Sunday, November 23, 2003

Intel has found that Exeter is a centre for wifi. Well, this comes as a bit of a surprise for those of us who live here. But maybe I should get out more. There may be much more happening than seems to be the case.

I was based at Hyperactive Cafe on Queen Street till it closed down. There is now no internet cafe in exeter other than a few screens in Extreme, Princesshay. The library has good access but I don't think they allow sound. Actually Extreme has no sound either.

Most of the sites Intel know about are based on games machines in pubs. Apparently the games update overnight using bandwidth that is still there by day. However, not every pub has a support unit to explain how things work. My intention is to diligently explore all the sites but this may take some time.

So far I have tried out the Turk's Head. Some interest but no track record so far. The City Gate has got Young's but no technical staff either.

I invested in a £6 deal with BTOpenzone. So far I have not been able to log on but do get a signal. The Buckerall Lodge seems to be working ok and tghe word is that there is occasional use, often by people at conferences.

The Cavern still has a dial-up modem device. £1 for fifteen minutes.

The BT phone boxes on South Street and the coach station both show a signal but no sign of use. The people in the computer shop opposite on South Street have not seen anything yet.

Further investigation follows. Any news of developments please contact me. The bandwidth appears to be 11 megs per second which would be quite good if it was being used.

Will Pollard

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