Jim's Techie Tour of Las Vegas
Or, how good are these free wifi hotspots?
Well, I had grand plans for this so-called Techie Tour to see
and evaluate the various wifi hotspots in the Las Vegas area, but those plans
were quickly shelved by the realization of several things once I was there:
- It's hard to get around town on the busses, especially on
weekends. There are too many tourists and not enough busses to handle
them all during peak times of the day. I felt like a sardine many
times having to pack it in on busses with standing-room-only that too often
were erratic in their arrival times at each stop. I'd frequently wait
15 to 20 minutes with a crowd at the stop and then 2 or sometimes 3 busses
would show up at one time. Then we'd have to hope that there wasn't a
crowd at the next stop.
- It was too hot during most of the days to spend too much
time outside. You'd think 100+ degrees of dry heat is great, but add
to that all the bus and car exhaust fumes and the large crowds and you'll
change your mind quickly!
- There were at least a dozen wifi hotspots or internet
connections advertised for free or some cheap rate at many of the small businesses
along the northern end of the strip, but I wouldn't think of connecting at
any of them and risk having a password stolen, or worse. If
you're a techie like me and need a connection while there, pick a hotel that
offers wired or wireless in-room access as one of the amenities. No hotel has
it for free, to my knowledge, so be prepared to pay $10 to $12 per day to
get your email.