Lundquist: Quick Reality Check
eWeek's EIC got little help from "hot spots" on his way to the Centrino launch in New York Wednesday.NEW YORK – I got up early this morning and took a car service to Bostons Logan airport. There were no hotspots in the car. I ran to the Delta shuttle at Logan and had no time to look for hotspots, as I was tied up trying to get my shoes back on before the airplane door was closed. In the cab to the Manhattan Center down on 34th Street, there were no hotspots. When the cab became jammed up in traffic, I jumped out and cut through Penn Station. Lots of hot spots around Penn, but not any kind Intel would want to promote. When I made it to my seat at the Manhattan Center, I fired up my aging ThinkPad with the Linksys wireless card. The card found five connecting points, four labeled Centrino and one labeled Linkys. Out of loyalty, I tried Linksys first and had no luck. However, all four Centrino connections worked. It makes one wonder. The Intel press conference started with Mr. Tipping Point, Malcolmn Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Gladwell looks like a refugee from the Hair revival musical and told the audience that Centrino is as important as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the transistor and the microwave oven. Oh, please. Gladwells discussion took place under a big unwire banner, a word which will probably become the source of some new trademark war. The logo has a red Centrino protozoa living directly under the blue Intel Inside protozoa.
Craig Barrett, Intel boss, claimed the Centrino and wireless hotspots represents the first real example in twenty years of the convergence of communications and computers. The industry needed three factors, he claimed: desire, devices and deployment. He says all are now in evidence.
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