Broken Hotspots

I’ve been working from home a lot lately, so to break the days up I’ve been taking advantage of my openzone subscription and the roaming agreement between openzone and T-mobile to camp out in my local starbucks, Chester.

Today I decided to try out the other starbucks at the retail park, just for a change of scenery. However, the wireless wouldn’t work. I tried most of the usual tricks and it just wouldn’t connect.

This is the second starbucks now where the wireless failed to work. So I ended up buying a coffee and doing some work but not being online.

The lesson learnt here is check to make sure you can get online before you buy your coffee. The second lesson, starbucks at retail parks are very busy as it’s more than likely the only coffee shop there.

So the two starbucks to avoid if you want to get online are Welfield road, Cardiff, and Borders Book store, Ellesmere Park.

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KPN, Oxxio, IBM in wireless energy deal

KPN, Oxxio, and IBM said they will work together to provide wireless energy meters that can be read remotely. In a news release Monday, the three companies said that all of
Oxxio’s 570,000 energy customers will be fitted with a digital meter at
home which will automatically transmit information about gas and
electricity consumption to a central computer. KPN will be providing network connections, while IBM will be providing the information technology infrastructure, they said. The datacommunications contract between KPN and IBM will be for two years, with an option to extend for another five years.

When this deal hit my desk months back it was obvious it was something interesting. It’s good to see deals like this make the news. [via]


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The N90 has it’s own blog, The NSeries Blog

It’s not clear whether it’s actually Nokia behind it. (I don’t think so)

But it’s a clear example of how a product could have a blog to promote it self.

UPDATE: Nokia is behind the site. Andy has left a comment (below).

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