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The connection fiasco

As you can probably tell from my post yesterday, getting the network set up so that all 3 of us could use the internet was a bit of a pain to say the least (mostly because none of us really had much of a clue about how networks work). There are 4 computers in the house, one of which has been designated a server; however that one is in a very sorry state and needs some attention before it’s usable (a working hard disk and an operating system would be a start). So, in the meantime, the ADSL modem is connected to one of the laptops, and then the other laptops connect to it via a 4 port mini-router. Windows’ standard Internet Connection Sharing is sharing the connection which seems to work well enough.
Thankfully, the ADSL modem was easy enough to install, which is good because I wouldn’t have been able to use the troubleshooting guide anyway. See the pictures below:
On the front:

On the back:

In other news, Blogrolling.com has just sent me the 9th email to remind me that I need to renew my Blogrolling Gold subscription. It runs out on Friday and the messages are now coming daily. Naturally there’s no ‘I’m not interested, leave me alone’ link.

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  1. In other news, Blogrolling.com has just sent me the 9th email to remind me that I need to renew my Blogrolling Gold subscription. It runs out on Friday and the messages are now coming daily. Naturally there’s no ‘I’m not interested, leave me alone’ link.

    Sure there is, assuming that you do like most domain name owners and created a seperate e-mail name for blogrolling, simply forward all their e-mails back to blogrolling.
    I was getting spammed the same way, so I simply forwarded blogrolling@metzener.com to support@blogrolling.com. Problem solved. If they want to notify themselves that my account is running out of time, when I sent them two emails asking them to stop spamming me and that I wasn’t going to renew, well, I figure they can just spam themselves now.
    I’ve done that before too. Lowes (A hardware superstore here in the states) was doing the same after I signed up for a newsletter and later opted out of that same newsletter. I have a few others too.

  2. Hey Neil, if you have any questions about networking, let me know. I have setup several and am decently experienced at it.

  3. Neil – I’m not sure if this would help, but we have about six or seven computers here at home, and they all share a cable connection. I think our router has a port designed for a broadband connection, because we plug the cable modem directly into our router – and problem solved. No need for servers, or anything messy like that.
    Maybe if you guys all chipped in, if you can afford it, and invest in a better router? (I use and recommend SMC as a good brand.)