tboyle at rosehill.net
Tue Aug 5 13:19:56 CDT 2008
I love your footnotes!
Re. the CUWIN wireless mesh apparatus, isn't it completely obsoleted
by products like Meraki that do the same thing for $50 without
requiring technical expertise? This is just the march of time, the
march of history.
I always hoped and wished that the people would operate the internet
rather than allowing teh commercial telephone and cable TV operators
to own and operate the Internet but I have been disappointed to say
the least! People just don't care that much about it. They think
things are ok. The commercial providers, for their part have spent
much of their takings and plowed it back into fiber and router
capacity, I'll admit that. At least in the denser, higher income
neighborhoods (i.e. advertising markets). In doing so, they've
supported a continuous increase in expectations on thruput and
performance that raises the price of entry for any 3rd network even
if heavily funded (such as the municipal networks).
It seems to me the Meraki or CUWIN things still have niches in the US
suburbs but they're pretty sparse, pretty narrow niches. Such as
emergency connectivity, or a rare cirucmstances of gamers or file
sharers who happen to live nearby, and happen to have that rare
combination of social affinity/trust and technical savvy, etc. Very rare.
At 06:52 AM 8/5/2008, Jeff Kinz wrote:
>Hi Folks, Just wondering if your group is still active?
>Haven't seen any email from this list for 7 months or so.
>So I'm just wondering.
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