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, wireless tech guru
, and all-around super nice guy Mike Outmesguine recently took a vacation in Hawaii, and spent much of it wardriving for wireless networks. If that ain't nerd cred, I don't know what is. Snip from the blog account of his journey, and his technical findings:
The night was humid. With the air conditioner on high, I drove North towards Kahului. The laptop sitting
on the center console continuously pinging at the networks being discovered. “Man, there’s a lot of wireless
around here,” I said.
Which shouldn’t have surprised me. The island of Maui in the state
of Hawaii is a popular tourist destination with hundreds of hotels and time-share condominiums supporting over 2
million tourists a year.
Haleakala, the dormant volcano reaching to 10,023 feet, is home to
”Science City”, a research facility and observatory. Maui
fosters a strong technology community boasting state tax incentives, a modern
research & technology park for industry. And Hawaii is the hub of the
Network, a submarine fiber optic network capable of providing 1.2 terabits of bandwidth from Hawaii to mainland US,
and 480 gigabits of capacity to Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.
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