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Friday, 5 August, 2005

We're leaving this afternoon for Mark and Mary's wedding in Pasadena. Wish we could have spent a bit more time - we arrive late tonight and leave Sunday at 1:00 p.m. - but we didn't know what Gary's schedule would be when we booked it. We can't wait to see everyone!

I was in Columbus earlier this week for a meeting. I had some time to kill at the airport on Tuesday and headed for the coffee shop and pulled out my laptop. I was very pleased to find that the Port Columbus Airport offers free wi-fi access, so I surfed for a while.

Today, I saw this headline: Boston airport tries to kill free Wi-Fi node:

Boston's Logan International Airport is attempting to pull the plug on Continental Airlines' free Wi-Fi node, which competes with the airport's $7.95-a-day pay service.

In an escalating series of threatening letters sent over the last few weeks, airport officials have pledged to "take all necessary steps to have the (Wi-Fi) antenna removed" from Continental's frequent flyer lounge. Continental's free service poses an "unacceptable potential risk" to communications gear used by the state police and the Transportation Security Administration, the letters claim.

So let's get this straight - Continental's free wi-fi is an "unacceptable potential risk" but Logan's own service - paid service - is not? Huh. Funny thing, that. I wonder how much money Logan makes off its wi-fi service?

At stake is a sizable chunk of revenue that Massport receives from its pay-per-use Wi-Fi service, which is operated by a commercial provider called Advanced Wireless Group. Massport did not respond to queries about the current sum, but the Boston Globe reported two years ago that the contract gives Massport "up to a maximum of 20 percent of annual gross revenues, which could exceed $1 million annually."


I'm really glad that Tommy Lee is setting such a fine example for his fans. An excellent role model:

Rocker TOMMY LEE is glad he chose alcohol when his ex-wife PAMELA ANDERSON asked him to choose between her and drink - because his fans would have been disappointed if he ditched his wild lifestyle.

The former BAYWATCH beauty's father was an alcoholic, so she begged the MOTLEY CRUE star to stop getting drunk, because it brought back unhappy memories.

But he refused to shatter his rock 'n' roll reputation.

He explains, "Here's the deal. Her father was an alcoholic so she's very sensitive about it. She'd freak out hearing an ice cube hit a glass.

"From the stories she's told me I think her father was pretty crazy and I reminded her of that.

"I didn't want to give up drinking because I believe I can have moderation in my life. I did give up for a year, but I felt my fans would be disillusioned if they met their favourite rock star and he was drinking Evian."

[It's all for the fans, baby.]

Quote du jour:

"But for me, the greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch peoples' lives. I know that's a greater accomplishment than selling records."

-- Christina Aguilera

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