So, say your hotel Wi-Fi is pricey or nonexistent. What do you do? "Travelers' hint," writes [Cheryl Tarsala]. "Food places with bakery goods have an incentive to lure you in with free Wi-Fi." Just take your computer out for a pastry and a cup of joe (or a cuppa in the U.K.)!
LiveLinks Irene E. McDermott INTERNET EXPRESS Reference Librarian/System Manager Crowell Public Library, City of San Marino Keeping in Touch While Traveling in Europe; Or,What I Did on My Summer Vacation “No offense, but I need something more than your company.” So said my son on the second day of our maiden voyage to Europe. At age 13 (going on 37), he is not ashamed to express his feelings. “I’m going on Facebook to chat with my friends.” I felt sympathy with him. After my husband died in 2008, my son and I made a pact to visit Britain and France. We had discussed taking this trip for years, but my husband’s illness the hotel’s wireless in London and later, a free Ethernet DSL connection in our Paris hotel. made that impossible. In June 2009, my boy and I fulfilled our Traveling Computers pledge and traveled the 5,500 miles to Europe, but without the Schlepping your old 6-pound notebook computer through man who made our family complete. We were enjoying the an airport will break your back. Fortunately, these days, we can sights immensely but felt twinges of loneliness. buy tiny, fairly cheap computers designed specifically for com- Fortunately, the day before his declaration, I had paid 26 puting on the go. British pounds (about $43 USD) for 3 days of wireless internet access in our London hotel room. This, it turns out, was the The Net(book) Effect savviest fee I paid on our trip. internet access from our room http://www.portfolio.com/business-travel/seat-2B/2009/03/03/ became essential for buying theater tickets, planning metro Gadgets-Greet-Business-Travelers routes, and exchanging notes with friends back home via Face- Joe Brancatelli, business travel columnist for Portfolio.com, book and email. tries out the new “netbooks,” the small, light, relatively inexpen- Ah, humans. We are such social creatures. If we have an ex- sive computers designed for travel. He appreciates the compact traordinary adventure and our friends don’t know about it in size of the new machines but bemoans their lack of power and near-real time, did it actually happen? stamina. “Where, I wonder, is my convergence machine, the As my travel computer, I brought along my trusty 5-year-old one that makes calls flawlessly around the world, doubles as Sony Vaio PCG-4CIL. With a footprint of 8"x 11", it is smaller my music player, triples as a fully functioning portable com- than a piece of notebook paper. It had no trouble connecting to puter and fits in my pocket?” Brancatelli considers the options www.infotoday.com/searcher October 2009 43
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