Computers are dumb, evven when they are smart

by brian d foy

I'm staying at my favorite hotel chain. I got done with work today, came back to the hotel to do a little work, then went out again. I left my laptop running while I went out.

While I was gone, the hotel's wireless system changed the authorization code, which happens every day or so. When it changes, any web access is trapped and redirected to the authorization page again. Once I re-authorize, everything is back to normal.

Except, I wasn't around to do that. My RSS aggregator, NetNewsWire, dutifully checked all my feeds while I was out. Every feed URL told NetNewsWire it had moved to a new URL: the authorization page. NetNewWire updated all of its addresses.


Well, I have the original addresses since they show up as file names in NetNewsWire's Application Support directory. I just have to hook them up with the right record in the preferences file.


I should have saved a blogroll. At least I know what I'm doing tomorrow.


2004-09-20 19:43:04
Potentially incorrect handling
Do you know if it was sending a temporary move, or a perm? If it answers perm, then the hotel's behavior is completely wrong. If it's answering temporary, then NNW shouldn't change things for a temporary move.
2004-09-22 18:23:23
Potentially incorrect handling
It's A 301 from the gateway, so the wireless setup is wrong:

HTTP/1.0 301 Moved Permanently
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 01:21:07 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.19 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.8.3 OpenSSL/0.9.6b
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1