This ironic article from the NYT on wifi brownouts, and blackouts, amongst the technologically elite. It begs the question why such an embarrassing situation wouldn’t be one to attend to? Does the temporary embarrassment get in the way of recognizing, why the problem, is a problem?
…Internet entrepreneurs climb on stage at technology conferences and praise a world in which everyone is perpetually connected to the Web.
But down in the audience, where people are busy typing and transmitting this wisdom, getting a Wi-Fi connection is often downright impossible.
“I’ve been to 50 events where the organizer gets on stage and says, ‘It will work,’ ” said Jason Calacanis, chief executive of Mahalo, a Web search company. “It never does.”
Last month in San Francisco at the Web 2.0 Summit, where about 1,000 people heard such luminaries as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Eric E. Schmidt of Google talk about the digital future, the Wi-Fi slowed or stalled at times.
Earlier this year, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, had to ask the audience at his company’s developer conference to turn off their laptops and phones after his introduction of the iPhone 4 was derailed because of an overloaded Wi-Fi network.