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If We Chose the Names of Wireless Networks in Our Building...



The world would be a far less connected place without those ignorant but honorable souls with unsecured wireless networks named "linksys." It never fails that whenever we are stranded at a foreign apartment bereft of Internet access, someone living nearby has left their Wi-Fi on the default setting. E-mail, surfing, messaging? And how.

On some of our more Web adroit days, we'll admit we've been tempted to string together a "192.168.1.1" in our browser, access the modem, and change the name of the wide-open network. Nothing mean-spirited, of course; just a silent 'thank you' for the momentary connection. Imagine coming home from work and clicking that little wireless antenna logo to see your network name has been changed to "linksys_gave_me_20_minutes_of_unadulterated_joy_thanks."

Josh Silverstein over at McSweeney's had the same thought, except he's come up with names for wireless networks in his apartment building to coincide with their owners and occupants, as he perceives them through walls and windows. Who knows? Maybe 'Belkin_N1_guywhostealsmypaper' is you? Oh geez... what if it's us? [From: McSweeney's]

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