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Backgrounder on Neighborhood WiFi Access

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For a third-party backgrounder on neighborhood WiFi systems, check out… http://www.bbwexchange.com/neighborhood/ One caution: the projections about these systems always seem more positive than the reality based on what I’ve read.  Still they offer benefits. I’m still a fan of trying the FON.com solution that I blogged about earlier today.

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WiMax and Femtocell Backgrounder

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If you’re interested in learning more about WiFi and cell phone technologies that might work on Dewees, here are some good background articles… WiMax is a longer-range WiFi technology.  From the articles listed below, it sounds like WiMax is still a ways off, but may be gaining traction.  There are also several competing technologies, such […]

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Public FON.com WiFi hotspot on Dewees

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My FON.com WiFi hotspot is up and running on Dewees. I have the high gain 7db antenna hooked up, but it’s inside.  To get the best range, I need to run it outside.  I’ll do that, but don’t have time just now. Come by and try out the access, it’s free if you set up […]

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WiFi access on Dewees — a $ saving idea

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Some islanders are interested in setting up a wireless WiFi network on Dewees.  The Communications Committee studied the idea and solicited bids for building a “municipal” WiFi network for the island.  The low bid that they received was for $55,000. I think we can build a much cheaper network using Fon.com’s two-side wireless routers. Here […]

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The best purchase we’ve made for our Dewees house

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Hands down.  The Margaritaville Blender is the best appliance at our new house on Dewees.  Read the reviews at Amazon.com.  They’re very positive and they should be. Deweesians, our blender is hooked up to one of the solar panel circuits.  It works even when the power is out.  If you need shelter from the dark, […]

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What’s in the picture?

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Ted and I found this mud tower under the dock near the water end of Big Bend Dock.  Be the first to tell us who makes it and win a free drink from Jesse’s Tropical Taste golf cart drink stand.  (I’ll buy!)

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Plough Mud at Summer Camp

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Samantha, Dewees’s Naturalist, and Caitlin, one of the three sea turtle interns, explored what’s in the Plough Mud behind the Landings Building.  Parents and students joined in the action. Dewees Summer Camp

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Dewees Turtle Calendar

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The Dewees Turtle Calendar — who’s walking, who’s on call, when and where to go for Turtle Team meetings — is available as a Google Calendar.  Write Samantha at naturalist@deweesislandpoa.org if you want to be added to the list of folks who can see the calendar.

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The mobile lemonade stand

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Nicky and friends showed off their entrepreneurial skills today.  They opened “Nicky’s Store”, a portable drink stand on the back of a golf cart; then they visited Dewees hot spots in the heat of the day.

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Sandcastle left overnight can trap turtles

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On July 2, 2008 at 7:11 a.m., we found the sandcastle in the picture a little above the high tide line.  Tools for making the castle we scattered around it.  A deep moat on the front side protected the castle from the sea. In order to protect nesting sea turtles, such as Loggerhead turtles, Dewees […]