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Sorry, I only ever seem to post here nowadays when I'm begging some sort of help. What shockingly bad manners. Oh well, if anyone has any early medieval history-related problems they want solving...

Anyway, yes, I've been trying to set up a wireless network this weekend, using a Linksys router and networking card for my laptop. I've configured the router and set up a wired connection for a desktop machine, all of which is working fine. However, I'm having trouble persuading the wireless connection to my laptop to work. The card appears to be working fine, and is detecting a number of available networks, including my own. But on connecting the status would be given as 'acquiring network address', and the machine would then never get any further.

Googling would suggest that this appears to be a common issue with Linksys kit under XP SP2: for some reason there is a problem with the automatic assignment of IP addresses. To get around this I've tried going into TCP/IP Properties under Network Connections on Control Panel and assigning a static IP address to the machine. I've used, on the grounds that my desktop machine seemed to be using This has cleared the problem to some extent, in that I'm no longer getting the 'Acquiring Network Address' message, and the wireless network connection icon is showing that I'm successfully connected. Which is marvellous, but I'm still not able to connect to any websites: I'm just getting a Server Not Found error.

Now is this something to do with the other variables in the TCP/IP Properties dialogue which I haven't set?

It asks me for Subnet mask, but values for that appeared automatically when I entered the IP address in the field above, so that's not a problem. But It's also asking me for a value for Default gateway: what do I need to enter there? And where can I find the appropriate values for Preferred DNS server? Should that be the IP address of my router (

Can anyone help? And have I actually diagnosed the problem correctly? Is it these missing values which are causing the problem?

I shall be forever in your debt and proffer half my worldly wealth and my firstborn to anyone who can lend assistance...
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Is there a good reason not to download the Office 2007 Beta (assuming that I know all the usual stuff about no support, nightmare ifyadon'tknowhwatyadoin' etc etc: I'm not asking about betas in general, I'm asking if anyone has specific information that the Office 2007 beta is especially unstable or will do horrible things to my system)? Or should I just stick with, assuming I haven't grown a long beard and died in the time that it takes to load?

A Tale of Gore (tedious political stuff, and not even British politics, either) )

Update: Oh dear, while pottering around that Office download site, I noticed something about 'Windows Defender'. 'Hooray', I thought, 'excellent retro computer gaming is to be included on the next release of Windows'. But it isn't that at all. I think they should be sued for getting my hopes up like that.
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1) Where on earth has Swear gone?

They moved a couple of years ago from that bit close to the entrance to the stables market up to a space in-between Cyberdog and Black Rose, but yesterday when I went there all ready and psyched for Preposterous Footwear, The Buying Of, imagine my horror when I saw that they'd been and upped and left.

I wandered around a bit looking for somewhere they might have hidden themselves, but the hideous leering face and rasping apelike chatter of Homo Camdeniensis pressing in from all sides began to get to [ profile] zoo_music_girl, so we left without tracking it down.

Failing Swear, where else might the well-dressed boy about town find utterly utterly über trainers, do you think? Platforms for preference, but most importantly big and rubbery and cyber-y.

Incidentally and somewhat to my surprise, I think the new bit in the middle of the Stables Market actually works reasonably well. All the jeremiads and end-of-the-world-is-nigh-ishness seems somewhat overdone in retrospect. But then, I'm not sure that alternative kidz are ever happy except when they're being Oppressed and having something to get Very Cross Indeed about.

2) Who's planning on going to see Covenant at Islington in May?

[Poll #690078]

UPDATE! Hell, I knew I'd forgotten something. There is a point 3.

3) Is there a sushi-quality fishmonger that anyone can recommend? In Islington, if poss...
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Can anyone recommend a good electrician in Islington/Barnsbury?
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Are all bluetooth adapters created equal in the sight of God? Or are there better and worse bluetooth adapters? All I want is a thing which'll plug into a USB port and send and receive bluetooth.

A brief search of the net would seem to suggest that such a device is called a 'dongle'. I shouldn't be filled with loathing and hatred by that. It should be a matter of the utmost inconsequence to me. Yet I can't but find such a revoltingly cutesie neologism sickening beyond belief.

Given that I work but yards from the TCR, that presumably would be the place to obtain one. I'm not sure I wouldn't prefer to buy one over the net, though, if only to avoid having to use the word 'dongle' in conversation. I begin to understand some of the enormous benefits that potential purchasers of, say, hardcore pornography must see in commerce conducted by means so joyfully free of interaction with humans. Humans whose eyes one must meet whilst saying 'I'd like a dongle, if you have one, please.'


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