WiFi’ing at the KOI Airport

I am officing at the Kirkwall Airport this morning – possibly the only place in Orkney to catch a WiFi signal faster than 1MEG. Of course my own Wifi on North End Road is available to anyone who walks by, but then 48k isn’t really worth the trip, especially when we share it around.
So here i am, downloading hundreds of MGs and feeling like Neo on Matrix. . .
Want to update some more programs? Want to download some more demos?

Nearly 10 years ago I was doing the same thing – officing in public places. We were living in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco (read RED_LIGHT district) and every day i used to office at the coffee shop below our studio apartment. I kept regular office hours there so that people could make appointments and meet with me at certain times. Kirkwall airport is a little far away to start regular hours. Although the coffee is cheap, and the WiFi is fast . . . . i imagine i will be here at least once a week.


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • is your house in an adsl enabled area? i was reading about some fantastic technology that is used to keep you island folk connected. to be fair all of orkney is on wifi!

  • our town will be adsl enabled next july. long time to wait.other islands on west coast are doing the “connected community” thing but not here.

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