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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Well, Isn't That Silly

I made it to London, and sitting here in a Starbucks I thought there probably couldn't possibly be anything relevant to blog about, since I haven't done anything search-related or talked to a soul yet. And posting about the Maserati that keeps circling around Gloucester Road station, or the sunny weather, or the cute dog that just walked by, just won't cut it.

Well how 'bout this: since the wireless service in the coffee shop is run by t-mobile, here I am in the heart of London trying to use Google, and it defaults me to the German home page. I then type Google.com into the address bar. Same. Eventually I find the link for "go to Google.com in English." Wacky.

Speaking of Hotspots, I am keeping score:

International transit area in Warsaw airport: free wifi, and inexpensive Polish vodka at the duty-free.

Laguardia: You'll pay for it.

Departure lounges, Terminals 1 through 3, Toronto Pearson Airport: even in the beautiful new $300 trillion Terminal 1, a complete absence of wireless Internet connectivity.

Is it just me, or does much of what passes for commerce in airports have a decidedly "B2C" flavor, in a venue loaded with business travelers?

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