Ernie the Attorney : searching for truth & justice (in an unjust world)
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Monday, August 04, 2003

Glad to see Mike Pusateri of Cruftbox has found his way to my site (he left a comment to my earlier post on Reinstalling XP).  Coincidentally, I had recently been watching his weblog after someone pointed to a post he did about hacking his TIVO. 

Mike and I met at SXSW last March and I have to say he was one of the people that I most enjoyed getting to know, even if it was just a brief encounter (we commiserated after were reprimanded by the card carrying Union-member electrician who told us that we were stealing power by plugging our laptops into the unused electrical outlets during a session break).

Mike's a great guy and a major techie, and I hope to see him again soon.  Apparently, if you check his site regularly, you'll learn that he's also a good cook.

4:24:16 PM    

The Pelham Hotel is a new downtown hotel that purports to offer free wireless Internet access (rental charge if you need to use equipment).  It's one block away from the French Quarter, and within 2 blocks of the Mississippi River.

Just below the Pelham is a new 24 hour diner called Huey's that also features free Wi-Fi.  I talked to the owner Jason and he said he got the idea from seeing how Wi-Fi was used at a conference in California.  I had lunch at Huey's today and the place is really nice.  Clean, friendly staff and the food is really good.  Definitely the place to come catch some free Wi-Fi if you are in the CBD area of New Orleans.

And Jason has another place called the Wine Loft, which is a wine bar in the Warehouse District (which is near to the CBD), that also features free Wi-Fi.

And lastly, I hear that Marisol's on Esplanade (437 Esplanade Ave. 943-1912) has free wireless with your meals.  Looks like New Orleans is starting to get hip to Wi-Fi, which is a good thing.  It's funny that none of the local coffee shops (except one, which is in a Mall and not worth visiting) is picking up on the Wi-Fi trend.

3:37:19 PM    

I sympathize with Mark Pilgrim, who is reinstalling Windows XP (caution: Adult Language).  Robert Scoble, who works at Microsoft as an product evangelist for the next generation operating system (code named Longhorn) also sympathizes:

"Yeah I know what you mean Mark.  I need to reinstall this machine too. Not looking forward to it."

I'm not going to say anything about Apple OS X, because it can obviously create mischief too (see Dan Gillmor's recent problems). 

There are three things I want from an operating system.  (1) stability (2) quick access, and (3) smart Wi-Fi operation.

In my book, OS X is more stable than Windows.  I'm sure that others will disagree, and perhaps my success with one particular powerbook can't be compared to my overall experience with Windows 2000 and Windows XP (over the past 3 years).

Apple's OS X definitely gives me quicker access to my computer than Windows, because I don't have to power down.  The sleep function on my Apple actually works so my laptop is ready in less than 5 seconds from the moment I open the case. 

Does anyone out there have a Windows machine that they put to sleep and wake up, say, 10 times a day over a month long period without having any system hangs?  If so, you are blessed.   The best I could get out of any of my four windows laptops was two or three days at best.

And Apple has got Wi-Fi down.  Apple computers are very smart about finding and connecting to Wi-Fi access points.  Windows XP is pretty good too.  I'm sure that the next version will be comparable to Apple or maybe even better

But will the next version of Windows address the stability and quick access issues?  And it is not like this is a cutting edge concept.  I imagine a lot of people would like to have quick access to their computers.  But it doesn't seem like that happens in the Windows world.  Why not? 

10:47:34 AM    

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