Posted Thursday, February 20, 2003 Posting this from Beijing, where I've been amazed by the city and frustrated for two days of not being able to get Outlook to fetch my (POP) mail. In-room broadband at the Trader's Hotel offers good Web access (with a few puzzling glitches, like no images on the NYTimes site) but no Outlook mail. Tried my AGNS world dialup account, which surprisingly fared no better. Then had a chance to try a third route: WiFi in the Kerry Center Hotel lobby, supplied by China Netcom. Still no luck, even with two great tech support guys who showed up (!) to help me out. My ISP (XO) sez my account's paid up, working fine, and visible from there (I can't bring www.sociate.com up from here). He thought it might be China's Net filters at work. So I'm off off e-mail until I'm back in Hong Kong on Saturday... but I can blog. Go figure. IM works, too. More news soon, from China.