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March 15th, 2008:

How (Not) to Wire Up Hotel Broadband

Was cleaning out my digital camera and came upon a shot I had forgotten. Some time back we were in a hotel room with $9.95/day wired broadband (via DSL) and I happened to look under the desk in the room. Boy, there was a mess down there like I haven't seen in a while. I never quite figured out what all that wirework was for, precisely, but it included two hasty splices partially wrapped in plastic electrician's tape, plus a hotel pen that had fallen off the rear edge of the desk and become lodged in the wad. (Dead center.) Wires had been pulled out from behind the telephone jack plate and spliced into a 4-pin phone jack that was literally dangling over a hanked-up data cable. Remarkably, broadband worked just fineā€”and that's the reason I didn't try to rescue the pen.