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While taking the bus home yesterday from work, I needed to login to work over the VPN and get some stuff done, before the next day started. The express bus I take home has free WIFI on the bus. Unfortunately, it's anything but reliable or stable. I kept losing the connection, then I would have to reconnect, then it would drop, then reconnect, etc. While going through this, I noticed in the WIFI applet for Windows XP that it tells me I currently not connected, but if I wish to disconnect, I need to click the disconnect button. So which is it? Am I connected, or not? If I click the disconnect button, I guess it disconnects me, but when I click the button again to connect, it says again that I'm currently not connected, and if I wish to disconnect, click disconnect. Confusing as hell, I figure it's loaded with FAIL, and that it would be fun to show.

Screenshot showing me connected or not connected to the UTA WIFI.

{ 7 } Comments

  1. Fabian Rodriguez using Shiretoko 3.5.2 on Ubuntu 64 bits | September 9, 2009 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of Network Manager in Jaunty.

    I now use WICD which, well, works.

  2. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.13 on Ubuntu | September 9, 2009 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I personally don't have any problems with NetworkManager in 9.04. I have plenty of problems with the WiFi applet in Windows.

  3. ethana2 using Firefox 3.0 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | September 9, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    My main gripe with nm-applet now is how hard it is to set up wifi-forwarding on a laptop.
    Seems like pretty basic functionality, but I guess hardware support for it is spotty.

  4. RainCT using Firefox 3.5.2 on Ubuntu 64 bits | September 9, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    @ethana2: No problem with that here, just create a connection of type "Share". But yeah, the interface could be better (and if you want to do more advanced stuff maybe you're right that it isn't that good).

  5. Phil using Mozilla Compatible 5.0 on GNU/Linux | September 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I think this is one of those "I'd mock you, but the challenge is gone" moments that you get so often with Windows.

  6. lo0m using Firefox 3.5.3 on Windows Vista | September 11, 2009 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    yeah, winXP and wifi.. i used to have a lot of "fun" with those..

  7. me using Firefox 3.5.3 on Windows XP | September 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    So you are using XP for work?

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