I'm in Santa Barbara, which like Palm Springs is the playground of the rich and famous, especially in the ritzy enclave of Montecito, just to the south. Here we are, in a $325 a night hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, just blocks from pal Doug Margerum's soon to be sold Wine Cask and the cell service of Cingular is non-existant. To pain the picture, the hotel walls are two feet thick. The glass is double paned and we're on the second floor. For cell coverage, that all spells double trouble.
Am I cell less? Nope. Both my Nokia N95 and Nokia E61i have dual mode capability and are running Truphone, as well as GizmoProject being available on the N95 and N800. While Helene has been getting some sleep, I've been on a series of business calls all morning, and candidly, no one noticed a single problem. The calls were pristine, with total clarity, and thats with both Helene and I on laptops, and my Nokia N800 wailing away to the sounds of Oasis and the Stereophonics.
And just like the closing words of KenRadio's "World Technology Roundup" which I cohost with Ken Rutkowski, I'm "staying connected."
So much for the digital divide for those of us who know how to cross it.