My supposedly high-speed internet connection has been a little flaky lately – very slow and lots of dropped connections. At first I thought it must be the fault of the internet service provider but finally realised it was the broadband modem that I’ve been using for at least six years. It was never an easy thing to configure, and eventually it failed completely. So off to PC World in search of a new one. Unfortunately, it is just about impossible to buy one that isn’t wireless, and I didn’t really need that since the good old Airport Extreme was still working just fine. But in the end I came home with the Netgear model above, complete with lots of blue flashing lights. Suddenly, I’m getting the 8Mb speed I’ve been paying for and the Netgear is much easier to set up to handle the ridey.net mail server, web server and everything else. I figured I’d put the Airport in the front of the house to act as a wireless bridge (the wireless signal is a bit weak in the sitting room), but Airport Extremes and Netgears don’t play together at all. So it’s been relegated to the cupboard where I keep all my other outdated technology. Maybe I should open a museum of redundant computer hardware!