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Meet me at Macworld in San Francisco: I and Adam Engst, my co-author on The Wireless Networking Starter Kit, will be signing books and talking to attendees all around the Macworld Exposition show floor next week: Jan. 7 (Tues), 3-4 p.m., Aladdin booth (#1407); Jan. 8 (Wed.), 3-4 p.m., DevDepot (#3761); and Jan. 9 (Thurs.), 5-6 p.m., Peachpit Press (#2029). Macwireless.com (#1646) will be selling autographed copies alongside a power over Ethernet system for Apple AirPort Base Stations. We'll also be appearing on Jan. 10 (Fri.) around 4 pm on the cable channel TechTV.
Intersil has WPA upgrade ready: The article doesn't make it clear to whom Intersil, the dominant Wi-Fi chipmaker, is providing its Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) upgrade -- consumers? OEMs? firmware developers? But it's good to see it's already ready to go. WPA is the Wi-Fi Alliance's standard to fix security an interim basis.
Wi-Fi by land to the sea: A company has quietly installed $5 million worth of Wi-Fi gear pointing outwards from major coastal areas to serve private boating and the cruise ship industry. This is remarkably clever, as physics tells us that a tower not very high up on the coast can have a direct line of sight to a huge swath of sea within its range. The company, Wheat Wireless Services's TeleSea division, says that they cover the coast from Baltimore to the Florida Keys, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay, Long Island Sound, Southern California, and Hawaii. Their source of financing isn't mentioned. How did they submarine this deployment, no joke intended? [via TechDirt]