Sunday, December 31, 2006

How the Bulls Stole Wall Street's Calendar

The Wall Street Journal was a year ahead of itself with a December 2006 Page One article titled:

How the Bulls Stole Wall Street
Behind 2007's Late Surge,
Deals, Profits and the Fed;
Expect the Same Next Year?

Already corrected in the online version:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Internet in the Desert

We spent a night in Death Valley on our way to Las Vegas. Sin City and Mother Nature are a curious combination for a family vacation but I wanted to break the long journey from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas.

We stayed at the Panamint Springs Resort. Water comes from a local well, electricity from a diesel generator; there is no telephone and, you guessed it, no cell coverage.

What they do have at Panamint Springs is a restaurant with reasonable food, extremely friendly service, and… internet connectivity! A bunch of WiFi access points, connected to a VSAT satellite dish, provide a free internet connection to the motel’s guests.

Bandwidth was reasonable, latency acceptable, and the nerd factor priceless.