[rescue] looking for a Multia

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Tue Aug 12 14:43:12 CDT 2003

On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 02:19:39PM -0500, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2003 at 03:10:03PM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> > Is your employer willing to give you connectivity to enable you to work
> > remotely?  And if so, how far are you from work?  You might ask if
> > they'd let you install something like a WaveRider wireless link.
> I'm several miles from work.  Maybe 10?  It takes me about 25 minutes of
> stop and go traffic mostly on 40 mph roads to get from home to work.
> WaveRiders and the like are only good for 2 miles or so, aren't they?

2 miles with an indoor antenna.  25 miles with an external antenna.  2
megabits claimed usable transport, either way, non-LOS.

> Or an I neglecting something?  If I am, please let me know, because I'm
> not far (5 minutes drive, maybe 2-3 miles, but not line of sight either)
> from someone with a nice DSL connection (and I'm sure I could also
> convince them to install a second line for a second connection, or
> consider cable as well). 

That route is workable too.

> Oh, and did I mention I have not a single certification (except to the
> extent that a B.S. counts as a cert)?


> The company that I now work at, I didn't find them.  They found me.  I
> got an email out of the blue (not in response to a resume posting
> online, or a direct mailed or email resume) asking me if I was still
> looking for a job and if so, could I send them a resume.  I suspect that
> someone talked to someone I knew, like perhaps a professor.  I've yet to
> get around to establishing how they were led to me.

I'm told word-of-mouth is virtually the only way anyone's getting hired
any more.  I hear lots of optimistic numbers on the radio, but I think
somebody's got to be lying somewhere.  A few weeks ago, some commentator
on NPR was saying, "Jobless numbers are down by 650,000 or so," and the
next segment they were talking to someone who was saying they had a
survey that indicated "half to three quarters of a million" people had
just dropped off the jobless rolls because they'd given up even TRYING
to look for work, because they'd concluded there were simply no jobs out

(I'll freely admit, I'm about this >< far from being one of them.)

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