I’m en route to DFW tonight, to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, brother, and sister. Delta is debuting a new service, in-flight wifi. They want to charge $10 for this eventually, but it looks like the first taste is free. It’s a very slow connection, so I don’t think they’ll hook me longterm. But realistically, I am a hopeless cheapskate, and therefore not their target audience.
The spread of wifi seems to be really accelerating. Just last month Borders bit the bullet and started providing free wifi to compete with Barnes and Noble. Things are cutthroat in that cafe now; you can’t get an outlet to save your life.
Meanwhile, Google is busy making plans for netbooks running its new Chrome OS, an operating system that is fast, cheap, and simple to use — because all it is, basically, is an access portal to the internet. Which means the spread of wifi is a very, very good thing for them.
Are we heading toward a whole new world? Or is it really true that the more things change, the more things stay the same? I don’t really know, but it kind of blows my mind that my kids will grow up more pluggged into the global community than I could ever have dreamed of in my youth.
Actually, it kind of blows my mind that I’m sitting on a plane blogging, using words like “the global community” to talk to that community while I drink my free half-a-coke and the captain warns us about turbulence.
But that’s life here on the bleeding edge.