It’s nice when things just work. And when you’re on the road, Wi-Fi is one of those things you really appreciate. I’ve posted before about how well Marriott supports travelers with wi-fi. This brief note is as positive as that one was, but has a few more moving parts. It’s about using Coffeespot, a lovely little iPhone app, to find a Starbucks, and about finding a connection when I got there.
Not much more to it than that. If you have a Starbucks card, and I went for it pretty early on, you’re entitled to two hours a day of free Wi-Fi use. Of course, there are other ways to do this – one of my favorites is the local public library, and in the Valley there are many really pleasant ones with Wi-Fi. In this case, I was in a neighborhood I don’t frequent, and had 90 minutes till my next meeting. And I was certainly ready for a hot beverage in a pleasant location with some electrons and an internet connection on the side.
That’s where Coffeespot came in – a quick touch on the screen, it read my location with the iPhone GPS and showed me where the nearest coffee places (not Starbucks only) might be, and then when I picked one, mapped me to it. 5 minutes later I was logged in – and making productive use of my time by writing this blog post, listening to the awesome remastered Beatles CDs. It only seemed fair to write this and recommend all the participants in this tale of success. Happy travels out there.