IGHR (Samford) 2010 — Registration Day

We arrived in Birm­ing­ham last night at about 8, and got our room at the Home­wood La Quinta. It’s an excel­lent hotel, and the staff is help­ful, and even inter­ested in my stepson’s trum­pet play­ing, but it would be nice to have wi-fi inter­net in the rooms, and not just in the lobby.

I walked through the 93 degrees and the humid­ity to the lobby of the Best West­ern to ride one of the free shut­tles over to Sam­ford Uni­ver­sity, as my wife and step­son had headed to Huntsville. (He’s attend­ing Space Camp while I attend “Geneal­ogy Camp.” It’s becom­ing a fam­ily tradition.)

The reg­is­tra­tion was amaz­ingly sim­ple and quick. All the pack­ets and hand­outs were pre-assembled. You just said your name, and sec­onds later every­thing you needed for the week was in your hands.

Well, except wi-fi inter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.… Although the pack­ets included the user­name and pass­word you would need to set up your account, the instruc­tions did not include key infor­ma­tion, for exam­ple that you had to join a par­tic­u­lar wire­less net­work first, sim­ply to get set up. Once you did that, then opened up a browser, you got a mes­sage say­ing you were con­nected. But, of course, you weren’t ready to start using the inter­net. Instead, you had to find a lit­tle green Start but­ton, click it, install some soft­ware, log in with your admin­is­tra­tive user­name and pass­word, and then you were ready.

Guys, it doesn’t have to be this com­pli­cated. I walk into a McDon­alds, or into a Dunkin’ Donuts, as my wife did in Birm­ing­ham, and wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity is imme­di­ate. You sim­ply need to cre­ate a pub­lic net­work along­side your secure site, and serve up that pub­lic network.

Well, enough about that. I already spent 45 min­utes in line (the poor engi­neer had to do the same task again and again dur­ing that time, so he was the one with the raw end of the deal.)

I got to see Lori Thorn­ton (ran into her yes­ter­day at the Archives in Mor­row), Linda Wood­ward Geiger, Rick and Pam Boyer Sayre, Craig Roberts Scott and Vickie Scott (the new­ly­weds), and Bar­bara Vines Lit­tle, who will be my lead instruc­tor this week. I als0 met Lynda Childers Suf­fridge (out­go­ing NGS Vice Pres­i­dent) in the net­work con­nec­tiv­ity line and Frazine K. Tay­lor in line at the cafeteria.

As it does every year, the Insti­tute promises to be an edu­ca­tional and inter­est­ing time. It starts tomor­row promptly at 8:15.

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