What happened was, as we were getting ready to leave the apartment in
Frankfurt a bunch of comments showed up, and when I clicked “Approve” the Net
had gone away for some reason and we had to leave. At the airport, I noticed
they had lots of these hokey Internet-by-the-minute kiosks; I’d never used
one. While writing ongoing fragments requires an
intricate web of technology and a solid
ssh connection, the
comment system is pure browser-based simplicity. The kiosk interface is
slick, it lets you enter a URL and doesn’t ask for money until you say ”Go“.
So I slapped in a €0.20 coin and
started struggling with the German keyboard, which makes the “Y” and “/” hard
to find. Eventually I reached the approval page and got logged in
and saw the comments again. I was about ready to hit the button when this
thing popped up on the screen, “Your time is running out in 30 ... 29 ... 28
...”, quite nerve-wracking in fact. I dove into my pocket and found
another double-Euro-dime with seconds to spare, giving me time for the approval
to complete and to use the “logout” button.
What a weird feeling.
I wonder if these things are profitable?