posted on Jun, 23 2006 @ 08:21 PM
I went to my boss, lets call him Paul,'s Nantucket house to configure his VPN, and set up his home network. Of course, nothing went as planned.
I was supposed to have free access to the house, without anyone else in it, but Paul decided to make a surprise trip out there and put me on edge all
day. I configured the network fine, but had a little trouble with the VPN. Of course nothing major, but it was way too much for him. I got a hotel
for the night and came back in the morning.
I had researched everything I could about vpns that night, so the next morning it was up in five minutes. After that I got to work on the rest of the
network, and gettin it to run off the VPN's subnet, when he told me to set up his wife to print from his printer. >:^(
It turns out she's running a Mac OS X, v. 10.2. I spent 5 hours trying to get that thing working, when it turned out that I wasn't doing anything
wrong to begin with. It was the combination of the wireless print server I was running, and the printer it was connected to. That specific
combination would't print wirelessly to a mac directly. This I heard from HP support, from whom I bought both the printer and print server, without
them warning of such a thing.
I then tried something wacky. I tried connecting the Mac to the printer via shared connection with a PC. But, the program (SAMBA) that would allow
for the cross connect to the printer's postscript driver doesn't come with OS 10.2, only 10.3 and 10.4.
On top of that I had 3 and 4 year old kids running around me screaming. Not to mention that one of the computers was in the babies room, who of
course was sleeping 3 out of the 8 hours I was there, so I couldn't work in that room.
I left at 5 to check out of my hotel room, and catch the ferry home at 6. I left the printer issue unresolved, and a low connectivity issue in the
baby's room, which left Paul not too happy.
Maybe I should go back to flipping burgers.