The most dangerous portion of a flight these days is on the
ground! The worst aviation disaster in history took place when a KLM and a Pan
Am jet collided with each other on the ground in the Canary
So it is good to read about this USAToday story on runway status light
system being piloted.
"Spanish startup Fon....a rapidly growing
Wi-Fi network owned by its users, rather than a big telecommunications
company, and based on shared access. In order to create a large network
of hotspots, the company is encouraging network members -- mostly,
average consumers -- to give away Wi-Fi access in exchange for getting
free access at other Fon hotspots.
Fon's service provides Wi-Fi access for any
application, including Web surfing, downloading music, or playing
games. But the company's ambitious plans for coverage make it
especially attractive for telephoning services -- that's one reason
eBay's Skype division has invested in the company."
"Open Source" comes to Hotspots!
Update: June 24, 2006 FON is subsidizing routers to $ 5 or 5 euro - read more here
My kids recently saw a friend they had not seen in a while. Their
reaction - "She shrunk" as they continue their tall march and their
friend has stopped. This weekend, walking down past an Irish pub, a
packed Potbelly Sandwich shop and a river towards Lake Michigan I
thought I was in Chicago. But the buildings are not that tall and I
thought Chicago had shrunk!
No, I am in Milwaukee
for a chess tournament with the kids. I have been here a couple of
times before, but have not spent much time downtown. It is delightful.
It is also a reflection of the cross-currents we live in. Home to Harley-Davidson,
it is an icon of American patriotism (a group of dealers and loyal
customers proudly wearing every kind of Harley leather jacket, shirt,
patch, tattoo outnumbered chess parents 20 to 1 at the bar at the
hotel. I talked to a Harley owner from Eindhoven, Holland - another
place famous for beer and different kind of bikes). And yet it is the City of Festivals and celebrates more ethnicity than much larger cities. The city famous for Schlitz and other beers, has several large technology firms including GE Healthcare, FiServ, Rockwell Automation, Harley itself. The Pfister Hotel, circa 1893 and the Quadracci Pavilion, circa 2001.
The kids are stressed. It is a national tournament with over 1,400
kids from everywhere. They are too busy to notice the nuances of Art
Deco hotel we are staying in built in 1927. I am marveling I can get
WI-FI in this structure (now a Hilton). Fifty years ago, Senator
Joseph McCarthy walked the streets around
there warning America about a different form of global competition with
My kids are worried about another intense competition - the rule
book says: "Individual ties for trophies will be broken by Modified
Median, Solkhoff, Sonnenborn-Berger, Kashdan, head-to-head, most blacks
and then a coin toss, in that order". A bit more complex than the tie
breakers the beloved Packers and Brewers have to endure.
Hopefully, my kids will remember their local peers in the tournament
walking around with their Packer cheesehead gear. And MKE airport which
welcomes you to push a Polka music button as you ride the escalator.
And that it is home to one of the friendliest airlines in the country, Midwest Airlines.
Milwaukee - thank you for encouraging our science and technology younglings, while allowing us to enjoy your varied past.
The humble envelope as competitive advantage? Impressive in this Business 2.0 article to see how Netflix has tweaked its DVD mailer over the last 7 years. Go to bottom of article and click through a gallery of the 13 iterations.
Brian Phipps talks about underserved markets - the "last mile" opportunity in serving consumers.
Brian's post made me think of a big opportunity around consumer
technology on every street in the US (and around the world). It's
called featuritis - consumers with little idea how to work technology.
VCRs with blinking clocks. WI-FI networks that need to be set up (or
secured). TiVo issues. Spyware and Virus removal. As cars and homes get
more technology, even more so. BestBuy is aiming at the market with its
Geek Squad concept, but there are opportunities for so many small entrepreneurs.
Ring that bell, watch those grown-up kids run after you and whistle along with Van Halen.