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Re: Connecting to the internet during the trip.

From: Doug
Date: 12 Aug 1998
Time: 01:35:15
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The ThinkPad 600 has been working great for most of the trip, although it did fall on the floor once, and now it wants to run scan disk every time, and hangs while doing that saying there is some physical damage to the disk. But it seems to function just fine (knock of wood!) if I skip/exit out of scan disk and just run it.

The iPass process for connecting internationally, which is what first lead me to set up an account with Webbnet, is a miracle. Local access numbers virtually everywhere we go, with the highest cost being $15 per hour, and often as low as $4.75 per hour, all with local phone calls.

Connection speed always shows up as 115,200 using the ThinkPad's internal modem, but obviously throughput is generally much less. We were able to connect fairly reliably in the Maldives, but the throughput was excruciatingly slow, and the line dropped frequently. I suspect they were using a satellite or microwave link to land lines, and that was the slowest connection we've found so far. Most places, like here in Israel, offer excellent connections.

I wish I'd know about iPass while I was travelling internationally on business. It makes life much easier, and it's now hard to imagine travelling with a computer without an iPass account. Great stuff!

Last changed: August 12, 1998