In one way or another, wireless technology figured in all of my stories this week. But why should this week be any different from others?
7/15/2014: With Cable WiFi, Your Modem Is My Hotspot, Yahoo Tech
I’ve been working on this column for a while–my e-mail correspondence for it goes back weeks–and for once, the news cycle obliged by not throwing any breaking tech news at me on a Monday. I’m still trying to figure out how so many people say they hate the idea of Comcast turning their leased modem into a public hot spot but so few (according to Comcast) opt out of it.
7/15/2014: How to Stop (or Start) Sharing Your Internet Connection with Strangers, Yahoo Tech
To go with the column, I wrote a quick explainer about how to turn off Comcast’s Home Hotspot–or set up an openwireless.org guest account for anybody to use.
7/15/2014: What You Need to Know About Staying Connected in the U.S., NowU
This Gannett site for empty nesters officially launched on Tuesday, but if you’d thought to visit that site on Sunday you could have read my advice on traveling bandwidth then.
7/16/2014: Issues Raised by New Technology: Policy Slam, Internet Governance Forum USA 2014
This part of this daylong conference at George Washington University was an audience-participation event: People were invited to step up to the podium and share their ideas about Internet-governance issues that we ought to focus on, and then I and the other judges picked ones to debate further and offered our own comments about them.
7/17/2014: Cellphone Talkers Get Their Own Sidewalk Lane in D.C., Yahoo Tech
A bit of an experiment staged for an upcoming National Geographic TV show led to this extra post (so, my thanks to NatGeo for the upcoming extra income). The piece got a blurb on the Yahoo home page, so this may have been seen by more people than anything else I’ve written. And then it got a BeyondDC/Greater Greater Washington writeup, which was also nice.
7/20/2014: Get a browser to work where it’s not welcome, USA Today
This column pretty much wrote itself once I realized Apple’s short-sighted and easily-circumvented decision to block Android browsers from its Find My iPhone page matched the New York Post’s foolish attempt to keep iPad users from reading its Web site.
Let’s see the next innovation in the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. If you love this topic, you should be there!