Dear patient readers,
I want to very much thank you for the advice re finding a way to bridge from WiFi to Ethernet so I could use my Vonage router (Vonage personal offers only hard wired routers; I had tried Vonage Business which does allow using WiFi on devices before I left the US and had a simply dreadful experience, including it taking 50 minutes with a tech support specialist to record an outbound greeting (WTF?!?!) and not having international calls enabled as the default (?!?!?) and rather than having that be a simple setting the account owner could flip, it took them 72 hours to enable it).
One or maybe even several someones suggested in comments that rather than go buy some equipment, I could use my Mac to bridge. This was actually trivially easy (yours truly has multiples of every type of cord and cable I could conceivably need, so I already possessed many Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters) once I found the critical steps, one of which was not obvious but I did find after more poking around on the Internet.
Since this is not tidily explained anywhere else (tutorials on using a Thunderbolt bridge are about transferring files from one Mac to another), the steps are
Connect device you want to get the WiFi on the device WAN port to the Thunderbolt port on the Mac using Ethernet cable and the Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter
In System Preferences>Network Settings>Network, in the panel on the left, enable Thunderbolt Ethernet
You need to provide the correct IP address in the IP address field for the WiFi connection, which you can find when you click on WiFi in the same panel. It is in the text right under the “Connected” in bold
The step that eluded me initially is you ALSO need to enable Internet Sharing, which is under System Preferences>Sharing. You check Internet Sharing in the panel on the left. It then makes you select what you want to share, which is WiFi from a dropdown on the right side and then you check Thunderbolt Ethernet in the list below.
This was way way easier than getting Vonage to work on Tesla’s early DSL rollout in Sydney in 2002, which took hours of experimentation with NAT and port forwarding configurations. I so rarely can figure out and implement anything tech wise on my own that I am chuffed despite this being, as I said, very easy once you unearthed the steps.
However I am still fighting a very uphill battle with T-Mobile to get them to provide the service that every one of the now-way-too-many customer service reps I have contacted says I have under my plan, which is being able to use the account overseas. It is shocking to see the way the T-Mobile reps dispense lots of empathy and then flat out lie about what they are doing (I literally had three reps running say they had put in a ticket, only to find that nothing of the kind had happened on subsequent calls…then to get a ticket put in where I finally got a ticket #…only to find another 3 calls later that it was a mere customer complaint ticket and did NOT escalate my matter to the tech support team, even though the reps by that point had acknowledged in their tickets that I had a provisioning problem. Oh, and T-Mobile does not allow customers to speak directly to tech support). I was also repeatedly promised call-backs and/or e-mail updates, with reps dutifully taking my phone number and no follow up ever happened. I have now e-mailed Jon Freier, President, T-Mobile Consumer Group (oddly T-Mobile makes his coordinates public) and have one escalatory step beyond that before I write a suitably caustic post.
And why haven’t I taken the logical step of just abandoning T-Mobile and porting out my #? Because I am trapped. I can no longer access a recent statement showing I own the account. I attempted a password reset and that failed because T-Mobile confirm that with SMS, which I cannot receive. And that same phone number is the one that Citi, on ofe my two banks (added very recently because supposedly the best of a bad lot at international) uses for two factor verification, and they do not allow any other method for that. I was always hugely leery of SMS for two-factor verification. My prejudices have been almost immediately borne out.
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Climate Change Obsession Is a Real Mental Disorder Wall Street Journal (Kevin W). If you can’t win an argument on the merits, go ad hom.
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Chuck L recommends scrolling down to the videos:
Absolutely incredible experience yesterday during our RV road trip in Northeast China: we were lucky enough to spend the evening and the night in the forest with some of the last reindeer-raising Ewengkis.
There are less than 150 of them remaining in the country (there are about… pic.twitter.com/VmjzZOCaF8
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Big red warning on the tweet below as to being unverified. One reason this might not be a fabrication is that Ukraine is massively corrupt (as Ritter underscores above), so it’s not hard to think anything could be purchased for enough money:
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Earlier this year I visited a neonatal ward.
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Antidote du jour (Chet G):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.