I travel a lot.Â On the road, I depend upon wireless connectivity everywhere I go.Â Recently, I got fed up with the lack of dependable Wifi service (it is horrible at ATL for example), so I purchased a Laptop Connect card. EVDO, 2xG, 3G… if there’s service, this card will pick it up.
This story has four parts: The Card Problem, The Apple Store Experience, the Analysis and The Latch Fix.Â If you are only interested in the fix, skip down to that part.
When I was at SFO last week picking up Dan, I saw the Fly Clear kiosk being setup in Terminal 3. I had heard a little about this before, so I snapped a couple pictures on the iPhone and picked up a pamphlet that explained the program and provided details on how it worked.
I’m in 9C on a 757 this morning and was listening to some Boston (R.I.P. Brad Delp…) on my iPod when the young one behind me started crying… loudly.Â So I had to break out the Powerbook and fire up iTunes, which has a volume level sufficiently high enough to create a whole new zone.Â There’s something about Janis Joplin’s voice and the raw, biting guitar of Big Brother that makes everything else seem, momentarily, unimportant.
SFO. Powerbook.Â Wifi.Â iPod. Bowie. Let’s Dance.Â Â Perfect way to tune in & tune out.Â Nice.
I’ve traveled alot over the years (361,728 miles on United alone since 1998) and have maintained a high status in United’s Mileage Plus program for several years. As a result of working in Denver for nearly all of 2004 and the early months of 2005, I lost my status and sat in coach when I began flying to San Francisco again this past March.
When Zero G was aquired recently by Macrovision, I had the good fortune to be invited to the last occurence of what had been annual event for Zero G: sailing out to Angel Island for a picnic.
We’ve been in Kauai now for a few days, and my impressions are varied.
I am now in Hyderabad, India after a 9.5 hour flight to Frankfurt, a 4 minute connection window (really) and another 9.5 hour flight from Frankfurt.
Tomorrow begins a journey that may take me round the world.