it doesn't take much for me to impress myself anymore. guess i'm getting long past my heydey as a physics geek with full computer skillz.
my parents have DSL with a wireless router, but all their computers are wired. i think i must've always "borrowed" internet access from the neighbors on previous trips with laptop to here--i'd come home and hop on the first unsecured network i found, assuming it belonged to les parents. turns out, none of the networks i'd previously used are on this time around, but their network is definitely still connected.
yup, it's secured. and i'm currently celebrating minor victory because i figured out how to get into dad's router configuration and grab a WEP key.
whee! now if only i could figure out how to make my cell phone work from here... think that's a bit beyond my ability, though.