I'm in Napier doing the family thing. I really like this town. It is as is known , the Art Deco Capital of the world, courtesy of their having to rebuilt the town after the big earthquake hit the region in the 1930's.
There are still people around who remember it. I've met a couple - mostly friends of my parents in law, and all, now definitely in their senior days. Precious few senior moments though; one in particular could nail an ambiguity from 330 meters.
As for now, I'm sitting in Ujazi having a decent cup of coffee. I had hoped to make an estactic blog abut the ubiquity of the wifi set up here in Napier and the Bay in general courtesay of Cafe Net and their local partner Airnet.
I also wanted to casually let drop that I've been given another instance of the MacBook Air to play with, which, in turn, sits beside the new iTouch which was also in the box. I have them both for two weeks. And - yep - it is very hard to give these things back.
However all this bouncing is kind of on the back burner until I finish this coffee and recover from half an hour stuffing around trying to get online, writing a blog post, and then having the whole thing lost because the connection kept dropping in an out.
Living in the Cloud - not.
In short, the notion of living in the cloud, which underpins both the MacBook air and the iTouch, is just that, a dream. and at this point - having lost two hours of Napier sunshine, and the opportunity for a swim in their brilliant outdoor municipal pool, its really hacking me off.
But don't blame Napier. It's worse in Auckland. I live in the CBD, and can rarely get a wifi connection, except for an equally spotty CafeNet, and a Telecom Hotspot. Of more later.
I have the same kind of issues when I visit Wellington and Christchurch, although at least the former, CafeNet's home town, has decent coverage around the main points of the Beltway - e.g. Moblie in the Park, Courtney Place, Molesworth, The Terrace, Wellington City Library etc.
In Christchrch its much the same - though they go one better in one respect - Christchurch City Library central branch , bless them, as part of their complimentary internet access, offer wifi access to anyone who walks in with a laptop. Now thats what I call being receptive.
Telecom Wifi Zones
And so back to the the T word - Telecom NZ . In my bag at my feet is a crumbled letter from Telecom NZ telling me, with breathless excitement, that they have partnered with another firm to extend and enhance their wifi hotspots at the new cost of $10 an hour.
Ten dollars and hour! This, as the Brits would say is a joke - you are having a laugh, Dr Reynolds, go on admit - cos you really had me going there.
But no - its true! In a week when my namesake Dr Reynolds finally got separation day across the line to the delight and applause of Minister Cunliffe, industry, innovation, and even some grudging praise from their competitors, Telecom decides to go mad and take us back to the old days of robber baron profiteering
Dr Reynolds, before you head for Sydney to reassure your investors that everything is rocking on, can you pick up the phone, make a call, and sort this. Because, believe, me as my old mother would have said, fun's fun , but tae hell wi nonesense!'