Does this mean we are finally a somebody city?

by Lee Hopkins on June 22, 2006 · 9 comments

in miscellaneous

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And will they have free wireless broadband? Will this become my new ‘home away from home’?

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  • http://themediapod.net/ Ross Monaghan

    Free wireless access? That’s a joke right Lee?

  • http://themediapod.net Ross Monaghan

    Free wireless access? That’s a joke right Lee?

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee

    I remember friends of mine who lived in San Francisco used to spend a lot of their time in Starbucks precisely because of the free wifi.

    Glenn Reynolds goes to a bit of length in Chptr 3 of his book (see http://leehopkins.net/2006/06/21/book-review-an-army-of-davids-by-glenn-reynolds/ ) to explain the latest concept and/or trend in retailing, to turn the retail environment into somewhere you want to return and relax in (on the very sound principle that relaxing and building an emotional rapport with a place increases trade). Hence the popularity of Borders with their cafe — a trend which is spreading to more and more retailers. There are restaurants here in Adelaide that offer free wifi. Sounds like a good deal to me!

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee

    I remember friends of mine who lived in San Francisco used to spend a lot of their time in Starbucks precisely because of the free wifi.

    Glenn Reynolds goes to a bit of length in Chptr 3 of his book (see http://leehopkins.net/2006/06/21/book-review-an-army-of-davids-by-glenn-reynolds/ ) to explain the latest concept and/or trend in retailing, to turn the retail environment into somewhere you want to return and relax in (on the very sound principle that relaxing and building an emotional rapport with a place increases trade). Hence the popularity of Borders with their cafe — a trend which is spreading to more and more retailers. There are restaurants here in Adelaide that offer free wifi. Sounds like a good deal to me!

  • http://www.sayitbetter.com/ kare

    Lee.. It is when you get a Peets Coffee outlet to compete with Starbucks that you’ll have really arrived…. speaking of Bay Area favorites (a reach, I know, to bring the conversation back to blogging), I’m excited to report that across the bay in S.F. they announced a newly-funded startup today that’s got the first of a series of web-based widget, called Widgetbox™
    to provide interactive features (auctions, games, ad placement, etc.) for blogs, site and social networks.

    I am eager to see how the tech-savvy people like you use these new features. Stay tuned

  • http://www.sayitbetter.com kare

    Lee.. It is when you get a Peets Coffee outlet to compete with Starbucks that you’ll have really arrived…. speaking of Bay Area favorites (a reach, I know, to bring the conversation back to blogging), I’m excited to report that across the bay in S.F. they announced a newly-funded startup today that’s got the first of a series of web-based widget, called Widgetbox™
    to provide interactive features (auctions, games, ad placement, etc.) for blogs, site and social networks.

    I am eager to see how the tech-savvy people like you use these new features. Stay tuned

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee

    Hey Kare,

    Great to see you are still interested in reading what I have to say — I’m flattered. And thank you, too, for your very kind words on your blog the other day. I only hope that one day you have the opportunity to buy me a Sausalito coffee house cappuccino!

    The hardest thing with these new tools (and it seems there’s something new released every day — an explosion like we had in 1999/2000) is finding the time to play with them and discover their capabilities. One of my clients raved about MindManagerPro so much I ended up buying it sight unseen, and after 6 months I still only touch perhaps 5% of its capabilities. But one of these days, when I win the lottery and don’t have to worry about finding and keeping clients… {smile}

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee

    Hey Kare,

    Great to see you are still interested in reading what I have to say — I’m flattered. And thank you, too, for your very kind words on your blog the other day. I only hope that one day you have the opportunity to buy me a Sausalito coffee house cappuccino!

    The hardest thing with these new tools (and it seems there’s something new released every day — an explosion like we had in 1999/2000) is finding the time to play with them and discover their capabilities. One of my clients raved about MindManagerPro so much I ended up buying it sight unseen, and after 6 months I still only touch perhaps 5% of its capabilities. But one of these days, when I win the lottery and don’t have to worry about finding and keeping clients… {smile}

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