El Monte, Calif., puts Wi-Fi on 60-foot tandem buses: Commuters will take fancy new buses into work in Los Angeles. Foothill Transit will launch 30 buses.
Dwight Silverman kills Wi-Fi routers: He's not the only one, but he's got a bad track record. Of course, the Deadline Monitoring Protocol (DMP) works perfectly well in all hardware ever sold, which is why he had so many fail in sequence.
Wi-FI Bedouins: An interesting runthrough of the office-in-coffeeshop lifestyle in San Francisco, with cameos by Om Malik and Craig Newmark. The cafe owner who says he spends $2,000 a month in electricity, ostensibly blaming this rate on laptop users--it's unclear--a typical high-end laptop pulls less than 100 watts. A kilowatt-hour, or 100 watts used over 10 hours, costs no more than 20 cents anywhere in the urban US that I'm aware of. So $2,000 = at least 10,000 laptops hours per month, and probably a lot more. I'm guessing it's the espresso machines, lights, and refrigeration.
Future Berkeley ferry will be Wi-Fi'd: It's just a passing mention, but service could be up and running in 2010.
Oregonian keeps beating drum of low signal strength indoors: Mike Rogoway files another story about how the MetroFi network, covering just part of the city so far, has poor indoor signal strength. The company and city say that they should have promoted that fact, earlier. The network sees 500 daily users with 90 minutes of average use. Personal Telco's Michael Weinberg notes that you could build a network with indoor coverage at a far higher cost that wouldn't require bridges.