A-List Bloggers get Free Tech Support
I’ve seen this before, but I’m growing keenly aware that A-List bloggers are putting out their seemingly confused musings about some issue (like Doc Searls here) and then get tons of smart people telling them how to perform some task.
Case in point: a guy at least 1,000 times more technical than I am — Dave Winer, the Godfather of RSS and other technical innovations — wonders out loud today about how another A-List blogger, Robert Scoble, will be able to come to his house and connect his Thinkpad to his Apple Airport Express.
Geez…even *I* have setup WPA encryption on an Apple Extreme with two Airport Expresses in order to wirelessly blanket my house with internet connection in a WDS fashion; have six machines in my house connected (five Mac’s and one PC…the latter running WinXP and Ubuntu Linux) and all machines and operating systems are connected.
Was connecting all of these machines and OS’es trivial? Not really…but it’s not that tough especially for someone with the technical acumen that Winer seemingly possesses. That’s why most people just plug in their wireless router when they buy it and leave it wide open and unencrypted. Also, anyone that is 1,000 times more technical than I am oughta know better than to use WEP encryption that has been cracked.
Doc Searls’ issues with Verizon are equally as confusing. He’s wrestled with the same Treo and network provider (Verizon) that I’m using…with virtually no troubles (though I’m pissed at Verizon Wireless too as evidenced by some of my recent posts). I simply don’t understand how a guy that’s been in-the-game as long as he has wrestles with technology like his experiences with his Treo and Verizon.
Trust me. I’m a propellerhead but the propeller on my beanie is kinda small and has to spin really fast sometimes to keep up with technologies. Two guys whom I have admired for some time are showing tiny propeller guys like me a side of themselves that, quite frankly, give me some pause about their other musings.