So here I am. In a hotel room in New York. The writing desk and its view of xth Avenue are all but obscured by:-
7 x Mini USB cables: 2 of them are the new Micro type that Blackberry has switched to for the Storm only, the rest are standard.
1 x Ethernet cable: into wall-socket of hotel room. 8 bucks a day. But using Ethernet rather than the hotel’s wi-fi allows me to share via a wireless network that I create on my laptop. That way all my other toys can be online without separate logging on and billing. Hotels make so much money from “high-speed” internet these days. Well, they’ve lost their once juicy phone income I suppose. I remember back in the early nineties, before the world wide web was so much a glint in Tim Berners-Lee’s eye and the net was all VERONICA, JANET, WAIS, Gopher and FTP, I ran up a Princeton hotel phone bill of three and half thousand dollars in one calendar week. Ach, die schöne Zeit …
Stephen Fry awaiting the storm © Samfry Ltd 2008