Posts Tagged ‘cel’

What’s Hanging Off the Side of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – The Scariest-Looking Cell Phone Antennas Imaginable?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

That’s window cleaning equipment on the left, but what are those huge antennas on the right?

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Courage.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the "major gift" worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

AT&T Goes All Out to Make Sure Your iPhone Works at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – Hidden COLT Vehicle Saves the Day?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The last thing AT&T wants is all you Apple iPhoners unable to check stock quotes and download porn during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.

So, they’ve got a plan, a plan to blanket Speedway Meadow with enough non-ionizing radiation to cook a hot dog at 200 yards. That way, your phone will work for sure for a change.

(I don’t know, I have a Palm Treo smartphone that Costco gave me about four years ago cause I signed up for a two-year contract, unlimited data for $15. Works fine. They say I can’t get that kind of deal on a new contract these days – the workers at the cell phone companies tell me to just keep my existing contract. Anyway, Sprint never has dropped a call on me, for what it’s worth.)

AT&T in the hiz-ouse on JFK Drive today. The truck itself, the Cellular On Light Truck truck is near the top of a hill at a secure undisclosed location.

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Here’s what the trucks look like – they can get pretty big.

Anyway, I think that’s what Ma Bell is doing, maybe they have a cooperation deal with other providers, I don’t know.

Tell me if your iPhone don’t work at HSBF10. Or more likely you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how smoothly your Apple mobile works.

Who knows…

San Franciscans Give Up on Promised WiFi, Resorting to Cell Phone Tethering Instead

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I won’t even get into how ridiculous it is that San Francisco has no comprehensive WiFi service available when you consider the promises made a half-decade ago. The issue of the day is what you can do to get online wirelessly with your netbook or notebook or lapbook or whatever.

Of course you can always linger about a Tulley’s Coffee or (the very nice) Valencia Gardens housing project and get 50+ megabits per second, but most of San Francisco offers you no connection at all.

But how about tethering your cell phone to your netbook to get connected all over town. PdaNet software can get the job done for most smart phones (and even for your iPhone, assuming it’s jailbroke). Check it:

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See? Sprint connects pretty well all over town, so you can use your cellie’s $15/month unlimited data plan to connect to the Internet at a slow, but serviceable 2.4 Mbps.

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Hurray!