I'm outta here. Don't forget Monday dinner. Already 25 confirmations. Great to hear that NY is alive and well. Seeya soon.
I made it to NY. It's hot here. Easy flight. Saw a great movie on the plane, Shrek. It's a total love story. Like all guys the leading man is an ogre. He falls in love with the beautiful princess, and she with him. It turns out she's an ogre too, but he thinks she's beautiful and they live happily ever after. This got me all fehklempt.
It occurs to me that I just gave away the ending. Oh la. If you see the movie it's not exactly a surprise.
One thing to do if you have your emailer set to check every five minutes -- turn it off before you leave. Now all my new email is accumulating on the computer back in California. So if you sent me a message today I won't see it until I get back to California. You can re-send it tomorrow or wait. Your choice.
Anyway, it's 11:30PM in NY and it's time to go roaming for.. PIZZA, of course.
BTW, I like NY. I feel at home here. Over and out.
Glenn Fleishman walks through the cluelessness of Starbuck's CEO, Orin Smith. "It's disturbing to see a CEO who cannot clearly articulate the purpose and benefit of the wireless network they're installing. It's at least threefold (and their VP of new technology has articulated this in the past): 1. It makes going to Starbucks for a travelling businessperson a destination, not an option; 2. It provides, finally, a live data network for Starbucks for their own corporate purposes; 3. It allows Starbucks to develop products for payment and interaction that rely on a high-speed network, including wireless device (cell phone) payment and stored-value cards."
MobileStar is Starbuck's service provider. Looking through their website I see that they have service a block from the hotel I'll be staying at in NY.
Just for fun I checked on the Starbuck's site to see how they explain their wireless service, and came up with nothing. (I did note that they do their membership with Passport, and list the NY Times as a partner on their home page.)
Standard: "Since 90 percent of Starbucks customers are heavy Net users, it makes sense to offer wireless access to gadget-toting coffee drinkers. But don't use the c-word. 'This is not going to become a cyber-café,' Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz told the Wall Street Journal. 'Internet cafes are dark, cold places - everything we're not,' echoed another Starbucks exec in a Forbes.com article, adding that the store's wireless access points won't be obvious. (Let's hope for usability's sake they're not completely hidden.)"
Dan Gillmor: Government should block XP release.
Three years ago today News.Com asked Is Push Still Dead?
Last night I talked with NY book agent and digerati salon-man John Brockman. He asked if I'd heard from Linda Stone lately. While I was getting ready to say no, my emailer checked in with the server and downloaded a message from.. Linda Stone. I asked if she'd been channeling lately. She said she had but it wasn't doing much good. (Stone is Microsoft's exec in charge of making everyone outside MS love MS.)
BetaNews: MS CMS 2001. "Businesses can purchase a fully licensed copy for $39,901. A fully enabled 120-day evaluation version is also available."
Register: Be takeover imminent. "The job cuts the company announced this week are an efforts to streamline the workforce to meet the conditions laid down by the buyer, who as yet remains known only to senior Be executives."
News.Com: "After months of operating in stealth mode, reunited Netscape alumni will launch their peer-to-peer content distribution company early next week."
WebReview: Designing for Usability on a Shoestring.
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