More WiFi and randomness

After having failed to connect at KavaKavaKava, and as I refuse to pay to connect at Tulip (for shame, Tulip!), this is coming live out of the KFC on Narodni, across from Rock Cafe. Well, at least until Jitka shows up. Forgive the scarcity of links – I’m just firing this off and slapping it up.

Jitka gave me one of them battery powered Mach 3 Power razors on Monday. Man, is it ever sweet. Being cursed with a rough beard and sensitive skin, I loathed shaving until the original Mach 3 came out. The result is baby-bottom smoothness and minimal to no burn.

I recently got a very nice email from a dude named Trey. Unfortunately I can’t put a face to the name, but I definitely remember drinking with a Trey in what used to be the Zone (a very expat-friendly place that is now a Chinese restaurant above Nebe). He said he had re-read the 4th issue of RASH (a free zine of my poetry and prose that lasted five issues) and told me to keep writing. It was a shot in the arm that I needed, as I’ve been itching to do something creative for some time now, but work has not left me with much time. Well, I suppose the gaming doesn’t help eitherā??

At the same time, I kind of lashed out in the literature forum that I got going over at expats.cz. Part hissy fit, part resignation, and, in my opinion, all true my post more or less sums up how I’ve been feeling about this city’s “lit community”. Left bank my assā??

Since I’m kind of going all over the shop today (must be something in the KFC-bloated airā?? either that or the wicked-strong cup of Joe I had at KavaKavaKava. Or could it be the two beers I drank to settle the caffeine buzz down), I might as well get back to the Tulip-wireless thing.

With all due respect to the Tulip management, I don’t understand how cafes have the audacity to have their customers pay for their WiFi. It should be like having satellite or cable TV, renting movies, or any other such attraction. It gets people into the establishment, invites them to stay, and invites them to order drinks and/or food. Investing in an access point (even a high-end one runs for no more than 3000 korunas) and paying the service provider should pay for itself, I believe.

Widenet is Tulip’s provider. When you connect to the network, you are sent to a page that gives you payment options – either where you pay by the minute (I assume through a card like Telecom’s), or through a subscription. From what I gather from Widenet’s pricelist, Tulip probably pays about 6500 korunas a month for the service (I will gladly stand corrected on that if I am wrong).

Now, where is their return on investment if users are also paying for usage? Or, and this is probably more likely, Widenet is providing Tulip with the service free of charge and makes money off of subscribers and “Ad hoc” (Widenet’s term) users. It seems somewhat flawed, as there are places in Prague that offer free WiFi, and hopefully the number will grow soon.

Ok, I think I’ve really gone on (and off) about WiFi enough for a while. Tomorrow, if I’ve got time, I’ll take you on a trip down memory lane to visit Prague’s first major .com case study.

Jul 27, 18:22 (Filed under: , Personal )

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