All in all, it turned out well, and I must say- the cheese, which was a random inspiration, was the killer. Balanced everything else out nicely.
Anyway, I've been thinking about more than cooking and work lately.
Specifically, municipal wi-fi has been the big thing in my head lately. See, here's the thing. In the next generation of the business model, internet access will not only be free- it will have to be. Here's the thing, wireless internet gives us a few massive advantages. First off, the infrastructure is going to be cheap to maintain. Unlike earlier networking technologies, there's no cables to maintain, no overhead getting signal from point a to point b. For a few hundred dollars of off the shelf parts, I can cover my neighborhood in wireless network.
This leads us to the applications. If I have an always on connection, the draw for wearable computing and, specifically, becomes much stronger. Imagine, for example, walking into a store, looking at a product, and getting a listing back of every store in the nearby area that sells the same product and what they charge.
That is a huge business advantage. Highway wifi could replace OnStar, giving any driver with an in-dash computer the capacity to get directions, road-side assistance, etc.
But here's the kicker- all of this business that would be opened up, would be useless with a pay-by-access fee. These businesses won't show up unless there's a slew of early adopters, willing to move in with the latest technology and reap the benefits- and that's not going to happen if there's any real cost to getting online all the time.
This isn't to say Internet should be free. That bandwith has to be paid for, the network has to be maintained. So the secret is this- pay for it with services. I've listed off a handful of always-on services that could be available. Imagine Wifsites- Wifi sites on a local, community network- a digital bulliten board. Space on that could be sold, much like classifieds in a magazine. CMR tools and add ons could bring in a massive premium. Enough such that we wouldn't be selling internet access, in fact, we could make standard intarweb free- and support that with the services.
This is the next generation business model for the internet, mark my words.