"I spend 2 to 4 hours at a table so I try to buy ONE OR TWO DRINKS!"
Free desk, free utilities, free computer hookup, free restrooms in MANHATTAN.
What is that woman thinking? What are these shops thinking?
It is more common than you think...a free desk for freelancers. Perez Hilton doesn't have an office...he just updates his site from coffee shops!
Who is Perez Hilton?
A guy who blogs about celebrities...and has turned himself into a celebrity...I feel ashamed to know this... ;)
Does anyone in NYC do this from Italian restaurants... twice?
How many times have we seen the whines for FREE this ot that, access to website content, news etc"
" Whine, whine, whine, I want it for FREE"
So why is anyone surprised that some FREE WiFi users abuse the deal?
I should complain, it wasn't free, I had to buy a coffee!
It wouldn't be beyond the wit of man to devise a system that gave you a code for a fixed time on-line with your receipt.
There is. Hotspot gateways. Normally chargable for an hour. Just make it free, but keep the hour expirey.
A decent one will cost £300-£500. Make itself back in a month.
Often I will get a call while I am on the road and the nature of the call will require me to log into a server and do something.
I have no problem pulling into a parking lot in front of a coffee shop, getting out my laptop and doing what I need then drive away once completed, without even going inside. I have yet to feel guilt over this practice, I am never there longer than 45 minutes and I am not taking up a seat that a paying customer may want.
There are routers that have a built in ticketing system in place. They will redirect user's browsers to a login page that lives on the router. Entering a user name and password will allow the person access for X amount of time.
You can get one with a printer for tickets around $600-$700. Not that hard to crack down on. Although I see the dilemma about competing with chains. But hasn't that always been a challenge of the small guy vs the big guy?
Damn. I live in Seattle right now, where this is a perfectly acceptable practice depending on the coffee shop. (I try to tip well though.) I'm planning on moving to NYC soon and would like to continue to work in coffee shops for hours at a time. Maybe not eight hours, but 3-4. Perhaps a neighborhood in Brooklyn will have coffee shops that are cool.
Why do people want to sit in a coffee shop for more than several hours on the laptop anyway? Would it not be best to sit in your own house for several hours?
The only time that I would want such a service would be to check emails when away from home. I reckon that I could deal with anything urgent within 30 minutes.
@rj87uk ...boplicity wrote
|Perhaps a neighborhood in Brooklyn will have coffee shops that are cool. |
to some people you sell the steak ..to others you sell the sizzle ..to others you convince them that drinking vastly over priced crap coffee in a precisely manufactured / designed surround is "cool"
you sell little bits of "armour" and "rayment" to allow people to construct the self image they would like to have ..that cool people drink coffee in coffee shops ..and be "discovered" or "get dates" or whatever
dont knock the selling of it ..( "coolness" )..:)
just beware of maya ..
selling maya is however an old profession ..( amongst the oldest of the professions ).just ask any shaman , priest or ad executive ..
practically ..using any wi fi spot ..public or otherwise ..is really dumb ..unless you are researching for your presentation at blackhat :)
setting one up can be lucrative ..just until the person who bought danish and latte's uploads the kpron ..then you are liable ..as the owner of the "spot" ..
running or using free or even paid for wi fi is fraught with perils and posers ..
If you have internet on your cell phone you can always use it to get on internet. I connect mine to my laptop all the time.
I saw Perez Hilton on Cribs the other day. He has a 2 bedroom apartment. One room is his closet.
So to sum up: Spending several hours in a coffee shop is cool. I hope I don't end up as cool as they lot then...
It must be cool. Didn't the Beat Generation hang out in coffee shops and recite poetry? :)
|Didn't the Beat Generation hang out in coffee shops |
Maynard G Krebs may have hung out in 50's espresso shops but I'm quite sure he never did any work <<<?!?>>> in one.