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The Telecom Digest for Jul 10, 2015
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|Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:36:24 -0400 From: Fred Goldstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Free Hotel Wi-Fi is increasingly on Travelers' Must-Have Lists Message-ID: <559E78D8.firstname.lastname@example.org> On 7/8/2015 8:22 PM, Bill Horne wrote: ... >> >> It's my JOB, Bill, and yet it's still rather insulting to suggest that >> I'm "glued to a computer" when attending a conference. > > Oops, sorry, my apologies. I didn't write that clearly. > > Here's the issue as I see it: road warriors need Wi-Fi, some of the > time. We all agree on that: it's the most effective way to distribute > copies of slides, presentations, handouts, etc. for those whom are > attending conferences, and it's convenient for attendees to be able to > check their inbox or read the c.v. of presenters during breaks. No > hotel manager would leave it out of a "meeting" package. That's conference-room Wi-Fi, a LAN for reaching people on site. We're really talking about Internet access for travelers; that's what the big chains charge for. > > However, the hotel operators are charging high rates for providing it > in the rooms, apparently because they can. To them, as the > author of that original piece pointed out, "it's found money". > > But ... > > I'm uncomfortable with the notion that we must all accept that we need > it all the time, and I wonder if we'd do better to question why WiFi > in hotel rooms is so important in most businessmens' minds. ... > The best and most effective managers know that their subordinates > need that quiet time: indeed, the chance to close a door and be > alone with my thoughts was one of the best parts of being on the road. > You forget, Bill, that to a road warrior, or to many of us whose work sometimes takes us on the road, the hotel room is our temporary office. The rest of our work, our responsibilities, doesn't stop just because we're attending a conference, or have some out-of-town meetings, or whatever. Nor do we have an office there to spend 9-5 at, as if that were how most of us worked. A business hotel is both a place to sleep and a place to work. It's our own responsibility to know when to get off the computer and find any quiet time we need. It's also our responsibility to take care of business. The hotels know that, and charge accordingly.|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 01:00:33 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Free Hotel Wi-Fi is increasingly on Travelers' Must-Have Lists Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:24:34 +0000 (UTC), Garrett Wollman stimulated the Moderator to write: > Well, it does cost something to provide the service, and whatever a > hotel charges for it, the cost pales in comparison to the value of > your *time*. It costs something to provide electricity, and water, and television, and telephony, and heating (or cooling, all depending on the season), and soap, and linens, and freedom from roaches, bedbugs, fleas, lice, ants, and other vermin. That's why there's a price to be paid for a night's stay in a room. Do I deserve to have a flush-o-meter on the toilet so that, at check-out, my bill can reflect each 4 gallons of water expended at each flush? > ... Maybe we all need to ask how we got the idea that only > those whom are glued to a computer are productive? I don't think many people have any such idea. Myself, I do my most creative thinking while perched on the "throne", doing my business, or standing in the shower, under a stimulating stream of refreshing water. Charge me for the water I use and I might do less such creative thinking, or just flush or shower less, leaving your bathroom or me a tad smellier. Anyway, hotels don't do that (except perhaps for special Sauna rooms). But charge me the same $15 per day for internet connectivity as I pay on a monthly basis for my DSL service at home, and you will find that the long-term cost of your one-time "found money" is "a"repeat client lost", for having chosen never to visit your money-hungry hotel again. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:01:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Your next selfie could be your last, Russia warns Message-ID: <07FEA423-483D-4D33-9FE8-A1F9B3EB86E5@roscom.com> Your next selfie could be your last, Russia warns Interior ministry launches public safety campaign after at least 100 have been injured in the name of selfies By Amar Toor July 8, 2015 http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/8/8911197/russia-selfie-safety-campaign|
|Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 04:50:06 -0400 From: Michael Muderick <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Mike Sandman, of Sandman.com, killed in plane crash Message-ID: <CAGhQzTrs1O32gp6dBN_GFg2YNBoGnRgF=Puw5UBMgGvukNFsvA@mail.gmail.com> So sad to hear about Mike Sandman. I still have many of his tutorial videotapes. He was an excellent teacher, and a great telephone resource of someone to call to help solve a problem. His catalog and custom items were always very helpful. He will be missed.|
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