This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Boeing has to perform meticulous tests in its cabins to make sure in-flight Wi-Fi signals don’t affect plane navigation and communication systems … Boeing fills its cabins with 20,000 pounds worth of potatoes to simulate the effect of the human body. The potatoes accurately depict how our bodies would reflect and absorb Wi-Fi signals as they travel through the cabin
A traveler goes to Flightfox.com and sets up a competition, supplying information about the desired itinerary and clarifying a few preferences, like a willingness to “fly on any airline to save money” or a tolerance of “long layovers to save money.” Once Flightfox posts the contest, the crowd is invited to go to work and submit fares.
The contest runs three days, and the winner, the person who finds the lowest fare, gets 75 percent of the finder’s fee that the traveler pays Flightfox when setting up the competition
Gatwick Express commissioned Radio 1 DJ Benga, indie band The Milk and film composer/cellist Philip Sheppard to create three 30 minute Express Tracks, synched exactly to the view from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
virtual scrapbooks are created for you automatically after you connect your various social services … and provide the dates for the scrapbook. These books can be private to you and those you specifically invite to view them, or you can allow any of your Facebook friends to see them. Those friends can also collaborate alongside you on books for events where multiple friends were in attendance…. You can even set up the scrapbooks in advance of your trip, and have them automatically created on the fly as you post photos and check-ins
At the historical park of Kfar Kedem in northern Israel, with guides decked out in biblical robes and headdresses, tourists can get away from the hustle-and-bustle of Tel Aviv and experience the holy land of the Old Testament by riding donkeys through the world famous hills of Galilee. However, should this ride through history prove boring, the park now provides social media and email— via a very anachronistic device around the donkey’s neck. The device, which looks as if it is a feedbag, is actually a Wi-Fi router
Using lightweight tablet computers allows airlines to greatly reduce the weight of their aircraft, through the removal of existing inflight entertainment systems that can weigh more than two tonnes.
The “Know Me” programme will use Google images to find pictures of passengers so that staff can approach them as they arrive at the terminal or plane. BA staff will also search individual data held by the airline, including if a regular traveller has experienced problems on previous flights, such as delays, so that crew are primed to apologise. Jo Boswell, head of customer analysis at BA, said: “We’re essentially trying to recreate the feeling of recognition you get in a favourite restaurant…”The airline is aiming to send 4,500 personal recognition messages a day by the end of the year.
After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.
Want to find out who will be on your KLM flight? With Meet & Seat you can view other passengers’ Facebook or LinkedIn profile details and see where they’ll be sitting
why Huck Finn or On the Road as enacted today sound so dreary. Where Percy, in another essay, describes Huck and Jim as “reposing … all hope in what may lie around the bend,” we can hardly imagine them doing so when what lies around the bend is displayed at all times on a screen before them. Nor can we imagine Sal and Dean dreaming the promise of every cobbled alley, or of all kinds of unforeseen events lurking to surprise them, when they are striving to make sure that events are foreseen. The technology that is meant to facilitate travel deadens the spirit of discovery that draws us to the experience