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28 Jul 2005


Filed under: Digital revolution,Personal — paulcook @ 8:49 am

In the spirit of wardialing and wardriving (see also this), I’d like to propose a term for what the modern low-budget but tech-equipped long-distance flyer (like, say, me) seems to spend much of their time doing: wartravelling.

I have nine hours to kill in JFK airport, New York, between my short and long overnight flights. I had been thinking of hitting New York, but due to certain uncertainties in travel plans, I’ve decided to do some work in the airport and check in as early as possible.

So that leaves me searching for somewhere to sit, featuring (a) a wall power socket, and (b) free wireless internet. Frequently the former can be found at a restaurant, which has the added advantage of waitstaff bringing food and drinks. The free wireless, however, can be tricky, and sometimes requires a little … exploration. Or, as we shall now call it, wartravelling.

In my case it’s worked out quite easily. A huge shoutout to the Swiss and Varig frequent flyer lounges, for sponsoring my wireless internet (though probably without actually realising it). Terminal 4, JFK, the shops before the security checkpoint. I suggest Delancey’s Bar for the most comfortable seats.

Now if only I could stay awake…

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  1. So, I’ve seen laptop recharging stations in many airports. What this usually consists of is a long workbench type structure upon which laptops can be placed while the user stands. There are electrical outlets and often either ethernet ports or wireless access available. You might keep an eye out for these.

    Such a laptop station has the added benefit that the user has to stand. Yes, I said “benefit”. For one, such as yourself, who is very tired, the best way to keep from falling asleep is to exercise or at the very least keep standing up. As soon as you sit down, you’re a goner, unless you manage to find a particularly uncomfortable seat, or perhaps if you have uncommon amounts of willpower.

    Comment by Adam — 28 Jul 2005 @ 4:02 pm

  2. One time when searching for a power outlet at an airport, I actually found a data port. This made me really excited because there didn’t appear to be any wireless. Unfortunately, it wasn’t activated. But it was still kind of neat.

    Comment by Ellen — 28 Jul 2005 @ 7:15 pm

  3. UPDATE: I made it to Johannesburg without any problem. To celebrate, I plugged in the wireless router I brought with me, to set up wireless here at home. Unfortunately, I forgot to check the voltage rating first, so it now seems I fried it. Perhaps some sleep first would have been in order.

    Adam: standing is well and good, until you have an 11 hour layover. Then a little sitting is useful. Also, these network ports often require payment — at least the ones I’ve seen so far.

    But leaving unconnected network ports lying around? That’s a little nasty.

    Comment by paulcook — 29 Jul 2005 @ 12:42 pm

  4. Looking back, it probably would have been a good idea to utilize some sort of protection before I connected my laptop.

    Sorry to hear about your router!

    Comment by Ellen — 29 Jul 2005 @ 6:00 pm

  5. I am so glad that everything worked out well! I was extremely relieved when I got your message saying that you are going on the JFK JNB flight. I cannot imagine having to go thru LHR/AMS/CDG/FRA to go to South Africa. Have fun at home!

    Comment by UALboy — 29 Jul 2005 @ 11:32 pm

  6. Ellen, it’s always a good idea to utilize some sort of protection.

    Comment by jjk — 1 Aug 2005 @ 9:38 am

  7. Jeff, you have such an amazing way of speakin’ to the ladies. How do you do it?

    Comment by Adam — 2 Aug 2005 @ 1:44 am

  8. […] f restaurants and shops and seats. The best part, however, is the free wireless access, as discovered the last time I was there (and hopefully still working). Sit next to the frequent fl […]

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