Partly for the hell of it and partly because I can, and partly to one-up Jon Husband who Skyped me a while ago from a Lufthansa flight somewhere over Newfoundland, as far as I can tell this is from somewhere over Mt Everest in the middle of the night.
I know its night because its like the inside of a cow out there, and there has been almost constant light "chop" since a while after we left Guanzhou on the way to Frankfurt.
Even better, since Boeing decided to pull out of its "Connexion" airborne Internet service, its now free on Lufthansa, at least till they sort pout what is going to happen to it next.
And what interests me about that is that their business model must have been based on assumptions about the number of business people who would pay for inflight Internet. We know for sure THAT was wrong; what I'd love to know is how busy its been since it was free and why Lufthansa isn't now selling adverts on their login page.
But if the business flier can't sustain a business model for paid access, how do we imagine that people in poor countries will be able to sustain paid access? Actually I'm on the way to Stockholm for some work on the Challenge where we will look again into exactly that question. Plus I've just spent a VERY interesting day in Manila talking with some cool people about some ideas for testing some connectivity propositions in the TXTing capital of the world. God I hope THAT works out.
Anyway, I'm off to play whack-a-mole with the mailbox spam and in half an hour to try calling my wife on Skype out.
/juvenile mucking about with technology