Wi-Fi Rules.

I have a big website to put together tonight. It’s actually the new website for my new marketing firm. For those of you who were wondering why I kinda dropped off the face of the Earth for a little while, it’s because I was launching this new company. But I digress…

Those of you who know me well know that I suck as a graphic designer and web development guy. But the new company can’t afford professional web design right now, so the job is mine. I’ve been procrastinating for weeks on the website, but now I’m up against a deadline. A magazine is doing a feature on our new little company, and they need something to link to when the magazine hits the streets on Monday. This is good. I work well under pressure.

But there’s a lot to be done. Pictures, bios, lots of Photoshop work. Life is about to suck. But I couldn’t be in a better place right now.

I’m typing this to the SDMB while I sit on my mom’s back patio next to the pool. I’ve got my laptop out here, and I’m sitting here surrounded by about 15 citronella candles (to keep the bugs away). It’s dark. Crickets and cicadas are providing soothing background noise. I am in a Hawaiian shirt and cutoff jean shorts. I am extremely relaxed and not bothered by the usual sounds of car alarms, random psychotics screaming in the streets, police cars, overly loud and drunk youths, or anything like the stuff I usually get in NYC.

All of this has been made possible by a little box I bought at CompUSA today. It’s a wireless router with a 4-port switch built in. Three cables, one power plug, 5 minutes of configuration and now I can situate myself anywhere on my mom’s back lawn and do my thing.

Wi-Fi freaking rules.

Yes, it absolutely does. I work for a medical info systems company and I’m wiring, er, UN-wiring ENTIRE hospitals with this stuff. Of course, the stuff I’m using is a tad more sophisticated than the so-ho stuff you get at the local CompUSA. To make it secure we use the units with 128-bit encryption and Cisco ACS servers to drive all the authentication. Regardless, I know whereof you speak…when I’m not on the road installing this stuff, I have a “survey kit” that I hook up to my DSL router here at home and I work from my recliner, the back deck, my bedroom, wherever…it’s SERIOUSLY cool…