A blast from the past (or something like it)

A long, long time ago, I put my first personal website on GeoCities, for the simple reason that it existed, it didn’t get in my way, and it was free. Over time, the second of those reasons became less true, and I switched to blogging, first at editthispage.com, and then to here. I never bothered moving the GeoCities pages, because that would have been something like work.

But now that Yahoo is going to turn off the lights on GeoCities sometime this year, I decided I didn’t want to lose my earliest web efforts (or at least not the travel stuff), and so I copied all of the actual content to this site.

The only pieces that might be of interest to anyone outside my family are my 1998 trip reports: Australia (mostly for WWW9) and the beginning of a never-completed trip report from Hursley and Paris. I wonder what I was going to write about rugby?

Oh, *that’s* what they mean by “registered card”

I knew that having a “registered” Starbucks Card gave me 2 free hours of AT&T WiFi access, but I’d never actually needed it before today. When I asked the barista how to use the WiFi, he said “all you need is a registered card” — but my card had been registered since I got it and it had no instructions, and the login screen that AT&T put up was, unsurprisingly, useless.

So I dug out my iPhone and plowed through the Starbucks site, eventually logging in at the Starbucks Gold Card page.

Once logged in, I found a “Wi-Fi” link, which let me set up an AT&T account, which let me get onto the network, just in time to have to leave.

But I’ll be set for next trip.