Invention's Mother


Earlier today, as I was skimming the list of updates on freshmeat, I saw the entry for ping tunnel:

Sitting in a Caribou Coffee shop later in the evening, I was pleased to see that they offered WiFi access. I saw no outward displays of such access, but my laptop happily reported that it was connected to a base station. I could even ping Yahoo!

I fired up my browser, to see what was going on in the world, and was greeted by an SBC captive portal page informing me that I needed to pay $3 for two hours of internet connectivity. Sod that! I can go to Cup O’ Joe and get as much free internet access as I want.

I’m half-tempted to install Ping Tunnel and go back to Caribou Coffee … and circumvent their for-pay system just because I can.

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