iPad Reactions

Along with some 300,000 other people, I bought an Apple iPad on Saturday. But before I say anything else, let me make one thing clear: I am no MacHead. I have not purchased an Apple product since my Mac Quadra 605 in 1994. I did buy a Power Computing Mac clone in ’96 and was thoroughly annoyed when Steve Jobs stuck a knife in the clone business upon his return as “interim” (!) CEO in 1997. So annoyed in fact that I went completely PC with my next purchase and never looked back (if you don’t count my iPod and I don’t).

Well, let’s just say that I am looking now. Believe the hype. The iPad is an incredible device.

Apple iPad “Unable to join the network” on Verizon / Westell VersaLink Model 327W

Although my desktop, laptops, PlayStation 3, and even my iPod Touch connected to my home network just fine, my new iPad would not. It (stubbornly and somewhat unhelpfully) simply said “Unable to join the network ‘(My Network’s SSID)'”. The options for troubleshooting on the appliance-like iPad are very limited and did nothing for me in any case. I could find nothing on Apple’s site or elsewhere so I thought I’d share what I did and maybe save you some time and effort.

Beyond Arial and Helvetica

Way way back “in the day” I did tech support for Word. I worked for a company here in Massachusetts; we had to pretend we worked for Microsoft. One of the questions we would often get was how to save a document so that when it was emailed to someone, the font information was preserved, even if they didn’t have the font installed. Mind you, TrueType itself was only a few years old at the time. Microsoft and Apple were developing the standard together, believe it or not.

Stay with me; this is going somewhere.