Improve your wireless connection: inSSIDer is a free Wi-Fi network scanner for use with Windows XP and Windows Vista.
I just received an email from a reader (we'll call him "Kevin" ... because that's his name) about a free utility that I think will prove to be jolly useful. After saying how sorry he was to see me leave Programmable Logic Design, Kevin continued as follows:
On the "fun tools" topic, I found this program last night after a Google search when my wife's laptop was dropping connection.
This gives a seemingly-real time trace of the WiFi routers your system can "see". I wish I'd thought of that!
And it's FREE! Within minutes I saw that "everyone" in my neighborhood is using the same channel (the default, 6) and when we moved to Channel 1, all was clear after that!
Wow! This is a good idea, and I can see that this could be very, VERY useful. In fact, thinking about it, our home connection is sometimes less reliable than I might have expected ... hmmm, I think I will test this little scamp this evening.
Meanwhile, in the case of my 1000-miles-walk (see current status below) ... I've received numerous emails asking how – after I leave Programmable Logic Design next Monday – folks will know how I'm doing with regard to the "Max you are a slime" challenge from Jack Ganssle (see blog #212701381). Well, I'm sure Jack will record my victory (and his defeat :-) in his blog on www.Embedded.com.
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=71, R=294|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=213.00, A=254.64, Δ=+41.64, R=745.36|
|Note:|| Onwards to the 300-mile marker...|
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