Tuesday, December 07, 2004

This morning during my commute, I was listening to the (formerly Tony Bruno) Morning Extravaganza on the radio. Tony Bruno hasn’t been on for about six months, and I have NFI what happened to him. I don’t know if he pissed off people at FoxSports or what. I just know that it’s Van Earl Wright (formerly of CNN sports) and Andrew Siciliano now. Anyway, Kevin Nealon (formerly of SNL) was on, pimping the newest Poker offering from the GameShow Network, Poker Royale. It looks like this is the cluster fuck that was described by Felicia in her weeklong series that began here.

Nealon, who you might remember as the man who almost killed Weekend Update when Dennis Miller left, was bland and lifeless. The hosts had to practically use the Jaws of Life to get answers out of him, he sounded so UN-enthusiastic. He admitted to knowing little about poker (gee, what a great selection to host a poker show!). And I’m not sure if he was just tired from making the radio talk show circuit, or if he was genuinely indifferent towards the show. After reading Felicia’s reports of widespread incompetence, it seems likely that Nealon was also disgusted with the GSN and was making these rounds merely to fulfill his contractual obligations. Anyway, it’s on tonight, so if you’re tired of watching Frosty or Rudolph or the Grinch, and you want to see a poorly run poker tournament with an ignorant, apathetic, boring host, you can tune in.

Right now, I’m on a nice little run at the Empire O8 $10 SnGs, cashing in seven straight (one first, four seconds, and two thirds). Strictly play by the numbers for me. Sure, it’s not exactly thrilling poker, but it doesn’t require 100% attention to cash in these, enabling me to intermingle tucking the kids in bed, getting and giving bedtime hugs and kisses, and Christmas shopping on Amazon. I did have one hand that made me cackle out loud, leading my wife to ask me if I was looking at porn. I tried to explain to her that I slowplayed a flopped boat and trapped a turned Broadway, but all I got was a blank stare. Oh well. No telling how well I would’ve done if I had stared at the screen and took my copious notes, but I’ll take my modest profit.

Oh, quick question for my four or five readers. I know a lot of you have wireless in your homes. I’m gonna buy a laptop for the family and go wireless in the house. I worked for Compaq years ago, and my sister works for HP, so I can get a discount on a CompaqHP system (with a free all-in-one printer/scanner/barista/masseuse thingamajig). However, the wireless part has me stumped. I’ve seen reviews for dozens of routers/print servers, but none seem to agree. Linksys, Belkin, Dlink, and NetGear seem to be the big names. Any feedback?


At 9:46 AM, Blogger Scott Chaffin said...

AHA! Something I might be able to help with -- networks.

I highly recommend Netgear for the infrastructure part: the router and the access point(s). I've been using the same router/switch/firewall/print server for three years now. The software upgrades to it are regular enough to keep pace with the network protocol changes and script-kiddie hack attacks. The print server lets me have one printer for the whole house (5 different PCs).

I also went through two different cheapie wireless access points before I went up-market to Netgear a year ago. I have NFI why I didn't do that to begin with.

Make sure that whatever you buy supports 802.11a, b, and g. Those are different standards for wireless and most products support at least 2 of the 3. If I had to choose just two, it would be an 802.11b/g.

One qualifying note: Linksys is now owned by Cisco, the largest networking company in the world. I admire their gear and their company for business use, but I have had trouble with their Linksys line working well with other vendors products. YMMV.

All of this is anecdotal from my own experiences out in the real world. Probably the second biggest piece of advice I can give you is to stick with whatever vendor you pick and try to get all the piece-parts from the same one.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Felicia :) said...

The website actually looks professional. I heard they got Evelyn Ng to co-host it, that should make it watchable.

I wish we had GSN. Tell me how it goes if you watch it.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

I like Linksys. I have a router from them and have used there equipment in the past. I like them. Make sure you get the latest wireless protocol.. security is good! Just remember that! Too many people driving around looking for wireless connections..

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Bench said...

I also have NETGEAR and I love it. Very simple to get it loaded and going.

Take the time to encrypt the connection so people don't take your internet from you.

Also, just watched the first (or second) episode of Poker Royale. Wasn't too bad and Nealon actually had one or two witty things to ad. Ng looked incredible (not hard for her to do) and made it worth a watch the next time around.


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