One of the fun things (okay for me, I need a life) is to see where I can get mifi… that’s a google maps view of where I was when I could pick up internet access from the Xcomglobal units.

As you can see I was off the shore of France when the unit was able to pick up connectivity.



 What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – TechNet Library –

Windows Server Essentials is now available in two forms:

  • as a server role – Windows Server Essentials
    Experience, in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server
    2012 R2 Preview. Installing the Windows Server Essentials Experience
    role on Windows Server
    2012 R2 Preview provides you all the features and functionalities (such
    as dashboard, client computer backups, and Remote Web Access) of
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview without the locks and limits
    imposed on it. For more information about this new
    server role, see Windows Server Essentials Experience Overview.
  • as a core Windows Server edition – Windows
    Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview. As a part of your installation
    process, you can now opt to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
    Preview as a virtual machine
    using a wizard.

(thanks to Tom for the links)


So i’ll be writing this up formally for Windowssecrets but one of the things that I don’t like to give up while traveling is technology, and on a cruise ship, well the cruise ship doesn’t make that easy.  I’ve been very pleased with out Xcomglobal mifi units have delivered in Italy, Spain and France.  It has delivered unlimited wireless service while we’ve been on shore excursions.  This has been handy for when we’ve been um… well… slightly lost and needed google maps to figure out how to get from point a to point b.  We are our own wireless hotspot for our phones as we travel.

While the cruise ship is in port and even while it’s slightly offshore or pulling in I can still hang off the Internet.

Bottom line if you prefer to travel with a geek safety net, I would highly recommend Xcomglobal’s service.

(and no they didn’t pay me to post this either, I’m a paying customer)

P.S. Still haven’t seen a Win8 device in the wild yet.

We rented mifi units from Xcom global so that our group could still have our data plan hog iPhones and still travel with them.

Xcomglobal offers unlimited data plan units and you can hang 5 devices off of each unit.

Upload speed is what it is, but download speed ain’t bad.

They sent a unit per country interestingly enough as each unit needs a cell phone chip and a APN info specifically set for that country.  Granted if you knew the settings you could take one base but obviously they are catering to the use it and it works crowd by sending separate units for each country we are in. Today we are hanging off of Vodafone Omnitel N.V.

Note to self.  First ensure that automatic updates is disabled on this traveling laptop.  Check.

Note that apparently when traveling overseas, one suddenly gets offered up the EU browser choice screen update that one didn’t have offered before.


I have yet to see a Windows 8 phone or tablet in the wild while i’m traveling.  Here at the airport there are iphones and androids, but no Windows 8’s.

How many have you spotted in your travels?