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The Register on the WiFi bubble bursting. Nice. I never thought about it as a bubble. Bubbles are not good. They make things go the wrong way. So better burst it before we get off track. Isn't all the wireless networking supposed to be a convenient toy rather than the next big thing in what they call 'services'? Having hands-free internet access at a friend's house or the library isn't vital – but it's neat. The same holds for cafés although I must say that I am not usually inclined to clutter the table with a Powerbook when trying to have a nice coffe and a chat with a friend. When traveling it may come handy, though. That's about it. No need for big business to get their hands dirty. Don't buy at large coffee chains but go to the small places. Perhaps that'll ensure enough wireless coverage for the visitors who need it.

Die Zeit have a little section entitled Weblog, Fundsachen im Netz on their homepage. They list a handful of interesting reports or comments found on the web there, updated twice a week or so. Interesting reading. Most links are in English so it's well worth looking at even if you don't understand the rest of the page. Sadly, I haven't found an RSS feed for those items.

In the paper they have an article on how being 'always-online' can be bad and time offline enjoyable. Usually not much harm is done if you're offline for a few hours, days or weeks. There are nice illustrations to accompany the article as well. It's hot and dry these days. What are the consequences? Surely the agricultural industry complains and wants more government money to compensate for the lost parts of the harvest – a lack of food seems even less likely than atomic bombs in Iraq, though. Winer lovers, on the other hand, seem to be quite happy as hot summers are said to make good wine.

Finally, not a single week passes without some article reminding us that our so-called democratic friends in the U.S. like keeping prisoners in Guantánamo for eons in circumstances unworthy to a civilised nation. I can hardly imagine that most U.S. citizens agree with that kind of treatment, even if they're as convinced as their leader that these are bad people.

Seeing the chewing gum shelf at the checkout in the supermarket today, I noticed that those gums they already sold when I was little (and still thrilled by the prospect of actually chewing it) were still about as expensive as they were back then – allowing for generous inflation, perhaps. 'New' chewing gums however, seem to easily cost twice as much. It's still only chewing gum, in shinier packages. Why do people throw their money at those morons?

August 2, 2003, 17:56

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