A Dell Latitude X1. It has a 16x9 screen and a nearly full size keyboard, yet is tiny tiny tiny. It has no PCMCIA slots, but does have an SD and CF slot, bluetooth and wireless built-in. 1.1 GHz Pentium IV Mobile with 768MB of RAM. Wholly adequate. I also got badged today.
Called Guest Tech back after two and a half hours of not hearing from them. They said they'd get someone right on it and that he escalated it to them. I replied, "That's already been done. Two and a half hours ago. I'm curious if they've been doing anything in between my calls, or if they only look at when I call them at two and a half hour intervals. Perhaps they could do something different this time?" Of course that just leads to him repeating the same circular phrase from his help desk book. Asses.
Watched a good three-quarters of Sneakers before the DVD player hit an unrecoverable error due to a large scratch on the DVD and would no longer play. Watched Dogma instead. Pretty powerful movie for a friggin' comedy. My all-time favorite Kevin Smith movie.
The Wireless Access Point is providing a proper IP and gateway now every 45 seconds or so, but still no outside connectivity. And even if it does come up to the point where I can post this, I have no faith that it will be up tomorrow after work and I begin again my vicious cycle.
Internet was up this morning, but only after a reboot of the operating system. I seriously don't understand that. Will likely be BORED OFF MY ASS today. At least I have my laptop. They offered to 'build it out' for me as they have an extensive checklist. I sighed. I really am Tom Waters. I have a meeting with the CIO tomorrow and while the admin had me on the phone, she also wanted to invite me to their next monthly admin meeting! Word around the knitting circle was that a new Manager was in town and they'd sure like to meet me. SUPERSTAR! Never underestimate the power of a VP's admin...