Wednesday, October 3, 2012

First, you get the power

Why do so many coffee shops offer wi-fi, but nowhere near enough power outlets? I've walked in and out of four coffee shops in an area one night and found none with a seat near the too-few outlets (if there were any at all, which was not the case in every shop).

I can't understand the value of advertising "We've got Wi-Fi" when there are so few power outlets. If there were enough, I'd have sat down and, out of a sense of obligation, I'd have bought something with exorbitant profit margin baked in.

Anyway, I discovered an area in a shopping centre that had a few tables, chairs...and power outlets along the wall.So I pulled up a chair, plugged in my laptop and my Samsung Galaxy Note, and turned on the Note's mobile hotspot feature in order to wirelessly connect my laptop to the internet. 

The best part is, I didn't have to give some coffee shop $4 for a drink.