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Because I can!

Today's phrase is "Because I can."

I'm currently sitting in the back seat of my older brother's Xterra, going about 70mph on the New Jersey Turnpike on our way home from NYC.

I'm writing this entry from my laptop. My laptop is connected via Bluetooth to my cell phone, which is providing a reasonable if slow network connection to the Internet. The catch? Verizon disabled this feature on the phones they sell. While we were sitting in NYC traffic waiting to go through the Holland Tunnel, I was able to find, download, and install a 3rd party hack that re-enables the dialup networking feature on the phone. My laptop and phone recognized each other and connected immediately. The laptop properly identified the dialup networking profile on the phone. The hack page correctly described how to configure Windows to use the bluetooth 'modem'. Everything worked, perfectly, the first time around. And I'm on the Internet, from the back seat of a car on the New Jersey Turnpike... because I can.

And that's today's phrase.

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DSLReports tests my connection at 103kbps down, 87kbps up. That's almost twice as fast as normal dialup.

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We just passed through the Baltimore Harbor tunnel... And my connection didn't even stall.

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harlkyn
Mar. 20th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
::hehe:: That's the reason I do stuff.

It's the reason I have a proxy cgi script installed on my webserver, so I can bypass the web filtering software my company installed on their internet access.
kemanorel
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
You use your companys internet access??

I pipe all my web browsing through an ssh connection to a friends server in california. A friend who doesn't live far from you in fact. Oh and the catch?

All the data is encrypted.

My company has no idea what I'm browsing. And it'll always stay that way.
harlkyn
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Only when I'm in Costa Mesa at the factory itself. They block all the gaming sites, the hacker sites, anything that someone migth find interesting...

I'd like to be running OpenVPN actually, that lets you do *anything* on the net encrypted, including non-web browsing stuff.
icecor
Mar. 20th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do that, too, with Cingular. ...and get unlimited down an' up for only 20 bucks a month. :D
gryph0n
Mar. 20th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Only bad thing about BlueTooth is that it still can't charge your phone from the laptop. Maybe v2.0 with built-in microwave beam technology. :D

I origionally looked at the Verizon phones with the Bluetooth for Internet connection, and wondered why the hell the decided to leave it disabled the way they did. The phone was also rediculously more expensive for just the crippled BlueTooth, so I opted to go with a less expensive phone and an $8 datacable off of eBay that lets me connect AND simultaneously charges the phone. Not to mention that Verizon's $30 datacable will NOT charge your phone - go figure! :P
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