Pogue on the Internet

David Pogue: One thing that’s been striking me is, how Neanderthal and crude our efforts at wireless are today. I firmly believe that I will be telling my grandchildren, “When I was your age, if I wanted to check my e-mail, I’d have to drive around town looking for a coffee shop. We had base stations in those days with 150-foot range. We did.”

It’s like it’s so obvious that wireless is going to be everywhere, like a cell phone is almost now. We’ll have our iPhones or our laptops and we’ll be able to check.

For your laptop now, you can get these really wonderful cards that get you onto the internet at pretty high speed wherever you can make a cell phone call, but it’s 60 bucks a month. It’s just still a niche thing for white-collar businessmen.

But I firmly believe that that will have to be the way we go. Wired stuff will still be good for the home, cable and DSL and so on, but I think the wireless is the area where we have the most advances yet to make.

Recorded on: May 15, 2008.

Our connections will all be wireless in the future, says Pogue.

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