I was down in the village yesterday.
Naturally I called into the coffee shop.
I hadn’t been there in the last few weeks as there was a nasty wind out that would cut through you for a shortcut and that didn’t bode well for a comfortable mug of coffee on the terrace. Penny was missing her chicken too.
It was very pleasant there yesterday. It was cool but calm so I didn’t need a coat. There was a distinct air of impending spring. A blackbird was singing his head off in a nearby tree and a robin cheerfully cleared crumbs off the next table to mine. I let my mind wander.
Wandering thoughts are nice for clearing mental cobwebs. I meditated on such mysteries such as why Bumble Bees fly in an open door and then bash themselves off windows beside the open door. Yesterday however my meandering thinking came up with a problem that has me baffled. How do buses run their wifi?
Bus services make a point of telling us all that they have free wifi. That fine, but how does it work? To offer wifi they have to have connections to the Interwebs? Are they connected by cable to a central point? I find that hard to believe as they would literally tie traffic up into knots as they trailed cables through the rush hour traffic. That can’t be right.
Do they connect through a satellite? I have never seen a dish on the roof of a bus so that can’t be right either.
Do they use the mobile phone network? I find that hard to believe because mobile reception is pretty iffy around Ireland. I live in a reasonably civilised part of Ireland and I have to go upstairs to get a strong signal. As for 4G? Forget it. 5G? Hahaha!
There is only one possibility. They download the Interwebs onto a disk so it looks like the Interwebs. People happily surf what they think is the Web but in fact are sending Farcebook messages to a disk in the cab of the bus.
And they wonder why they never get replies to their messages?