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Geek Roadtrips Through the Heartland

chrisd posted more than 11 years ago | from the wireless-goodness dept.

Technology 276

While researching a roadtrip which I'll be taking from St. Paul, Minnesota to Placerville, Ca I did what any geek would do, I checked out the t-mobile hotspots along the route (some), did various searching on wi-finder (some) and other sites and have been doing some googling around on the topic. I know that there must be some 802.11b access points along and inside the towns along I-80, but for the life of me I'm finding it difficult for me to find any of them. I of course have various wireless sniffing apps, but that is hardly an efficient way to find access. I don't mind paying a small fee, so....with that in mind, if you were to take a trip across the country, where would you stop for access? For specifics, Read More...If you live along I-80, what are your favorite haunts with wireless? Specifically, I plan on stopping for meals or sleep in Des Moines, Lexington, Cheyanne, Rock Springs or thereabouts, Salt Lake City and maybe Reno and points along the long, bleak road between Reno and Salt Lake. But it's clear that the net needs a good reference for places to check your email through out middle america, so post here even if you want to talk about a great unknown spot in Oklahoma or something away from my route. If you own such an establishment, let us know!

On a side note, the futility of my search seems soemwhat silly, as there are clearly people who use the internet in these towns. Anyhow, I really look forward to seeing your responses! Also, any high quality, unique dining reccomendations would be really appreciated. Also, funny roadside attractions or must see geek spots are welcome, as I intend on blogging my cross country trip as it happens and would like to have something to talk about other than the state lines I cross and the number of retreads I dodge.

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frost goat (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473337)

geeks are gay

Re:frost goat (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473390)

Agreed. Most of the self-proclaimed "UNIX Guru" types I know aren't even particulary smart. They just learn enough about a topic to fake knowledge. It really pisses me off that I have to work with one of those idiots, listening to his half-assed ideas and unfunny jokes and shit. This jerk calls himself a geek because he can download a tool to scan wireless networks, yet is unable to code his way out of a paper bag.

One day, I'll punch him in the face. I swear.

why (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473338)

why are you so lame

Stop freeloading (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473515)

You cheap fucking communist, why do you insist on freeloading for a connection to the .NET? Everyone know's that an Internet connection is a privledge for those with means to pay for it, now for GNU Hippie types that think software and access should be free.

Get a fucking life, and get out of this country you cheap bastard.

First (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473340)

First

Trips (3, Insightful)

dknj (441802) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473343)

Don't take any computers if you can, you enjoy the world better when it has your complete attention.

I'm driving to Florida this week and told everyone they won't be able to reach me until I get back.

-dk

Yeah (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473358)

Hopefuly you won't be heard from again!

BONG!

Re:Trips (3, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473405)

No way!

I'm taking a cross country trip for the sole puprose of enjoying the many wi-fi enabled Starbucks along the way.

I plan on uploading pictures of these interesting starbucks to my website, commenting on the cultural and rural differences I find in each.

Thank god for technology!

Re:Trips (4, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473472)

You know, ubiquitous presence is cool and everything (although not nearly as cool as it would have been, say, 5 years ago) but really, the world is not waiting with baited breath for real-time updates of your trip across the states. I mean, not that it wouldn't be nice or anything, but it *can wait till you get home.* The whole "wow" factor of getting a stupid IP address at any given spot is gone. It's done. It's about as exciting as "woo hoo! I can make a phone call!" or "yow! Flush toilets all the way!"

Re:Trips (4, Insightful)

germinatoras (465782) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473436)

I couldn't agree more. I just spent a few hours in one of our state's great parks. While I live in a fairly developed area (and getting more developed all the time), it's good to get away from it all for a while.

Taking a peaceful walk in the woods, or going for a long, straight drive down a quiet highway with the radio turned off and the laptop hundreds of miles away...it's very relaxing.

Re:Trips (2, Insightful)

mstrjon32 (542309) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473485)

Amen. I hate my cellular phone. There are days I just want to throw it out the window on the freeway. When I am out, off work, I don't want other people interfering with what my life. It's a horrible electronic leash. When I broke my laptop last year, I was very upset for a few weeks, but I never replaced it and I couldn't be happier. Leave the internet and all the connectivity at home. You will be a happier person. I guarantee it.

Re:Trips (3, Funny)

foxtrot (14140) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473493)

Don't take any computers if you can, you enjoy the world better when it has your complete attention.

But if you don't take any computers, what do you wire into the car stereo to play your mp3s?

Real geeks can't afford iPods anymore, you know. :)

-JDF

Re:Trips (5, Insightful)

riqnevala (624343) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473543)

Don't take any money, 'cause it's capitalist crap.
Don't take any clothes, you will enjoy the highway better in the nude.
Don't take any gas, as it is polluting the earth.
Don't take the car, you need the walk anyway.
Don't take this seriously, as this is sarcasm.

I can't understand why do people take such stress with computers, that they cannot relax if it is nearby. It is a tool, for fun and work altogether! I could manage my life without the computer, but I simly will not.

--
Forget humor to see the insightfulness.

Must be a Mac user (0, Flamebait)

polv0 (596583) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473547)

As a native Midwesterner (born and raised in Kansas) who has migrated to the City (Manhattan to be specific) and who misses the countryside, I must protest.

To proceed somewhat logically:

1. You are not traveling for the purpose of arriving at your destination, for clearly
airfare [travelocity.com] is cheaper, therefore you must be traveling for some alternative reason.
2. The Midwest, by definition as only partway to somewhere else, is an intermediary place. You don't travel to the Midwest, you travel through it. Therefore stopping is tantamount to etymological excoriation.
Since you are not traveling to arrive at a destination, you must be traveling to either:

1. Enjoy the ubiquitous spaciousness of the scenery, or

2. Hyper-inflate your ego
The very act of bringing your computer along with you obfuscates the beauty of the Midwest. Attempting to remain connected to the internet and actually blogging your journey, undeniably proves the latter reason.

I can therefore conclude, as my final non sequitur, that you are a Mac user, since they obviously enjoy appending useless hype [apple.com] to revered foundations [linux.com].

Must be a cock sucker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473658)

To proceed somewhat logically:

1. You are not typing for the purpose of making any express point that anyone is interested in hearing, for clearly Slashdot (slashdot.org) is not the place to do so, so you must be typing for some alternative reason.

2. You're a moron.

Since you are not typing because you want to make a point, you must be typing either to:

1. Flame Mac users, or
2. Give your hands something to do while someone stuffs a length of man-meat into your mouth.

I can therefore conclude, as my final sequitur, that you are a cock sucker, since they obviously enjoy appending useless crap (http://slashdot.org/~palvo) to revered foundations (http://goatse.cx).

Agreed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473551)

The first thing I try to do is break my laptop and accidently leave my cell phone charger at home. Vacation isn't for working.

Re:Trips (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473637)

if you're in Kansas City, MO - go to Westport - and locate the restaurant called Harpo's [it's a small district] - there you would have wireless internet access.

From Saint Paul (3, Informative)

thoolie (442789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473345)

Well, if you are in St. Paul, if you get on to 35W through Minneapolis or hit I-94 through downtonw st. paul, i can gurantee you that you will find some net access, if anything esle, you can always hit up down town cyber cafe'. St. Paul/ Mineapolis is a really great place to play with some of the new technology (it is the birth place of Best Buy, after all). But if you need anything from the twin cities, feel free to ask!

Why on *earth* not a modem??? (1)

0x0d0a (568518) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473492)

i can gurantee you that you will find some net access, if anything esle, you can always hit up down town cyber cafe'

Either cyber cafes or (simpler) a modem both came to mind. This seems far easier. If I needed 'Net access, I'd probably have a laptop, slap a modem and get an account with a national ISP, and be happy as a clam. This guy isn't going to be downloading movies onto his laptop during the road trip (I would imagine), so I can't see any reason this wouldn't work. There are phones *everywhere* in the US.

Re:From Saint Paul (1)

Publicus (415536) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473601)

Not sure if it's only Twin Cities or what, but Dunn Brother's coffee shops are offering wireless internet for free.

They're less evil than Starbucks... :)

Enjoy it (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473349)

It's not really the heartland you're traveling through. The heartland is just farm after farm after fricking farm. Traveling through Kansas is damned boring. I'd say enjoy the trip, because out west in the mountains is beautiful. Enjoy the scenery. And be glad it's not all wheat and corn fields reeking of cow manure. ;-)

Re:Enjoy it (0, Offtopic)

maxmg (555112) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473362)

And be glad it's not all wheat and corn fields reeking of cow manure.

Well, at least that problem seems to have been solved, according to previous article [slashdot.org]...

Re:Enjoy it (1)

milktoastman (572643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473457)

Come on, if you grew up in that environment (corn and wheat fields, that is, which don't stink, only cattle and pig lots do), then you'd think it was homely and comforting. I did, and I while I appreciate mountains and enjoy the cities, they aren't home. Don't knock the heartland, bee-yoy.

Re:Enjoy it (3, Insightful)

Cloud 9 (42467) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473581)

The heartland is just farm after farm after fricking farm. Traveling through Kansas is damned boring.

Boring for some, yes. But having spent the first 12 years of my life there, and spending the next 12 years in New York, I find myself pining for that flat, open nothing more often than I'd like.

For instance, did you happen to look up at night while you were there? It's amazing.

Re:Enjoy it (1)

thellamaman (631602) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473654)

Umm.. I think he's going through I-80 in Nebraska, which is pretty much "farm after farm after fricking farm." It's not that far away from Kansas (an hour or so in most places). I would call it the Heartland, at least until he gets to Wyoming. Then it's pure Joy and Beauty.

(from a Kansas native)

nothing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473351)

there is absolutely **nothing** of any value on the front page of slashdot today.

hey guys, can I pay you $20 so i am an "elite" member of this horseshit fag^D^D^Dweblog?

Ask china. (-1, Flamebait)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473352)

I thought this was Ask Slashdot, not ask the western US along the I-80.

But slashdot... (0, Offtopic)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473449)

as has been repeated several times by the people who run the site, is US centric, because the people who run the site are from the US. And it's not just US centric in topic, but also in readership. Besides, even if one is not from the US, that fact does not preclude one from having taken a road trip through the western US. /me slaps himself for responding to trolls/flamebait.

wifi is alive in central Iowa (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473354)

When you come the the Des Moines area, there is Prairieinet.net. They are a rural ISP that uses wifi. I don't know how open their sites are, but it is worth a try. http://www.prairieinet.net. and see a list of their sites.

FUCK YOU COCKSMOKER!!!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473357)

Only a degenerate ass-bandit would ask such a fucking dumbasses question. On second thought, only a turd-burglar would ask slashdot in the first fucking place.

We got the O-face (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473359)

Skip the stop in Des Moines and just keep on trucking into Omaha. I know our downtown area is rife with wireless networks. And if you don't want to run the risks of tapping into a local business's WLAN, there are several hotels in the area which have free wireless setup right in the hotel. and have fun making that drive.....iowa through to denver is about the flatest, boringest drive in the entire world.

Re:We got the O-face (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473670)

iowa through to denver is about the flatest, boringest drive in the entire world.

Apparently you've never driven on I-57. Haven driven both I-80 from Denver to North Platte and I-57 from Effingham to Chicago, I can tell you there is absolutely no comparison.

Stop for Access? (0, Redundant)

jaaron (551839) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473361)

if you were to take a trip across the country, where would you stop for access?

Can't you just enjoy the scenery? I mean, wouldn't that be the whole point of taking a cross country vacaction? If you must record the whole thing digitally, it can always be uploaded to a site when you get back.

I think too many people have forgotten about the "off" button. Wonderful invention you know. :)

You sir, (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473370)

are a redundant ass. Please remove yourself before you embarrass us anymore.

Re:Stop for Access? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473378)

Dont you mean 'Mode execute standby' button? ;)

Re:Stop for Access? (1)

shepd (155729) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473434)

>Can't you just enjoy the scenery?

BAH! BORING!

Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, I guess. When I was a kid my parents would take me on such trips, and I'd lie in the back of the car and wonder if it is possible to sleep for 24 hours a day without going into a coma. "But the beach looks so nice, why don't you just enjoy it?". Pffft. Sleep time.

Now, give me something to do with some excitement, like watch a building collapse or riding the gravitron [optusnet.com.au] (for once being fat makes the ride more fun), and I'm in the zone. ;-)

Re:Stop for Access? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473474)

It almost sounds as if you are just of the age where you don't have to go on trips with your parents anymore. Don't worry, you'll be going on some of your own soon... ;-)

Re:Stop for Access? (1)

igotmybfg (525391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473512)

>Can't you just enjoy the scenery?

BAH! BORING!

There is something to be said for getting away and just seeing what's out there. The scenery can be boring; however, if you're going somewhere that you've never been before you should at least give it a look, and even go out and do something, like go swimming at the beach, for example. I mean, come on... how much can you know about yourself if you've never just done something to see what it's what like, instead of relying on modern technology to mediate your experiences? The thing to keep in mind is, there is always something to be learned no matter where you go - so go! and figure out what it is!

I know! (1, Funny)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473365)

Archive all your webpages you ussually look at on to a CD and bring it with you, that way you can read everything you normally would! =P

Re:I know! (5, Funny)

mmckinstUM (447480) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473594)

That wouldn't really work for a site like slashdot. I mean, you'd put the CD in and load the front page and all the stories would be dupli..... oh wait, nevermind.

I don't get it... (2, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473368)

You said you're willing to pay, right?

So, there's net access all over the place -- libraries, Internet cafes, any remotely modern hotel or motel. What's with the insistence on wireless access?

Re:I don't get it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473487)

Maybe to get a DUI on your record (Driver Using the Internet)?

Re:I don't get it... (1)

aaarrrgggh (9205) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473565)

Actually, hotels with wireless aren't as plentiful in many areas as you would expect.

Starved in Richmond, VA.

you will have to find them yourself (4, Insightful)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473376)

i go on long bike rides. i used to take my handheld PC with me, but soon i figured it is hard to find a wi-fi spot. So i bought a conector for my nextel phone (approx $45) to my IPAQ and I enjoy connectivity whenever and wherever i want.

Ram your internet access up your ass you faggot!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473384)

people like you make me fucking sick. you are a fucking cocksucker. this has got to be the STUPIDEST thing on slashdot in awhile. you stupid fucking fag. this site is SHIT

Re:Ram your internet access up your ass you faggot (-1, Troll)

mc_wilson (619464) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473469)

Actually it might have been the stupidest thing until you showed up.

This is kinda interesting; living in the midwest I have to say that there isn't much for technology here though.

some sites. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473387)

largest truck stop in the world is off I-80 in Iowa. there's some wierd bridge thing in NE but i have no idea what it is. Also in NE, between Omaha and Lincoln, is the SAC Museum, a decent Air Force museum about the Strategic Air Command.

oh, and if you're worried about wireless access, stay home. try and make your trip at least a little adventurous, just b/c you're taking interstates doesnt mean you cant have some puny semblance of fun.

Re:some sites. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473560)

That would be the Platte River Road Arch near Kearney, NE (as seen in About Schmidt).
http://www.archway.org/

Re:some sites. (1)

m_xiphias (642051) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473645)

Heh, and I thought he was talking about that McDonalds and rest stop built on an old overpass over the road. I forget where that is, but it's somewhere in the trip between Iowa and Nebraska... yeah, I was asleep for most of that trip :) -m_xiphias

Here is an idea- (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473394)

Quit being such a nerd. Then you won't have to worry.

Lincoln Neb. (4, Insightful)

ender81b (520454) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473400)

Well since you are on I-80 you will be driving through Lincoln, Nebraska. I have a couple of suggestions. One, you can try driving through campus (university of nebraska-lincoln) to pick up some internet.

Also, you could drive by my house - I leave a WAP open to all (well bandwith capped at 256/256 for non-fixedlease DHCP address's). Heh, I decided to do this right after I went on vacation and relied on other people's WAP's for internet. I would suggest driving around campus and the college areas, kids always leave open WAP's and the university has a number of WAP's open to all that you can pick up. Downtown also has a ton of WAP's.

Re:Lincoln Neb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473431)

Cool! Kudos to you for doing that on purpose. How do you make sure your connection is not abused though?

Re:Lincoln Neb. (2, Insightful)

ender81b (520454) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473478)

Cool! Kudos to you for doing that on purpose. How do you make sure your connection is not abused though?

Well like I said the connection is capped at 256/256kbits for non-leased IP's. I assign fixed-lease IP's by MAC address and if your mac isn't in the database you get one of the capped IP's. 256/256 I figure is plenty if people are jsut wardriving and wanting to check email/surf web, etc for a bit of time.

Re:Lincoln Neb. (1)

Jonny 290 (260890) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473549)

I believe he's talking abuse as in somebody coming by and downloading a bunch of child porn and making threats on government officials' lives, not excessive leeching.

Re:Lincoln Neb. (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473598)

Here's my question. How do you actually do that? I can config DHCP to autoconfig any WLAN to .128 and above. Do you key off the IP address and cap it there with whatever program? Documenting this would be very usefull.

I Would Be Willing To Bet (4, Funny)

n3rd (111397) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473401)

Another editor starts the same journey in a few days and doesn't realize it's already being done until they both stumble across each other at 11:00 PM at a Motel 6.

at Slashdot editor's problem with dupes

I bet (-1, Troll)

i_need_no_nick (577071) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473407)

You're also looking for all the live chicken oral beheading hotspots too, being a geek, eh?

Re:I bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473625)

Nobody needs help finding those, though. You can't go 5 miles without seeing a sign for one.

chrisd... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473408)

you sir are a shitbag

and dumber than a god damn nigger

My trip... (5, Informative)

PhaseBurn (44685) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473413)

I live in Gold River, CA (not that far from Placerville) and basically did your trip in reverse... A co-worker of mine had to move back to Philly, PA, and we decided to road-trip it... Reno, believe it or not, doesn't provide an abundance of internet access at all... They want everybody to gamble instead... I think I found 1 cafe that provided internet access while up there (And it was for a LAN party months prior, not on this trip), and, it wasn't even wireless... was your standard RJ-45 jack, but it worked... There was nothing between there and Salt Lake City, at least on I-80... I didn't even see many signs of civilization, let along, technology...

Salt Lake City has a few internet cafe's, though I don't remember any of their names... I know they were relativly close to the highway... We only passed through Salt Lake, so I didn't get to patron any of them, nor do I know if they're wireless or not...

We then went out to Cheyenne and didn't find a hotel with access, or any establishments either... Over all, it was pretty dull... Nebraska was the same way... I did find a nice location out in Indiana that had wireless access advertized, but it was closed when we drove by... The only internet access I got my entire trip was in Chicago, when we stayed at a friend's house... He let me plug my laptop into his cable modem for a few to check my mail and what not... That's about the extent of my trip... We didn't look that hard, so I probably am missing a whole hell of a lot... but I hope it helps...

Best of luck, Chris, safe trip!

Re:My trip... (2, Informative)

sweetooth (21075) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473588)

Reno has a cafe with Internet access? Where?

Anyway, I seriously doubt you will find wireless access anywhere in Reno that doesn't require using someone elses connection covertly. Or swing by my place I don't care if you use my access point.

Although, the proximity of Reno and Placerville makes me wonder why one would even want to stop except to get gas. I'd just pass right through town without thinking twice.

Also, beware the trip through Reno, there is currently road construction on I-80. Starting monday the west bound lane will be reduced to one lane and several exits/entrances will be closed through September.

consider a plug (5, Informative)

mlknowle (175506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473423)

First, I'm sure a lot of people are going to suggest that you forgo the interenet altogether. There is something to be said for this; it sounds like you trip is, at least in part, designed to be an adventure, and being 'offline' might enhance it.

That said, if you do decide to go online, for blogging or e-mail, pick up a prepaid phone card, enter the 800#, your pin, and a juno access number into the PPP settings, and then every phone jack you see on your way will be a 'net access point. Wireless is fun, but if you just need to transmit text, the phone connection is easiest, redily availible, and certinly powerfull enough.

PS - it sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy yourself.

Re:consider a plug (1)

chrisd (1457) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473518)

Yeah, I've got my list of dial-up numbers for my provider, I actually wouldn't mind not logging in, but I want to keep tabs on what's going on at my company and slashdot and stuff.

But thanks.

Chris

don't miss the real hotspots... (5, Informative)

urbazewski (554143) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473452)

Looks like you'll be passing some of america's finest roadside attractions as well, like the Mitchell Corn Palace [roadsideamerica.com], Bedrock City [roadsideamerica.com], and the statue of Crazy Horse [crazyhorse.org] under construction in South Dakota. After that it's straight into Jackalope territory ...

NE (1)

The Mainframe (573877) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473462)

Hey... get on I-91 instead and cruise through New Hampshire. Stop by my house and you can use my 56K dialup-supplied acccess point...

The you can rape him (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473496)

Like all of the other school-boys you lure into your house.

About two years ago... (4, Insightful)

foxtrot (14140) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473468)

I took a road trip across the southern US. I loaded up my pickup truck with a tent and a laptop in Atlanta and wound up in Alamogordo, NM before I turned around and headed home.

Every KOA campground (er, "kampground") I stayed at had a phone jack for plugging your laptop into in one of the public areas, usually the rec room (though in one it was the laundry facility.) Dialup may not be sufficient for, say, uploading the day's digital pictures to your webswerver, but it's enough to check email and at least do the text portion of a 'blog.

I dunno where you're planning on overnighting on your trip, but if campgrounds have phone lines, I'd guess darned near any hotel does, too. And if you're not crashing at a hotel or a campground, please, find somewhere to take a shower. :)

Ssk Alashdot: Mah BALLS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473473)

I've spent all day masturbating to 16 year-old cam whores, now my balls hurt. What can I do? Oh, and does this make me a dirty old man?

Thanks Slashdot!

Minneapolis/St. Paul area (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473480)

1. goto the University of minnesota...the majority of the networks there(that I work on) require a U username password but there's a lot of rogue networks, and I would assume most any campus will have some wireless you can find....
2. Dunn Bros is one of the cybercafes another poster may have been refering to...they offer free access inside with a coffee or just sit outside...they're scattered through the area.

Ok, this is really freaky (or rather geeky) (4, Insightful)

malraid (592373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473494)

Look, if you want to enjoy your trip, leave all your gear home. I enjoy technology, but it has to have limits. Shortly before year's end I took a trip with my friends to the beach. There was no cell reception, and it was great!!! I work as a freelance sysadmin/computer geek for hire, and generally have to stay in touch. I limited myself to check my voice mail a couple of times. In the only voicemail I got from a client, he was just calling to wish me a happy new year. Hell didn't break loose while I was "out of touch." I love techonoly (I currently have 5 computers setup in my room, but should drop to 3/2 soon) but there are times when everyone needs to unplug (or get away from wi-fi access or whatever) Do you really think you need to be hooked up? I'm pretty sure you don't, try it and you'll see.

It's not the first time I've crossed the country.. (1)

chrisd (1457) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473532)

I should also point out that when I was a kid, we crossed the country somethign like 2 tiems a year to go see family. I intend on checking things out, but I do have some work to keep up with and wireless will make it possible to do it quicker than with dialup, so I have more time to chill.

I totally appreciate the sentiment though.

Chris

what sort of holiday is it with computers?... (4, Insightful)

EvilCabbage (589836) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473501)

... a pretty bad one.

Why not try doing the "stupid tourist thing" and avoid computers for a while? See the sights, appreciate some wilderness, pick apples, etc..etc... just something that may give you a new outlook, and perhaps distance you a bit from the day to day life we all try and avoid when we go on a holiday.

Hey faggots -- take the Hershey Highway (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473514)

What do you fucking need, a map to every schoolyard? A map to every Gay bar? What the hell is wrong with you fags? Can't you take a trip without sticking your cock into someone's poop chute?

Road trip? How 'bout the Hershey Highway . . .

Bonneville Salt Flats (0)

jayoyayo (650349) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473517)

and points along the long, bleak road between Reno and Salt Lake

You might wanna look into the Bonneville Salt Flats [saltflats.com]. I don't think theres any actual races 'til Aug, but you might be able to catch some speed trials or something. We're talkin highest-landspeed record-setting vehicles that propel across the salt flats at speeds that make Nascar drivers shit their pampers.

If you must (2, Insightful)

djupedal (584558) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473520)

Blogging across country? Please....

But if you must, pick up a GSM cell phone and simply dial in to Juno, etc. Otherwise you'll spend all your time looking for access, and not smelling the roses.

I mean what are you going to do...stop at every StarBucks just to tell the world you've stopped at every StarBucks?

Hey!!! Cool!!! I'm calling you from the airplane/highway/truckstop/motel!!!

on i380 (3, Informative)

crablouie (7844) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473525)

the hawthorne inn in cedar rapids (25 miles north of 80) has wifi access that blocks http but is open to ssh and pop3 last I checked.

Meet the locals at the library (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473544)

Find the local public library. You might have to register and show ID to get a machine with a fast connection but you'll see locals and get a chance to talk to real people.

Use the restroom, wash your hands, interact.

Re:Meet the locals at the library (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473556)

Use the restroom, wash your hands, interact.

Translation:

Get butt fucked in a stall by local fairy boys.

Put me in "Geeks Gone Wild" video (5, Funny)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473561)

Hao wants to host the first wet DeCSS t-shirt contest in history! Set me up with Natalie Portman please.

location location location (2, Funny)

ohzero (525786) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473569)

You're starting out in St. Louis and have an end objective of Placerville? That's like leaving hell to go ...somewhere even worse.

what a great idea (-1, Troll)

Slashdotess (605550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473570)

what a great idea, take a vacation to find other places to sit around on your ass reading slashdot

Multiple Personality Disorder? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473575)

...but for the life of me I'm finding it difficult for me to find any of them

'me' as in myself and Irene, or another unnamed personality?

St. Paul Wireless (4, Informative)

SuperQ (431) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473582)

Hopefully, you're aware of the Twin Cities Wireless User Group.

http://www.tcwug.org

We have a map system of available access points, and other fun stuff

why is everyone so down on bringing gear along? (5, Insightful)

dknight (202308) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473595)

What, exactly, is so great about unplugging for a while?

I take my laptop and cell phone on every trip. I dont use them to work, I use them to play. I like to stay in touch, to be able to talk to people, and to do all the fun things I do with them when I'm not at work.

Plus, on the off chance that some emergency should come up (it's happened), I CAN be reached.

As far as people griping about the whole wireless thing, I think it's pretty cool that he's looking for wi-fi hotspots. Ok, so the world may not all be wireless yet, but we're trying, and what's the point of implementing this cool new tech if nobody's gonna use it? Sure, when I go places with my laptop, I fully expect to have either no net access, or dialup, but I bring a LAN cable and my wireless card anyway, just in case I luck out, and when that happens, I am one happy camper.

There's just something about being able to lie on the beach, work on my tan, and be playing starcraft with my friends back home that appeals to me ;)

Remember folks, for some of us, technology makes our lives BETTER. I dont think I've ever thought of tech as a burden, and before I get all those angry comments asking if I've ever stepped outside and appreciated nature, yes, I have. I thoroughly enjoy rock climbing, ice skating, roller blading, and a variety of other non-tech outdoor activities. I've been to italy, greece, turkey, and about half of the 50 states. I've seen the world, and you know what? With a few exceptions (greece was seriously bad ass), it was pretty boring, and some good tech would have made it much more fun for me.

Re:why is everyone so down on bringing gear along? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473664)

I've been to italy, greece, turkey, and about half of the 50 states. I've seen the world

that's hardly the world, and it's not a matter of seeing the world, its a matter of participating in it. if you're hunched over a laptop, you wont participate (meet the ppl, not just drive through and say, "well, i've been to montana now")

, and you know what? With a few exceptions (greece was seriously bad ass), it was pretty boring, and some good tech would have made it much more fun for me.

i've been through most U.S. states and some 40-50 countries. had i spent my indoor time looking at a computer screen instead of meeting people, i wouldnt have thought much of any other place either - missed paticipating in the student protests (quite different in Latin America than they are in the US), missed meeting other travellers from around the world, missed being invited to some local's house for dinner, or to a fellow camper's site for some drink( sorry, cant have to check my email??).

sure i still check my email and carry a laptop where practical, i've nothing against that. but if your trip is boring, and a laptop will make it more interesting, then you need some serious work in observation and social skills.

oh, wait, this is slashdot.

Stop at Apple Computer Stores (1)

maclassicuser (603909) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473610)

All their stores should have wi-fi. And there is also excuse me cough cough cough coughcough cough I think you get the picture ^_^.....

Re:Stop at Apple Computer Stores (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473680)

Is this some sort of Mac fuckwit code?

In Communist Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473613)

WiFi spots YOU!!!

A different kind of wireless... (1)

Pettifogger (651170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473638)

I usually leave my computer at home when on the road. However, I do participate in a different kind of wireless that I enjoy every bit as much as the Internet- Amateur Radio. The Technician license is easy to get, you can get a mobile or handheld 2m radio for under $200, and there are never any access fees. Repeaters are everywhere and there are lots of people to talk to. Great fun, try it.

Use a modem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5473639)

Every truck stop in America contains a greasy cafe. At each table you will find a telephone and/or plug available for all your connectivity needs. You will need a dial-up provider that offers a 1-800 number or dial-up software that allows the use of phone cards. It's not superfast, but you can connect any time you need to stop for fuel and food.

Slightly OT, but if I were you... (2, Interesting)

norweigiantroll (582720) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473643)

I'd see some geocaches [geocaching.com] along the trip. Not only are they fun, they often bring you to cool places to see that only locals would know about.

One place to stop (1)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 11 years ago | (#5473682)

I just did the reverse of that same trip last spring . Petaluma, CA to Rochester, MN. It has to be the most boring and barren drive I've ever taken. I stayed at Holiday Inn's all along the way and they all had broadband connections that you could pay in 24 hour chunks. It was about $10.00 as I remember but it worked very well. Didn't really have a need for a connection while driving so that worked just fine for me. I would recommend a stop at the Spam Museum [hormel.com] in Austin, MN. It's good for some laughs. That was about the only point of interest I saw along the whole way, except of course for Reno!

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