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The Hanover WiFi Blues
There was a time not too long ago — about 30-40 years in the past — when Dartmouth’s information infrastructure was the envy of academe: John Kemeny had written BASIC with eager undergrads; other schools logged onto the Dartmouth Time Sharing System (DTSS) over phone lines at a blinding 300 baud; and the College earned Wired Magazine’s Most Wired Campus award more often than not. As late as 1998 we won Yahoo! Magazine’s award for best campus technology, and in 2002 Wired profiled us for a ground-breaking roll-out of an all-campus WiFi network. No more.
This past weekend on a visit to UCLA I could connect in one click to the campus UCLA-Roam WiFi network and download Jane Got Her Gun from iTunes in 2:30. Look at the download/upload rates to the right. Meanwhile at the College this week, each time I connected to the Dartmouth Public network (even if I did so at ten-minute intervals), I had deal with an annoying splash screen (below) and click on a “Continue” button in order to connect to a slow-as-digital-molasses network where I might even now still be downloading Natalie Portman’s latest movie. How the data rates (and the mighty) have fallen:
When prospective students visit the College, they leave with a poor impression for any number of reasons.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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