Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Wednesday, March 31, 2004

  Another report from VON

James Thomson wrote up a nice report on the VOIP products and services that caught his eye.

I woke up late this morning, stiff and sore and a little hung over from the VON party, and had to bike to an appointment in Santa Cruz. I was in a godawful hurry to get there on time, having promised to make it "just a little bit late", and got as far as the San Lorenzo river before I realized that I was having fun on the trip, and needed to slow down and shoot some GPS bearings. OK, actually, I was pretty tired, and my motor was dead, so I sat by the river for a while and thought.

Missed the appt. Had a wonderful day instead. Realized that only 3000 ft seperated the Santa Cruz Wharf and Steamers Lane. Something I faked up years ago as a joke for April Fools day is now doable... The Hurwitz WetWorld surfer - a surfboard that could also surf the internet. OK, OK, I realize now that using the leash as an antenna was impractical.... but the rest? doable. A PDA (actually, to keep the board balanced and taut with a normal stringer, you'd have to embed two PDAs in the board), some epoxy, a wireless connection.... Maybe I should have patented the idea.
 
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