Monday, January 31, 2011

Greetings from 30,000 feet

OK, count it as a #fail if you must, I missed yesterday's post.  I was too busy readying myself for FETC this week in beautiful Orlando.  But, I promise I will double post today to make up for it.

I never thought I would be blogging from 30,000 ft but here I am cramped in like a sardine barely able to type, but still able to blog thanks to GoGo Inflight Internet.  Unlike every other tool I plan on sharing during this project GoGo is far from free or even cheap.  $9.95 for a 2 and a half hour flight.  But just think how far we've come in a few short years.  We are able to access information  practically anywhere, when just a few years back we were asked to turn off all electronic devices in flight. By the Way GoGo also allows for access to the internet on your smart device (IOS or Android), but I believe that is a separate charge. I've been answering helpdesk tickets and emails already this morning and it's made the first hour of the trip fly by.  The connection seems stable and reliable.  In fact they have a little widget that shares status information and fun facts with you.  I thought it was interesting enough to share:
Unfortunately, I didn't grab the snapshot claiming that the record for a continuous wifi connection was something like 237 miles during which the user transferred 3.7 Mb of data and to be honest I'm not sure if that is impressive or not.   Oh well, hopefully we don't meet any of those Whopper Swans.

From what I've learned about GoGo, it works based on a series of towers owned by AirCell.  I know they work in conjunction with American Airlines, but also offer wifi service to other companies.  Be sure to check your flight next time you book to make sure they can get you connected at 30,000 feet.  Well, time to catch my inflight movie on Netflix! I'll let you know how that goes.  Now where's my stewardess with that $20 bag of popcorn?!
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