A Geek’s Tour of Boston & Cambridge

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************NEED TO FIND THE PHOTOS FOR THIS POST************** On my recent trip to Boston I had a day all to myself thanks to my lovely wife being stuck in a conference (which was the catalyst for the trip in the first place).  I took the opportunity to do a bit of a Geek's Tour of the area, some of which I've already blogged about. The day started off in the hotel room poaching free wi-fi off a local hospital.  It's damn decent of them to offer a wi-fi hotspot free to patients and their families (and geeks who are willing to sit at an odd angle near the hotel window).  I was completing a draft of an email that I was planning to send to the mayors of Burnaby and…
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Technological Dependence

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At what point did I become completely dependent on my technology?  I mean, I can remember a time when I didn't carry  a cell phone.  Sure my life was simpler back then, but even doing some simple tasks today seems all to difficult without the phone. As these devices have made their way into our lives, the concept of convergence has helped them stick.  Two hundred years ago, the only way to communicate with someone was either in person, or by post.  Then came the invention of the [telegraph](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph).  This would allow someone to send a text-message to someone in another city by way of an electrical current.  Really, this was the predecessor to email, fax and text messaging. Seventy years later, Alexander Graham Bell was busy working on a…
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Emailing the Mayors from Boston’s Free Wi-Fi

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As I promised in last night's post, I'm using Boston's free Wi-Fi network to drop a quick email to the Mayors of both Burnaby and Vancouver.  The gist: Free Wi-Fi in urban centres is a great thing.  I decided to include a copy of the email on the blog for anyone who might be interested. > Good morning Your Worships, > > I'm writing this letter to you from the city of Boston where I'm currently on vacation.  The subject of this letter is also the service which is allowing me to send it; Boston's first open-Wi-Fi project.  The city has partnered with local companies to provide free Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors of the city's Faneuil Marketplace. > > I would like to promote the idea of starting…
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