Nerdy Stuff Nerds Do

I was getting ready to leave work when a thought came to me. Why not WarDrive tonight. Within sixty seconds I was good to go.

My coat was on. I had gathered my stuff. I was getting ready to leave work when a thought came to me. Why not WarDrive tonight. Within sixty seconds I was good to go.

I went to the Android Market and downloaded Wigle. All I know is it says it’s for WarDriving.

The trigger for all of this was bringing my new tablet to work. It has no cell service, but there’s WiFi everywhere! It was worth sacrificing the battery to unleash my inner geek.

In case you don’t know WarDriving is a remnant of the dawn of WiFi. Innocently most networks were unprotected. When you war drive you just log all the networks you encounter. It’s all done in software using the tablet’s GPS. Hands free!

There are over 500 WiFi hotspots in my path from Hartford to Hamden. That’s not bad considering my survey was taken from the middle of the road.

You have given your hotspots some interesting names. There are:

WiFi Orgy
can you see this
USS Enterprise
FastFlamingo
House Of Rock
Manfish
BigRedApple
Private
Pickles the Clown
The203

Nearly all are now protected with some form of encryption. The ones that aren’t probably have ‘inside security’ the way a hotel might.

I’ve got the data. I’ve looked at it. Now it gets thrown out. Some pursuits are for nerdy sake alone.

4 thoughts on “Nerdy Stuff Nerds Do”

  1. The last time I was at Ihop in the Waterbury mall I turned on the wifi on my phone and found a hotspot named ‘Free Porn’. There’s another one in my area named “Charle’s Wallace’s” (I hope you get the reference), to the best of my knowledge there’s no one with the last name Wallace close enough to pick up the signal.

  2. blog fails for not mentioning the classic 80’s movie that spawned the original phrase from which “war driving” is derived.

    shall we play a game?

    ­čÖé

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