· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · October
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Boingo · Prepar­ing for that Ju­ly trip to Ber­lin, I was wor­ried about get­ting on­line; Lau­ren poked around a bit and sug­gest­ed Boin­go. It was a huge suc­cess; I got an hour or two in at Heathrow go­ing and com­ing, and the lit­tle Ger­man ho­tel was al­so on Boin­go. I’d sort of thought, when we got back, that I’d can­cel, since it seems to be more a Euro­pean than US thing. But it keeps show­ing up here and there, prob­a­bly enough to be cost-effective. In par­tic­u­lar, O’Hare air­port, which has ong been T-Mobile (ex­pen­sive and slow) or noth­ing, now has a net­work that named “Concourse” which us­es Boin­go and is damn fast, I think maybe the fastest WiFi through­put up­load­ing pic­tures to on­go­ing I’ve ev­er seen. So if you’re trav­el­ing a lot, you might want to check it out.
Portal · While I was in Min­neapo­lis I was walk­ing through a mall and there was the Orange Box on sale. Un­der the in­flu­ence of Nel­son Mi­nar and Ars Tech­ni­ca, and es­pe­cial­ly giv­en that it was priced in those in­ex­pen­sive Yan­kee Pe­sos, I had to pick one up. I nev­er played Half-Life nor Team Fortress, but the lat­ter sounds fun; I won­der if we should put to­geth­er a dynamic-languages-mafia or concurrency-obsessives team or some such. I’m not a se­ri­ous gamer, so I start­ed with Por­tal. I’ve put in a cou­ple of hours now; it’s quick, lightweight, oc­ca­sion­al­ly quite dif­fi­cult, un­like any­thing else, and fun­ny. It seems to pro­voke out­bursts of Deep Think­ing, f’rinstance from Sch­laghund and Leonard Richard­son; so I guess I got­ta say some­thing. It’s amaz­ing how deeply em­bed­ded in our col­lec­tive con­scious­ness is the no­tion of the lethal­ly im­per­son­al cor­po­ra­tion with a dead mar­ket­ing voice. Dear Mar­ket­ing Pro­fes­sion­al­s; when you think “message control” sev­er­al gen­er­a­tional co­horts of geeky tar­get de­mo­graph­ics are think­ing about the Por­tal voice. Go play it, and shud­der.
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