Sitting in the McDonalds, which has free wi-fi.
Here's a question: will free wi-fi eventually be something that gets offered pretty much everywhere? If so, how long will it take? If not, where will the holdouts be?
You'd think that the long-term trend would be towards ever greater availability. On the other hand, places with large numbers of "captive" laptop users -- airports come to mind -- will be inclined to charge for wi-fi, because, hey, they can. Other-other hand, the airport will have to impose a rule on all its lessees prohibiting them from offering it free, or everyone will end up at the McDonalds. Other-other-other hand, why hasn't this airport done that yet?
Anyway. Morning flight out of Frankfurt. I came yesterday to put my mother-in-law and Jacob on the plane to Cyprus, then took the S-Bahn into downtown Frankfurt for dinner with some gamers who I'd previously only met online. (There is a very lively English-language campaign in Frankfurt. So close, and yet so far.) Stayed overnight at a cheap hotel. Got up at 4 am and walked a mile to the Bahnhof to catch the train to the airport. (At 4 am on a Saturday morning, there are a surprising number of people on the streets of Frankfurt. Many of them seem to be just heading for bed.) And now I'm in Charles DeGaulle Airport, about to catch my flight to Kinshasa, Congo.
About which more anon.