August 31, 2007

Talking about Wireless, man...

I was reading the SF Gate story about "Google a victim of EarthLink woes with cancellation of S.F. Wi-Fi" and while I have no comment, and actually no knowledge about the subject as I don't daily work with likable Googlers Minnie or Sacca. I gotta say this, the language of the story is awfully dire. Mountain View wireless has been up and running for a little over a year and it has been pretty terrific. I can't tell you how handy its been. While one of my children was doing an activity in which parents had to basically wait around, I and at least one other were able to work or play (or in my case read blogs) on the wifi.

That was the first time I used the bandwidth, then I set it up on my Nokia 800, the Pepperpad and finally on the Touch (reviews coming for each, I assure you) and I was able to setup a video call with a pal via the 800. I was in the future! No ipass, no having to select or relogin to different networks, just a tap and a hello to my pal while standing outside on Mountain View's castro street. (Yes, I likely looked like a dork, but a dork from the -future-)

And now, my wi-fi phone happily finds the city's network and uses that higher speed connection to update the mail and other apps. It's quite handy. In short, I wish SF could make this work because citywide wi-fi is pretty cool. And SF has always been cool, right?


Don MacAskill said...

Hey Chris,

We've loved Google's free WiFi in Mountain View, too, with one exception: it sucks on the iPhone.

It wasn't always the case - the first 3 or 4 days after iPhone's release, it was fabulous. But now, no-one I know with an iPhone hasn't banned it from trying to connect to Google WiFi because even when it shows strong signal strength, no bits seem to get through.

Any ideas?

Chris DiBona said...

First I've heard of it, but I'll forward to Minnie and see..