Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>
Duane Benson
User Rank
Blogger
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
Duane Benson   8/30/2011 8:28:11 PM
NO RATINGS
I suspect that the degree of utilization of public WiFi, such as at pubs and coffee shops varies based on the locale. In Portland, the big city near by, I see a fair number of folks laptoping while sipping something. I still see a lot more people reading or in groups talking than on a laptop though. In the more rural small town where I live, I see one or two regulars with their laptops in the coffee shops, but rarely see others. McDonalds out here offers free WiFi now too. That seems very counter to their throughput mentality and I've never seen anyone using it. All of that being said, I have a saying: "There are features you can use and features you can sell." In many cases, I'd say that free WiFi is more of a "feature you can sell." People like the idea of it more than they like actually using it. Of course, outside of my little corner of the planet, things might be very different.

LarryM99
User Rank
CEO
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
LarryM99   8/30/2011 8:22:21 PM
NO RATINGS
McDonald's is dealing with this as well. There have been times that I chose them because of that when I needed a quick connectivity hit, but I also saw a guy set up a mini-Mac, 24" monitor, and a printer at a table and camp out there for a while. On the other hand, for at least part of that time there was a kid screaming in his ear from the next table. That would have limited my time if I were him... Larry M.

Bert22306
User Rank
CEO
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
Bert22306   8/30/2011 8:00:26 PM
NO RATINGS
I think Janine has a really good point. In the US, there are many places now, like coffee shops and sandwich bars, that offer WiFi for free. The result is not only a "heads down" environment, but possibly much more bothersome, people get so engrossed in their texting or their laptop web browsing that they hog their table for hours and hours. Even as other patrons come and go, and perhaps find it hard to get a table at all. I'm sure that even this is a mixed bag for the establishment. The more engrossed the patrons get, the less food or drink they buy, and the more they discourage others from coming in. Nothing new in any of this. Everything is a mixed bag, everything has unintended consequences of some kind.

LarryM99
User Rank
CEO
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
LarryM99   8/30/2011 5:40:37 PM
NO RATINGS
I have a cousin that long made his living in Las Vegas running a set of game machines (think Tetris, not slots) in bars. Customers with lowered inhibitions can be very appealing to vendors in this casual gaming market. I see this as a logical extension to that market. Some bars might even set up default home pages to try to trap some of that revenue. Larry M.

Jeff.Petro
User Rank
Rookie
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
Jeff.Petro   8/30/2011 3:42:09 PM
NO RATINGS
jackOMT appears to have singled it out. With all the pubs closing, this is merely another way to get customers inside. Coffee shops in North America have been doing this to provide a more inviting atmosphere for awhile now. It seems natural that pubs in the UK would eventually do the same. The only downside is that it accelerates the 'heads down' mentality. People are already slaves to their devices and free wifi will decrease their inhibitions to send just one more message. Have you ever dealt with one of these people? Face to face conversations are stopped mid-sentence to check their phones. Meetings are interrupted by the clackity clack of text messaging. Our need to be connected to others have created a socity of disconnected people (Whoa, now that's deep). I'll admit I'd use the wifi to settle a bar room argument (ie who was the lead striker of the Premier League in the 1992 season?), but then again, I probably use my data plan to settle the argument as well. I only use my phone for convenience but others treat it as a necessity. All this talk has made me thirsty, see you at the pub ... I'll be the one with my phone in my pocket ... having a real conversation ... with real people ... face to face ... what a novel concept.

Neo10
User Rank
Rookie
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
Neo10   8/30/2011 9:20:30 AM
NO RATINGS
Chill out guys, wifi is not going to dim that pint you are having and who knows it might even help improve sales for loners in the pub. I can already see a smirk with a burp and tap-tap-tap...

prabhakar_deosthali
User Rank
CEO
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
prabhakar_deosthali   8/30/2011 7:28:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Whether it is pubs or coffee houses the scene has definitely changed from a gossiping place to a Texting place. Even when groups of friends meet to have a gossip they are actually exchanging latest jokes and pictures over Bluetooth enabled mobiles.

jackOfManyTrades
User Rank
Manager
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
jackOfManyTrades   8/30/2011 7:20:35 AM
NO RATINGS
Actually - another thought. The "beer with the boys" also involves doing a quiz. Pub quizzes are common in the UK, but I suspect also peculiar to the UK. A wifi connection would make it easier for OTHER teams to cheat, of course...

jackOfManyTrades
User Rank
Manager
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
jackOfManyTrades   8/30/2011 7:17:58 AM
NO RATINGS
There are two reasons why I go to the pub: either for a meal (or occasionally just a drink) with my family or to have a beer with the boys. Neither need a wifi connection. However, pubs in the UK are closing at an alarming rate (possibly due to alcohol becoming increasingly cheap in supermarkets or perhaps the smoking ban). So, if having wifi in a pub means that it can attract a new type of customer and that makes it less likely to close, I'm all for it.

David Ashton
User Rank
Blogger
re: Beer and Wi-Fi: perfect together?
David Ashton   8/29/2011 8:51:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Duane, there's a similar technique used in solar inverters - MPPT. You could call your version the Maximum Pub Productivity Theorem..??? (and if you want volunteers for your study, put my name down please!)

<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
<b><a href=Betajet">

The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Betajet
1 Comment
The Circle, a satirical, dystopian novel published in 2013 by San Francisco-based writer Dave Eggers, is about a large, very powerful technology company that combines aspects of Google, ...

Max Maxfield

Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
Max Maxfield
6 comments
I'm not sure if I read more than most folks or not, but I do I know that I spend quite a lot of time reading. I hate to be idle, so I always have a book or two somewhere about my person -- ...

Martin Rowe

No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Martin Rowe
2 comments
American Thanksgiving is next week, and while some people watch (American) football all day, the real competition on TV has become Punkin Chunkin. But there will be no Punkin Chunkin on TV ...

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...