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?