Now Apple Ireland has come back to tell me I need a different DSL modem to the one Eircom offers. Sigh. They are now carrying the D-link DSL modem for euro129 thru the Applestore. This has an inbuilt router so I can plug in my Dell as well (though presumably I'll need an ethernet card still for the Dell).
I had lunch with a group of Dell people who also presented a smorgasbord of possible options. And I must say Eircom's i-Stream help guy was also extremely helpful and explained some options to me, too (I think all the best Eircom help people are over on the DSL side!). He wasn't sure of how the Airport would work with the Alcatel DSL modem, though. I can't imagine why it wouldn't work... Anyway feel free to offer perspectives and I hope some of this helps other Apple Airport users. My head hurts from thinking about all of this!!!
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Whether a person is a hawk or a dove on the Iraq issue, people need to realise the Bush administration has been utterly hopeless and inept in creating a coalition abroad, in showing leadership overseas, in working towards consensus. This is the job of the world's most powerful nation. Instead, we have elected representatives making fun of the French and Germans in a puerile way most of us grow out of by age 10, "freedom fries" in the US Congress cafeteria, and the US media defensively leading many Americans to believe the utter garbage that Europeans are on some anti-American crusade. Hey: I live here. There's no mass anti-American sentiment. Not here in Ireland. Nor in Germany or France. Indeed, across Europe what I've seen for the most part is an attempt by people and the media to voice the opposite view (including in key French newspapers like Le Monde and Liberation) -- a disagreement with US policy and how it's been presented, alongside assurances that there's no dislike of Americans per se.
The strong belief in the US that there is -- that this is somehow the root of all opposition --is a sign too of the Bush administration's inability to acknowledge the intelligence of Americans to accept that because people don't like your policies doesn't mean they don't like you and nya nya nya, yu're going to take the ball home and then no one can play. To the outside world, the Bush admin stance comes across like a petulant child feeling sorry for himself because he discovered the other kids didn't always agree with him. People may not like the French or the Security Council's position but the Bush admin's job was to lead, negotiate, and gain respect during the two years before it decided it wanted war in the Middle East. Instead, it did nearly everything it could through bungling 'diplomacy' to irritate and alienate countries on every other continent, and continuously disregards and badmouths the UN. With their strong Christian bent, the members of the Bush administration mikght have remembered 'as ye sow, so shall ye reap.' The ground was always potentially fertile, but was not nurtured. It will take years for this to be righted.
Not only will this go-it-alone war in Iraq stir up a hornet's nest for the US in the Middle East, where repurcussions will be felt for decades; the catastrophic undiplomatic lead-up to it has damaged US-European and US-World relations in other frightening ways. In other words, in order to satisfy an obsession with Iraq, the US has both further fueled terrorism and destabilised alliances that it badly needs in the war against same.
(On a trivial sidenote, the NYTimes, one of the key arbiters of proper newspaper writing style, refers throughout its editorial to "Mr Hussein". It's "Mr Saddam" -- as the Iraqi form of presenting a name is to put the family name first and the first name second.)
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