• There is no cat

    by  • 13 August, 2003 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Well, we’re back online, sort off, as there is no line. Remember Einstein’s cat mentioned last month? When asked to explain the then new phenomenon of radio, Einstein is said to have answered “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat”. Smart guy, this Einstein.

    So, we are wireless, surrounded by no wires at all, as Onslow would say once more. It took a while, because the house owner first didn’t allow me access to the roof to put an antenna. After a while he did but then he wanted me to sign a contract that I wouldn’t “re-distribute” the internet connection to the students living in the appartment building. When I agreed to that, he came up with new hurdles: I would have to put a metal shield of 5 centimeters [sic] around the antenna, because it was a scientifically proven fact that this antenna would seriously hurt his health. That’s when I gave up.

    I started looking for other means and I found them. I just “waved” my antenna around on the balcony in the direction of the city center until I picked up a signal… You don’t have to be smart in this business, you need some luck and lots of time. Thank you all for the time! If there are any of you interested in the technical details, mail me.

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