An interesting experiment gets its official launch this weekend when Monmouthpedia formally kicks off today. The Welsh town of Monmouth is the focus of this Wikipedia project that aims to create physical connections between places throughout the town, and events in its history, with respective content on Wikipedia. According to the description on Wikipedia: [...] The project aims to cover every single notable place, person, artefact, plant, animal and other things in Monmouth in as many … [Read more...] about QR codes at the heart of Monmouthpedia
Very interesting assessment of in-car technology with some quotable predictions from Intel, eg: By next year the car will be the third most-connected place in which people spend time. By 2016, how connected a car is will be a critical buying decision. In the future, if car ownership declines but increased use is still needed, connectivity might allow users to “log-on” to a vehicle. So it could even change colour and add the accessories of your choice. Just like a PC desktop, a machine … [Read more...] about Inside the connected car
The subject of internet connectivity in hotels has received quite a bit of attention during the past few weeks. I posted about my experiences with hotel internet connectivity while in Las Vegas and in Amsterdam recently, highlighting a nice way to balance the negative side of this - in my recounted experiences, one offering free connectivity but wired only, no wifi (Luxor, Las Vegas); the other (Crowne Plaza in Amsterdam), imposing an unwelcome charge for the privilege - with a way to get all … [Read more...] about Free hotel wifi: Light at the end of the tunnel?
One of the biggest frustrations when you're travelling is the less than compelling experiences that are typical with internet connectivity in hotels and conference venues - high cost, difficulty and/or extra costs to connect more than one device (laptop plus mobile phone, for instance), restrictive connection type (such as cable only: no use if you have an iPad or other tablet), etc. Just before my US trip earlier this month, I discovered Connectify, a perfect solution to such dilemmas that … [Read more...] about A cure for hotel wifi frustrations with Connectify
One of the feaures of travel these days is the (usually-met) expectation of high internet charges in your hotel. It's common in Europe, for instance, for hotels to charge eye-watering rates to let you get online: charges of £20 or equivalent per day aren't unusual. Some hotels include internet costs in their room rates, treating it as part of the plumbing, as it were. Even if room rates are elevated to cover the cost, it's perceived as a good deal when your experience in the hotel is "free … [Read more...] about The value of free internet