Most likely, your primary technical concern at GA will be online access. Yes, breaking out that new turbo titanium microscreen shaver that you bought especially for the trip will be of some importance. However, this post is about getting you connected in and around the Charlotte Convention Center (CCC) or getting you some help when you can’t.
Getting Internet Access
- Wifi access at the CCC. (PDF) Apparently it’s awful. Read James’ post on wifi at the Westin and CCC.
- The GA Cybercafe – has WIRED online access and it’s the only place you can get access to the People Finder. The People Finder is pre-loaded with the names of all General Assembly registrants. You may add your hotel to make it easier for friends and acquaintances to find you.
- Wifi access in and around near to the CCC.
Secure Your Bits
If you are at all concerned about who might be looking at your data (and you should be) remember that the wifi network in the CCC is not secure. If you have anything that needs to be secure you should use the UUA’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). Not only does this create a secure “tunnel” through which all of your data can pass but it tricks your computer into thinking it’s on the UUA’s network in Boston so all of your shortcuts to file shares should work the same as if you where working from the office.
The ITS Helpdesk @ GA – firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-948-6109
Event Technology Services at the CCC