Travelling with your own internet source is brilliant. At Atlanta airport, I was stuck for four hours while a monster storm hammered the building with barrages of lightning. Immediately, every one of the expensive Wi-Fi networks in the building went dead as thousands of stranded travellers tried to use them all at once. I found a corner with a mains outlet, plugged in the laptop, tethered my phone, and enjoyed my own private network connection. It wasn't fast, but it was free and it worked.The mobile revolution has arrived
I still have a US T-Mobile account from when I lived in the US, and I pay for the unlimited data plan there (which, like the Orange UK Sim I use here, has a bizarre and fraudulent definition of "unlimited" that includes a data cap). It's easily worth keeping the account alive for those times that I'm back in the US - one day's 3G savings (not having to pay for expensive hotel and airport broadband) pays for a month's mobile service.
- G1 Android phone coming October 22 for $179 Gadgets
- Video: Google Android phone user interface (looking great ...
- Quake III for Android
- Android installed on iPhone
- Wired on Google Android Gadgets
- Asus prepares its own Android phone Gadgets
- TOR for Android: anonymize your phone's data-connection
- Randall Munroe's Android bug-reports
- Nexus One writeup in Technology Review
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.