My first formative experience with networking was installing Linux on a 386 laptop. In the days before PC Cards, getting computers on a network was not a plug-and-play task. My first experience with Wi-Fi required going to war with Windows device drivers, and I expended all that effort so I could walk up to my co-workers and ask them, “What is your favorite website?” and then proceed to call it up without having the computer plugged into anything. Such a simple shtick is what passed for a Wi-Fi demo at the time, and the novelty delighted and amazed people more than many demos I have done since.

The years since then have been an interesting journey. I didn't know it at the time, but my after-hours fighting with that old beat-up laptop ...

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