Being able to breathe. Asthma cleared up within hours of getting to Sweden; I'm still coughing a bit but I don't care, because it doesn't hurt now that I can actually use my lungs properly.
Tea! Lots and lots of tea, whenever I want it, just the way I want it with too much milk and not needing to feel like I'm imposing by asking for it.
Ripe, gorgeous plums falling off the heavily laden plum tree in my garden, and into my mouth as well as plum PIE.
Lovely lovely hatam_soferet staying in my house. She's writing her Torah, right there on my rickety kitchen table! And she's there when I get home, and we can talk and cuddle, and it's worth the effort of making nice meals for two. I generally strongly prefer living on my own, but we understand eachother so well that I have all the advantages of a housemate with none of the annoyances.
Furthermore, she made me a frieze of brightly coloured sheep for my mantelpiece! Squee!
Wanting to spend all the time on LJ to make up for weeks of being cut off, but not really having time for it.
Sharing internet access. We're doing ok, but if anyone happens to know the trick for making a Windows XP computer yield up the secret wireless password, we'd be doing even better. (This is totally legitimate, I want the password to my own wireless so I can share it with my guest, and the computer must know it somehow or it wouldn't be able to log me on, but I really can't find out what it is.)
A massive stack of emails from people who want me to do community stuff. I will get back into my commitments soon. But at least people at shul are pleased to see me.
Making arrangements to go out for meals in restaurants I actually positively like, even if they are more expensive than the merely acceptable restaurants in Cambridge.
Getting back into various projects at work, and starting some new ones, some of them are fiddly and annoying and some are exciting, and I'm still a little scared that I'm not productive enough, but I've been having useful contact with my boss.
Readjusting my relationship from in-person to virtual. The virtual side is pretty good, and without it we wouldn't have a relationship, but it's a very different feel.
Missing friends I was lucky enough to see in person last week, but getting my in-computer friends back somewhat makes up for that.
Yeah, it's faff, but I think that's the intended solution. (AFAIK, you're not supposed to be able to recover the password, just from general stop-malicious-shoulder-peekers standards, even though there are perfectly good reasons you might want to let anyone in your house use your wireless, but not anyone on the other side of a wall.)
If you can't reset it, do you still have an ethernet cable you could connect a second computer to your computer or to the router?
I do have an ethernet cable, so at the moment we can plug hatam_soferet directly into the router, and that works fine. So it would only be more convenient, not necessary, to know the wireless password.
I know you're not supposed to be able to get the password out of the computer, but I think that's a silly precaution. If $evil_dude is in my house and has my computer, I have bigger problems than the fact that he might steal my wireless bandwidth! I can totally see encrypting it on the screen because of shoulder peekers, but it ought to be accessible by a fairly transparent process, I think.
it would only be more convenient, not necessary, to know the wireless password.
That makes sense. (FWIW, I'm in exactly the same position, except I intended to note my password down somewhere, and forgot anyway :))
I know you're not supposed to be able to get the password out of the computer, but I think that's a silly precaution.
I agree that would make sense, though I'd never really thought about it before. But I think encrypting passwords is a good default: there's lots of things that sound reasonable, but turn out to have hidden security holes, so even if you ought to be able to store the password recoverably, I think it's reasonable that someone encrypted it, simply because always encrypting passwords unless you're really sure is a good idea.
(There might be a genuine reason to encrypt the password: if you temporarily disabled your wireless encryption, at least someone couldn't hack your wireless password and keep access to your network. OK, that shouldn't happen.)
I don't think I can do that, and I'm not sure I want to try. The thing about my router is that it was provided by my ISP, and I set everything up using an install CD. That's why I don't have a password memorable to me to start with. I possibly shouldn't have done that, but at the moment I don't want to fix things that ain't broke, and particularly don't want to interfere with my router in a way that could invalidate my broadband contract. Do you have a generic way for "logging in to the router" when I don't have any interface to it?
The way most of them work is via a web interface on http://192.168.0.1 (most often) or some other "private" IP address (such as 10.0.0.1) . You may have to be connecting via wires rather than over the wireless, (so use a web browser on hatam_soferet's laptop). You'll likely be asked for a username and password. Googling for the router model and "default password" ought to give you what you want.
I know this may sound obvious : but if I log into my router (192.168.0.1) then I can change the wireless settings (Which includes removing the need for a password) or simply read the password off the screen.