After spending six and a half lovely hours at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, watching the miserable snow and misty rain falling out of the sky, my Air Canada flight was finally allowed off the ground and into the air, only to find myself soon in Times Square in NYC, standing amidst more nasty weather.
This is why I left NYC 11 years ago and moved back to Texas.
But, I must say, Pearson is a true business travelers’ airport.
I’m long unqualified for any of the airline lounge programs (unless I want to fork over $500 a year), but Pearson makes such havens unnecessary. There were plenty of chairs freely available to the masses, nice restaurants and bars (where I enjoyed some insurance sushi and beer before my long-delayed flight), and most noticeably, free wi-fi throughout the airport.
Yes, I said it: Free wi-fi throughout the airport. The kind of wi-fi you can suck oxygen freely through without gasping for bandwidth. The kind where you can stream a Netflix show or get your actual file attachments without looking back and forth guiltily at all the the other normally weary, bandwidth-starved travelers.
Steve Lohr with The New York Times just penned a piece this morning about how the web is, by necessity, speeding up, but being nicknamed “Turbo,” I fear it could never get fast enough for me. But I’ll appreciate every effort that Akamai and others are making to speed up the bits and bytes.
Me, I took charge of my own privacy with Google a number of years ago, shutting down their search history feature. What I’m searching for and when is my own business, far as I’m concerned, but I’m happy to let them put little ads up against my queries if that’s what it takes to keep the service free.
As I explain to people, having that search history feature turned “on” is like having multiple people following you around the shopping mall, with nice HD cameras, capturing your every move. If you don’t believe me, Google “Ghostery” and download the handy little app to see how many third-party cookies are watching YOUR every move.
Ghostery positions itself as “your window into the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior.”
Ghostery “tracks the trackers” and lets you know who all has invaded your machine.
So that if you decide to do a little hunting yourself, you’ll know precisely what you’re looking for.