Posts Tagged ‘connected’

Qualcomm Makes a YouTube of Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco, and Nobody Watches

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

So let’s see here, Jay Nath shoots a commercial for Qualcomm and then nobody, and I mean nobody, watches it.

Check it:

Here’s a bon mot:

“We see this digital space of empowering our citizens as the next generation of city government,” Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer San Francisco.”

And here’s another:

“When allowed to flourish, mobile can transform lives in tangible ways, as we increasingly become more connected to each other. This episode features Jay Nath, the Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco and Rob Chappell of Neighborland, a mobile app to empower citizens as they talk about how technology leads to “connected empowerment.”

Observations:

1. “Chief Innovation Officer?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How “innovative.” Not.

2. Are those goofy green $1000 office chairs for real? SFGov really paid for those?

3. How many days of shooting did Qualcomm do of you riding your bike around wearing a suit?

4. Were you contractually obligated to be pawing an off-brand tablet what looked just like the off-brand tablet the other dude had? Like pads are for bidness, is that supposed to be the takeaway here. you know for the two people / bots who press play on your video each day?

5. And isn’t SFPark just a way for the SFMTA to continue to increase its budget waaaaaaaay past the inflation rate? I mean, that’s the reason for SFPark, right?

Now, isn’t San Francisco still The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S?

I think so.

Shouldn’t you be working on that, you know, the corruption instead of yammering about “empowerment,” which, you know, comes off a little patronizing, right?

I think so.

In closing, empowerment, Qualcomm, world-class, innovation capital of the world, natural amphitheatre, dramatic transformation, have I missed any already-dated buzz phrases?

Sometimes I just d0n’t know…

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There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

See?

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Hurray!

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!

A Rare Sighting of MUNI’s Green TheConnectedBus – One Down, 799 To Go

Monday, July 13th, 2009

This was the scene last week up at the Legion of Honor Museum in the Lincoln Park area of the Outer Richmond District.  It’s The Connected Bus.

This thing made a big splash last year. But then, nothing. Was NextBus integration an issue?

And weren’t we supposed to get 799 more WiFi-enabled buses? Think so.

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What gives?

“SFMTA/Muni announces the completion of its service schedule for the Connected Bus pilot project. Service ended May 15, 2009.

The Connected Bus improves the customer experience by providing wireless Internet access and interactive displaysof real-time information along the route, including the status of connecting routes at key transfer points.  In addition, it provides Muni operations with a running “health” check on the bus of the mileage, fuel use, internal bus systems, passenger loading, and maintenance schedules to improve efficiency and reliability of the fleet.  Instant “emergency” links from the touchscreen monitors to the bus operator and the police may one day provide added security features.”

So now it’s just a regular old disconnected bus?