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Sunday, January 03, 2021

Since I can’t fathom going more than a couple of hours without being online, I’m tapping the InterWebz while in-flight to Los Angeles. I’m blogging this post from 36,000 feet, thanks to GoGo Inflight Internet, the wi-fi provider for Delta.

It ain’t free (exactly). The cheapo in me resents having to pay for Web access, especially on a 6+ hour flight. Only a few years ago, Delta and other domestic airlines were providing free onboard wireless. But I guess I knew that wouldn’t last. And it’s hard to blame them for taking advantage of the situation — this is the ultimate in a captive audience. We’re lucky we’re not paying for our oxygen…

Anyway, I am getting this hookup for free. While I did have to register for an account (which I did last night, anticipating that this particular jet would be wi-fi enabled), I came across some free promo codes. Luckily, the one I chose worked! I only get to use one for this account, so unless I can create a new one (actually pretty likely), I’ll probably have to pony up the $12 for wi-fi on the return flight to NYC. But for now, I’m set.

The connection seems pretty good. If anything, I’m more concerned about having to access it via my HP netbook. The battery’s draining all too quickly; I doubt it’ll last more than another hour. And I’ve yet to get used to the cramped keyboard and generally slow processor. Still, it’s better than nothing. Besides, if the netbook conks out too early, I can always switch to my iTouch

In the meantime, I’ll have to flag down the flight attendant for a bag of peanuts, and perhaps a mojito or two. Ah, the vagaries of air travel…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/03/2021 06:26 PM
Category: Bloggin', Wi-Fi
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Is it hackneyed to be taking a copy of Bret Easton Ellis’ “The Informers” to read while flying to LA? Especially since I’ve already read all the stories in it about a dozen times?

Whatever, I’m toting it along anyway. It’s a 6-plus hour flight, ferchrissake. I need something fun to read along the way. My other choice was “Less Than Zero”; either way, my perception of Los Angeles during my stay would have been suitably warped.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/03/2021 02:45 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing
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it's aliveThis morning, my old 20Q techie-toy suddenly chirped to life, for no apparent reason. I’d barely touched this little plastic ball since getting a brief novelty thrill out of it almost five years ago. It’s just been sitting on my bedstand all this time, amidst a few other random trinkets.

The weirdest part is that it started its tinny little electronic noise just as I was walking in its general direction — I was headed for my cellphone, which was recharging nearby. So that burst of sound was that much more shocking.

Considering that the 20Q is/was marketed as an artificial intelligence device, maybe I should be concerned. If it figures out how to get mobile, I’ll have to pull out the hammer and provide my own final answer.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 01/03/2021 09:50 AM
Category: Creative, Tech
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