Saturday, August 27, 2011

Turning off IPv6 might fix WiFi connectivity in Windows 7

I got a call from our daughter on her way to Fairbanks, panicked when her new Windows 7 notebook wouldn’t connect to WiFi on the plane or at the Anchorage airport. She also said she had the same problem with one of our routers at home.

After sleuthing around on various tech support FAQs, KBs, and forums, I learned that Windows 7 and some routers don’t get along with the default Windows 7 network installation of IPv6.

I have a WiFi adapter on my desktop and voila! I experienced a similar issue. I hadn’t ever tried WiFi on the desktop because it is wired to the network. With the default settings I could see the router, but whenever I tried to connect to it, it would say it could not. As soon as I went in and turned off IPv6 protocol for the adapter, I was able to connect.

So for anyone needing step-by-step, here it is:

1. Go to Control Panel –> Network and Internet –> Network and Sharing Center


2. You should see something like the following.


3. On the left side, click Change Adapter Settings. You should see a window with a list of network adapters.


4. Right-click on the Wireless Network Connection item. If you see more than one, you should select the hardware one (not any that read “virtual”). Select Properties from the popup menu.

5. Deselect the TCP/IPv6 item and click OK.


6. Try to connect. Hopefully this will solve the WiFi connectivity issue you are experiencing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Sunrise

I wasn't planning to be out at sunrise, but Shelley discovered she had left the car switch on overnight. (She was going out to work.) I got up to hook up the battery charger and saw the colors in the sky. Running up to the house, and then back down to the beach, running over the uneven rocks, barnacles, muscles, and seaweed, I was able to catch the sight of this sunrise



Monday, August 01, 2011

Pink salmon and roe

Today’s catch was two pinks – one male, one female – 21 inches, and 22 inches.


While fishing, after I had caught the first one, a ferry went by at a fairly rapid clip. I know that ferries displace a considerable amount of water, resulting in large swells and surf along the shore. I miscalculated how much surf would come crashing through. I had my tackle high enough, but I thought the fish would be fine where it was. When the waves came in I realized I would have to hold on to the fish to keep it from getting washed away. As a result I was hit with water from head to toe. I was wearing a long jacket so it kept most of my uppers dry, but from about thigh down, my jeans and shoes were completely soaked. (I still have water in one of my ears from getting hit with the water.)

Pink salmon roe is noticeably larger and lighter in color than the silver roe. You can see the huge color difference in the photo below. If you look closely, you can see the size difference as well. I needed a jar for the new roe, so I had to finish off the silver caviar (on rice) from the first silver catch from last Thursday.


I also baked some of the silver from Saturday. This is one of three filets I baked tonight. Cook’s Illustrated had simple oven-baked directions – start in a very hot oven (500F), then immediately lower it (275F) and let the filet bake at the lowering temperature until done (about 9-13 minutes). I must say it turned our quite well – better than my previous attempts using the broiler.


Sermon: Serving God

This sermon was given at the Presbyterian Church on July 31, 2011.

MP3, 6.5MB

Sermon: Our Healer

This sermon was given at the Presbyterian Church on July 10, 2011.

MP3, 12.4 MB