Energy permeated the air as I registered for Tech-Ed this morning. Hundreds
of IT pros flocked the show floor; watching, waiting, and connecting with each
other. Unfortunately this was more than I could say for my wireless network
connection. I'm glad that Microsoft provides Tech-Ed attendees with free wireless
access, in fact I would expect no less. Unfortunately they skimped on the
bandwidth. It took me no less than 10 minutes to access CNET's network and begin
retrieving my e-mail. It seemed the 802.11b network was straining to handle the
traffic attendees were generating. I hope this is just a first-day glitch that
Microsoft will fix as Tech-Ed continues.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.