It seems that Orlando has cancelled their experiment in offering wi-fi in the downtown area due to “lack of use(Orlando Drops Wi-Fi)”:http://wifinetnews.com/archives/005436.html. I suspect usage “at nearby locations(Ubiquitous Wi-Fi)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2004/03/05/ubiqutous will increase accordingly. Meanwhile, the “Rasiej Plan(The Rasiej Plan to Wi-Fi NY)”:http://www.advocatesforrasiej.com/2005/06/21/wi-fi-ny-intro/ is doing just the opposite in New York City.
bq.It’s too early to say whether it’s a trend, but Victrola Coffee & Art in Seattle shuts down its free Wi-Fi on Saturday and Sunday: I spoke to co-owner and co-founder Jen Strongin today after a colleague tipped me to the fact that this lovely, single-shop coffee establishment had decided to experiment with taking back its culture by turning off the Wi-Fi juice on weekends.
In Japan, bookstores can participate in a program that allow customers to “bookmark(bookmark this store right here)”:http://ubiks.net/local/blog/jmt/archives3/003755.html the stores with their cellphone through RFID. Go read the article because I am not completely sure I understand it.
bq.If there’s ever a case to be made for municipal self-determination it’s that so many municipalities view broadband networks (wireless or otherwise) as vital components in their ability to serve the public through police, fire, and emergency care and to make their communities competitive for business.
We have been planning on putting in a wireless system for a “good while(Currently Wireless)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/06/03/wireless. Due to a bit of odd circumstances more involved than I want to get into, we settled on going with “WAM(Wireless Access Manager)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2004/01/08/wireless from GIS, who long-time readers may remember is our circulation system provider.
bq.My officemate and I stopped in to take a look at this fantastic building a few blocks from our office and chatted with the branch manager. We asked, “Is there Wi-Fi?” She said, no, but there’s a plan afoot to roll it out to branches soon.
Having the 1 GB SD Card has really been wonderful for carying about media files, but the downside of using this is that every time you want to download something onto it, you need to have some sort of card reader.
It sound like the plot of an old fashioned thriller, but the concept of rogue access points has a lot of “buzz(My Evil Twin)”:http://wifinetnews.com/archives/004718.html this morning, although some describe that as “hysteria(Evil twin WiFi hotspots try to fool users. Yeah.)”:http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000280028273/. I don’t think it is too major a problem, but it is something to consider.
I spent a good deal of time on Tuesday trying to get the notebook we like to use for inventory to communicate with the access point it usually communicates with. In the end, I had to turn off “WEP(Wired Equivalent Privacy)”:http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/W/WEP.html and opt for “MAC Address Filtering(MAC Address Filtering)”:http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wirelessproducts/qt/macaddress.htm instead.
bq.Wi-Fi is readily available in public places such as coffee shops, airports and hotels. IT shops, however, will slow deployments a bit over fears of security. End users will take matters into their own hands, so expect to see lots of ad hoc networks springing up.