__/ [ mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Wednesday 10 May 2006 12:57 \__
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> __/ [ Mike Cawood, HND BIT ] on Tuesday 09 May 2006 19:13 \__
>>> "Paul Hanson" <paulhanson2004-usenet@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>> Hi there,
>>>> Manchester has Wi Fi in the town centre so this is good.
>>> So what, it's always nice to get away from computers.
>>> Regards Mike.
>> There is genuine intent to make the entire city interconnected
> That web page hasn't been updated since October 2004 and the links to
> the forums from it give connection refused as does the link to the node
> list. I'd guess it's dead.
No, I've been on the mailing list for a couple of years. It's not quite as
dormant as it may seem.
>> This has gone on for several years. If it is offered city centre-wide,
>> then the initiative might be getting close... but no cigar, yet.
>> As Mike said, sometimes it's better to get away from it all, unless you
>> depend on networking for work (e.g. server goes down during lunch break
>> and you can fix this remotely from the coffee shop). Besides, think about
>> the prospects of VoIP...
> VoIP is what'd kill this sort of project stone dead a little light web
> browsing it might just have worked for but it's an idea whose time came
> and went.
There is plenty to benefit from, but like anything broad, it *does* have a
cost. It would seriously shake an industry of phone providers, mobile
included (think AOL). There are appliances that are custom-built to
take advantage of VoIP. This includes many PDA's whose cost does not
exceed that of a mobile phone once you include the monthly bills. So there
will be resistance...
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