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Unsecured Wifi

If you find yourself in need of a wifi connection – at a doctor’s office, or somewhere else that isn’t home – and you don’t have a way of turning your phone into a Wifi hotspot*, if you search for available connections and you come upon an unsecured wifi connection – is it ok to use that connection?

Is it fair game because it’s unsecured? Like listening to a neighbor’s music through the open window?
Is it stealing because you have no permission and because you slow down the bandwidth?
If your use doesn’t slow down the bandwidth is it still stealing?

Curious as to your thoughts.

(*or you have no idea how to use that option on your phone because it NEVER works for you.)

Internet Woes

My Internet connection has been acting up the past few days. The phone company tells me there are line errors. They had me installing extra filter thingummajiggies on the phone lines, but that didn’t help. It keeps timing out on me. This morning when I awoke I turned on my laptop and I had no connection for two whole hours. Which meant that Wednesday’s Wacky Signs didn’t get posted till later than usual (thanks, people, for the phone calls and emails wondering if I forgot) and it also meant that I got plenty of other non-puter related stuff accomplished today way ahead of time.

The Bell technician will be here today between 12 and 6. My bet is that he will be here closer to 6 than to 12 but you never know. So I am trying to squeeze in all my errands this morning, as well as doing laundry. The boys have a chore list to work through.

Hopefully this will be a productive day. I just need my Interwebz back….

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Computer Filters

We are planning on setting up a computer for the kids to use, probably once we get down to Monsey full time. The school my boys attend here doesn’t require the boys to do any online research, or much homework at all, so they have no pressing reason to be online. I allow them to check email a few times a week, but am always watching where they go online. Maybe I am a little over protective in this regard, but knowing what’s out there, monitoring them isn’t so wrong.

The schools they will be attending will need more from the kids in the way of homework and research papers and projects and won’t be anti-internet. So the boys will need access to the ‘net. I want them to not feel I am looking over their shoulder all the time, but not be free to go wherever they want to online.

I know there are filters out there that you can tailor to fit your personal preferences – and that can text you or email you when the child tries to access a site he is not cleared for. KoD set one of those up for friends, and he has the technological know how and experience to set this up for us. (phew, because there are some things which this mama cannot do). Which filters do you use, how easy are they for the kids to hack, how easy are they for me to use, if I want to change access to a denied page for the kids? Someone once suggested to me that installing filters means you don’t trust your child to follow your rules. I do trust my children, but I know how much temptation there is out there in cyberspace and I would hate for any of our kids to get sucked into something that they don’t know how to handle.

I guess each child would have different access permissions? Can you set it up like that? What do you do in your house? How does it work? And let me just add on another question. With four kids in the house full time, the other 3 there sometimes – how do you set up a computer schedule so that everyone is happy, without resorting to buying a few laptops?


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A quick funny!

we were at the restaurant the other night for dinner before we went out of town, and the littlest dude who is 6 asked me for some money for the candy machines.  i told him no, telling him i was sorry but “i am broke”. his response “Ima you’re broke? don’t you worry, i am gonna fix you” and he proceeded to kiss me a thlousand [sic] pregnant kisses. He is just so absolutely squishable!!

and in other news……….

ok, my internet time is running out here at Charles De Gaulle Airport. I have to say i love the fact that i had the opportunity to check my emails, to blog, to facebook and to just surf. this has been a very very long day and is far from over