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Personal WiFi Comes to a Pocket Near You

mifi05.07.09.jpgAs a “professional blogger,” we spend far too much time wandering around looking for places with WiFi. (One can only spend so much time in one’s apartment before one goes nuts, especially when two stories are being added onto the roof of one’s building.)

Those days might be drawing to a close. The New York TimesDavid Pogue writes about MiFi, a new device that gives you wireless while sitting in your pocket. The takeaway:

Last week, I was stuck on a runway for two hours. As I merrily worked away online, complete with YouTube videos and file downloads, I became aware that my seatmate was sneaking glances. As I snuck counter-glances at him, I realized that he had no interest in what I was doing, but rather in the signal-strength icon on my laptop — on an airplane where there wasn’t otherwise any Wi-Fi signal. “I’m sorry,” he finally said, completely baffled, “but how are you getting a wireless signal?” He was floored when I pulled the MiFi from my pocket, its power light glowing evilly.

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