Free WiFi


Sears/Kmart has just annc'd that they will begin
rolling-out free WiFi in their stores ... allowing
customers to comparison shop.

It's gonna take them a while to accomplish this

How long should I wait before adding their store
locations to my "Free WiFi" file? Pehaps add them
now with a "???" to indicate uncertainty?

In a similar spirit, I'm finding that too few of
Wendy's actually have WiFi available, inspite of
their claims. The next iteration will use "Wendy's ???"
to denote uncertainty.

I spend 80% of my money on airplanes & beer. The rest is wasted.
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If it was 'Free Public WiFi'? Free with a stay isn't quite free...

Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

"Free" Has The *Potential* To Be Quite Expensive

camerabob wrote:

If it was 'Free Public WiFi'? Free with a stay isn't quite free...

A bit off-topic, but in 2005 I had a personal experience that confirmed my already existing caution about using free Internet. I stopped for the night at an Econo Lodge in Roseville, Oregon (a very nice facility, BTW) that provided free Internet.

In my room I found an Ethernet cable coming out of the wall, but when I turned on my laptop it showed an open WiFi connection for "Econo Lodge Internet". This looked suspicious to me, so I walked over to the office and asked how they were providing the Internet connection. When I was told to use the Ethernet cable in the room, I asked about the WiFi connection and was told that they were NOT providing a WiFi connection.

My conclusion was that someone had set up a WiFi connection with a false and intentionally misleading name, in the hopes of getting connections from inattentive motel customers - for the purposes of Identity Theft. This experience is one of several reasons why I never "sign on" to any web site while using a public connection, even a connection that I am convinced is legit.

I have a firewall and other security on my laptop that I think will prevent access by other equipment on the network, so I don't consider casual browsing to be an unacceptable risk. However, I always remind myself that I may be vulnerable to a "man-in-the-middle" attack if I do anything that transfers personal information over a public network.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 620


jjen wrote:


But bad coffee, if you like just plain black coffee.


I have never seen a Starbucks that does not have sugar and creamer. You got me on the expensive part, but I do like their coffee and especially like that they pay their growers a fair wage.

Free WiFi

et, I think I would have passed that along to the proper authorities.

Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

Re: Unreliable information

jim407 wrote:

I took the Free WiFi POI off of my GPS, there was too much misinformation.

It would list hotels and such as having free WiFi, but it was only for their guests and you needed an access code.

I found the information to be not very useful.

Perhaps you might be interested in a more lightweight alternative here:

WiFi "Lite" - Canada and USA

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