Is Travelling A Non-Contact Sport?

As ever (it seems) been doing a lot of travelling, hence a lack of blogs – is this because we can’t contact the Ether-world when travelling?

Well – obviously not, but then it’s still not as straightforward as it might be. For example, why was it that one US hotel in Bay Area with free Wi-Fi appeared to be sending out my emails, POP3 style, when it turned out that they were neither getting to their recipients, nor being rebounded back to me. I only found out when I got an urgent request to deliver a report and quote for a press release that I’d actually delivered 36 hours earlier (or thought that I had). Then there are hotel networks that actively block POP3 outgoing emails but will support browser-based outgoings; and you never know until you try. So could we please have some consistency in configurations, you WiFi world out there? BTW – tip for anyone using San Francisco International airport – it has an everlasting free WiFi service; basically you get 45 mins for free – then login again and you get another 45 minutes, and so forth and so forth (yes I did check in very early for my flight AND there is very little to do at SFO International terminal).

So – keeping the theme going; back to Europe via Heathrow T5 – where the hell is there a power socket to plug your (now exhausted) laptop or phone into? What happened to IT savvy designers when this was being constructed?

Then, once on the train (yes, this is beginning to sound like a parody of the old Python “Torremolinos” sketch) 3G coverage is still every bit as patchy as it ever was (interesting here that the US has “gotten” ahead again, with 4G coverage already available in a few regions, while we are 2+ years away from the delights of 45mins battery life in your SmartPhone) and tunnels are still a complete no-no. You would have thought that, since tunnels came before modern communications, they might have thought of a solution…

What I’m trying to say is, communications “on the go” is still way off the pace compared with what it could and should be. What is the point in me testing all this thoroughly good network traffic optimisation stuff, if there’s no network available to optimise in the first place?

Quick mention here for a mobile service that was launched on the AppStore this week that I’ve been keeping an eye on via an industry mate – Bababoo.com – automatically chooses the cheapest network for your SmartPhone to use, both domestic/International, from one app without you having to make any decisions – assuming it can find any network coverage of any sort in the first place, that is…

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