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A rather sweet spammer writes: "Your site has very much liked me. I shall necessarily tell about him to the friends."

Nothing on the internet has very much liked me, unfortunately: I hard-rebooted the Airport Express (in order to reset the password (in order to reconfigure it to limit connections to specific MAC addresses (in the hope that it might then be faster because nobody e.g. from next door could sneakily steal our bandwidth))) and it stopped working. Does anybody have a spare Airport to save me from the sharks?

When I say "stopped working", I mean: computer can talk to Airport (and reconfigure it, reboot it, etc.); router is definitely talking to the internet (wired connection direct from router to computer works fine); Airport shows green light and claims it is talking to the internet, but connection from computers to Airport to internet does not happen. I have switched it off and switched it back on again for every possible value of "it" and every possible permutation of the order of switching-on-and-off. I have spent two hours exhaustively comparing my configuration with that of someone who has exactly the same kit/setup, and there is no difference. I have therefore come to the conclusion that something is Actually Broken, though I'm not sure how I have managed to break it by doing exactly what they tell you to do if you want to reset the password.

Earlier this year I also broke the Playstation 2, by switching it on, thereby not only stopping us having that particular shade of fun but also preventing Owen from learning to sing. Bad girlfriend. I then tried to buy a replacement on eBay, but it never turned up (though I did finally get a refund).

If I had the same effect on cattle that I seem to have on consumer electronics, I'd have been burned as a witch by now.
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brrm From: brrm Date: April 18th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does anybody have a spare Airport to save me from the sharks

I think I have a Mk1 airport somewhere you could borrow (i.e. a non-Extreme one. What's the opposite of extreme?)

Alternatively, I expect I could be fairly easily convinced to come and poke your Airport a bit. :)
brrm From: brrm Date: April 18th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I have a Mk1 airport somewhere

Just checked; I do.

Edited at 2008-04-18 10:47 pm (UTC)
j4 From: j4 Date: April 19th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Non-extreme == Express, like what I've got? The square boxy one? If you have a spare one of those, that'd be perfect (all I really need to do is use it to confirm that everything else is working). Thank you.

I have poked my Airport so many times I'm not sure there's anything else worth poking :-( but you're welcome to have a look if you want...

Also, Sad Mac! Happy Mac! Icon love! ♥ ♥
emperor From: emperor Date: April 19th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still using my old flying-sauce base-station. I can't remember the password, and AFAICT there is no way to reset it. Never mind, eh? :)
aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: April 18th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can have my airport express if you want it, though if you find one in Oxford that may be easier from a logistics point of view.
j4 From: j4 Date: April 19th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, I didn't expect anybody to really have a spare one, and now I've got two offers! :-) I will borrow Art's first & see if that fixes the problem; & if it does, since that's only a loan, I may take you up on your offer -- thank you! (How much would you want for it btw? They seem to go for 30-60 quid on eBay, new-from-Apple price is about 65 quid IIRC.)
aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: April 19th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I typed express and I meant extreme. One of the white 54Mbps round ones that doesn't do audio audio. One of these I think.

Frankly it's just sitting round unused at the moment as my dsl router does wireless and the airport can't do airtunes. I'd be happy just to see it go to a good home so I'm not fussed about money for it.
k425 From: k425 Date: April 19th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I have forbidden OldBloke from putting anything on my laptop after the shark incident with my other computer.

ruudboy was selling a PSP2 yesterday, it may still be available if you're still looking.
monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: April 20th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm worse with consumer electronics than you are. Is that any comfort? (No.) I tend to go straight from "oh, that's funny, it's not working properly today" to "f*** it, I'll just never use it again, I never really needed it anyway".

There used to be an intermediate stage where I'd actually smash things and bin them, but I don't do that any more because it's not very green. So I leave them, unsmashed, to clutter up the house instead.
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