A Wife's Christmas Present
By dcb on Dec 18, 2004
I enjoyed Scott Dickson's blog entry on the Joy of Christmas, as well as his quest for a gift for his wife.
I just got home from Best Buy on a similar quest (my wife, not his :-). My wife has been on me for a year to upgrade our home network. Which is strange, since I'm a computer professional and general techno-geek, and she is a wonderful stay-at-home homeschooling mother and wife who can't quite figure out that you don't have to hit CR after each line in a word processor.
Anyway, she now has a laptop. So do I. My Toshiba M2 has built-in wireless. We both need to print. So I bought her a Linksys Wireless-G PCMCIA card for her laptop, a Linksys Wireless-G Router for our home, as well as a new HP 6840 Wireless-G printer (our current printer in a few years old). The printer is on sale for $150.00 (if you also buy a Linksys router, which I did), and is natively network-aware and can be shared with up to 5 computers concurrently.
I know... you might think those were for me :-). Yes, I'll have to get something else for her as well. But I'm going to have fun refreshing my home network over the break. And she will think I'm the smartest man alive. At least, she'll lead me to believe she thinks that :-) I might even buy a wireless bridge and hook a SunRay 1 up in the living room, using a PC running the new SunRay Server S/W that runs on Linux.