Sitting in Chicago

I missed the Microsoft employee meeting today. Douglas Mahugh has a report on it. I will watch it over the weekend. It’s really great that our execs are meeting with employees again.

Me? I’m sitting on the floor in Chicago’s O’Hare airport. I hate airports that only have Wifi in certain places (it cost me $7 to get on here, and that was after struggling to find a user name that would work — I forget my old password I used last time I was here. Sigh.)

I am SO getting an EVDO card and service now. By the way, if you buy a laptop, make sure you can use one of the new EVDO cards from Verizon. You’ll probably want one at some point in the future.

Next stop? Oakland. Sigh, I gotta find better flights next time. On the other hand, not being online is letting me catch up with email.

18 thoughts on “Sitting in Chicago

  1. Darn Hope No Trouble. why not you can get one day early to get airport? Getting there early Less Stress than Late either miss. put your passwords on index card into Your wallet so You won’t forget.

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  2. Darn Hope No Trouble. why not you can get one day early to get airport? Getting there early Less Stress than Late either miss. put your passwords on index card into Your wallet so You won’t forget.

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  3. Yea, I am quite disappointed with O’Hare’s “ammenities”. As a city that’s seems to be battling Chicago for the “bigger and better” race (re: airport traffic and their new aquarium), I was VERY impressed with the Atlanta airport when I was last there a few weeks ago. It’s clean, they have great restaurant selections, and they have “rest and recharge” stations all over the place where you can sit down and plug in your laptop instead of having to hunt around the terminal for a spare e-jack. Not only that, but it’s #1 in Microsoft’s list of the top 5 airports for wireless access…
    http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/resources/technology/broadband_mobility/5_best_us_airports_for_wireless_access.mspx

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  4. Yea, I am quite disappointed with O’Hare’s “ammenities”. As a city that’s seems to be battling Chicago for the “bigger and better” race (re: airport traffic and their new aquarium), I was VERY impressed with the Atlanta airport when I was last there a few weeks ago. It’s clean, they have great restaurant selections, and they have “rest and recharge” stations all over the place where you can sit down and plug in your laptop instead of having to hunt around the terminal for a spare e-jack. Not only that, but it’s #1 in Microsoft’s list of the top 5 airports for wireless access…
    http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/resources/technology/broadband_mobility/5_best_us_airports_for_wireless_access.mspx

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  5. Why bother with the card? My Samsung connected to Verizon can be used as an EVDO modem. Saves on buying two data plans and works like a charm.

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  6. Why bother with the card? My Samsung connected to Verizon can be used as an EVDO modem. Saves on buying two data plans and works like a charm.

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  7. Ditto to JoeW. My brother has the new Treo700 on Verizon and he is able to cable it to his laptop to use the EVDO by using PDANet. He used to have a phone and an EVDO card. Now for only $10 more/month than the EVDO card alone was he gets both. Now if we could just get Verizon to stop crippling the bluetooth…

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  8. Ditto to JoeW. My brother has the new Treo700 on Verizon and he is able to cable it to his laptop to use the EVDO by using PDANet. He used to have a phone and an EVDO card. Now for only $10 more/month than the EVDO card alone was he gets both. Now if we could just get Verizon to stop crippling the bluetooth…

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  9. Hopefully you are gone by now – but I’m also sitting at O’Hare and unlike you I AM using a Verizon EVDO card. It rocks.

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  10. I was in Oakland airport yesterday. They have banners announcing new wireless coverage throughout the airport. Misleading on 2 grounds. The main SW terminal had a weak signal so I walked to the other one – is it a Sprint PCS network and they wanted 9.95 for the day (the banners say nothing about the cost – I thought like Tampa and Orlando and Las Vegas it would be free – I now had 10 minutes before my flight and hoped they honored T-Mobile. No such luck.

    you think based the high tech capital of the world OAK would do better!

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  11. I was in Oakland airport yesterday. They have banners announcing new wireless coverage throughout the airport. Misleading on 2 grounds. The main SW terminal had a weak signal so I walked to the other one – is it a Sprint PCS network and they wanted 9.95 for the day (the banners say nothing about the cost – I thought like Tampa and Orlando and Las Vegas it would be free – I now had 10 minutes before my flight and hoped they honored T-Mobile. No such luck.

    you think based the high tech capital of the world OAK would do better!

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  12. You probably want to read Alec Saunders’ post on BYOB (Bring Your Own Broadband) to see why he finds he needs both a Verizon and a Cingular card to ensure full coverage while traveling.

    And the WiFi signal at LAX Terminal 2 today was also impossibly weak. It seemed to be free but I could never get a strong enough signal to find out.

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  13. You probably want to read Alec Saunders’ post on BYOB (Bring Your Own Broadband) to see why he finds he needs both a Verizon and a Cingular card to ensure full coverage while traveling.

    And the WiFi signal at LAX Terminal 2 today was also impossibly weak. It seemed to be free but I could never get a strong enough signal to find out.

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  14. I know you love your new phone, but I’m having a grand ol’ time with my new PPC-6700 (EVDO enabled). Sure my provider is the love/hate beast of Sprint, but Verizon offers the same phone as well. Plus you can tether to your lappy when free wifi isnt available.

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  15. I know you love your new phone, but I’m having a grand ol’ time with my new PPC-6700 (EVDO enabled). Sure my provider is the love/hate beast of Sprint, but Verizon offers the same phone as well. Plus you can tether to your lappy when free wifi isnt available.

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  16. What about Cingular’s new high speed service? I’ve found that I get consistently faster speed than EVDO. In the Phoenix airport I was downloading from MSDN at 196k/s. It also gracefully falls back to EDGE then GPRS without losing the connection (and back up when it finds EDGE again).

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  17. What about Cingular’s new high speed service? I’ve found that I get consistently faster speed than EVDO. In the Phoenix airport I was downloading from MSDN at 196k/s. It also gracefully falls back to EDGE then GPRS without losing the connection (and back up when it finds EDGE again).

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