Re: Wireless adaptor
Inside most of those devices lies a Realtek chip. Why waste good money for a different style of box it comes in? There is not enough of a difference in the speed of the data to blow another 99 bucks. I have one of those belkin's sticks. The key to that one is not to load the crappy software but just the usb drivers for it and let xp do the rest. You have to set the wireless zero config in the services to auto and make sure it's started.
It's a neat little device.
And it should have come with a wired stand. You can pop it in and move it around to get a good signal. Downside to it, you have to unplug it to pack up the computer.
The pcmcia card is not really any better other than you can leave it in the machine when you pack it up. A down side to having a pcmcia card is you'll have to move the laptop around to get a good signal on some networks. Pain in the butt if you ask me. The belkin on its stand can be moved around while the lappy sits in one spot.
But then it's your call.