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Sunday, 18 May 2003

Sunday morning, EDT

In Starbucks catching up on email and taking advantage of T-Mobile's offer of unlimited wifi for $20/month for T-Mobile customers.

I flew BA this time from Heathrow to Dulles. I've flown Virgin on this route twice, and although the Virgin experience was "cooler" (they play funky music as you board the plane, the safety video is an animated cartoon, the films they show are ones that haven't been released yet in the UK), the BA flight was more comfortable: better food, more legroom, and larger headrest screens. Downside was the horrible selection of out of date films: The Matrix, The Hours, Chicago, Gangs of New York (in two parts!), DareDevil (guess which I ended up watching), and About Schmidt.

I thought I was being oh-so-clever on the plane by catching up on the last three episodes of 24 that I haven't seen in preparation for Tuesday's finale. Until when I got up to go to the bathroom when I saw the guy behind me watching Buffy on his laptop. Git.

Some advice: on my fourth visit to US immigration, and my third to immigration at Dulles, I learned that you should not, under any circumstances, duck under the rope if instead of going around empty rope. A few people ahead of me ducked under, since half the queue was empty. We got hauled out and shouted at by an immigration officer who sent a shamefaced group of about ten of us to the back of the queue. The barriers are there for a reason.

T-Mobile's HotSpot software isn't bug-free. At Christmas, it was fine provided I kept the popup window open. This time, Safari and Chimera aren't too hot at whatever the software does to keep the connection alive: it ends up dying, resulting in timeouts all over the place. Not fun. Oh, and the Sheryl Crow music they're offering? WMA protected.

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those films aren't that out of date, don't be so moody! the hours is still running in some london cinemas, and possibly about schimdt too... ok, showing the matrix is a bit cheeky, but you can guess why.

something that would be the most cool on a plain would be for everyone to share their iTunes playlists via Rendezvous/AirPort. AirPort in the AirPort, and on TheTarmac and in TheAir. trés chic.

Posted by: alex_tea on May 18, 2003 05:04 PM

Cheers for immigration advice. I remember last year having to smile nicely and resist the urge to kill as the official made every possible old joke about my surname. Anyway, I'll let you know what BMI from Manchester to Dulles is like apart from being dead cheap (I took United from Heathrow last year, trying to remember the films, Monsters Inc, Time Machine (fell asleep), Enigma, something else).

Posted by: Eccles on May 19, 2003 07:22 AM

alex_tea: AirPort in the air is a nice idea, but wouldn't it fall under the same FCC/CAA regulations as mobile/cell phones?

Posted by: paul mison on May 19, 2003 02:53 PM

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