Pondering In-Flight WiFi

Last night I received an e-mail from my airline telling me the aircraft I would be on likely has WiFi but after a bad experience last year where promised WiFi never materialized I decided to download all my email locally just to be sure. Thankfully I was right to take the precaution. Usually I use Remote Desktop to get onto my desktop machine to access my e-mail which is located on TMCs servers but when flying I download my inbox via IMAP4.

The downsides are that the graphics in many e-mails don’t show up and when you delete e-mails remotely and sync later the messages are permanently deleted.

It has been a long while since I have flown with no WiFi and my inbox which was down to a few hundred is now at the few thousand level. The reason is I generally check old e-mail when I don’t have new e-mail to check. Not the best system but old habits die hard.

I hope to wipe out a few thousand of these in the next few hours on my trip to Dallas, Texas. So in a way I am actually glad there is no WiFi on the flight.

One thing I am grateful for is that I decided to used the cached stations feature of Slacker (I believe a subscription may be required) so I can listen to lots of music and even comedy without any Internet access and having to deal with downloading it all myself.

More to come later.

  • Peter P.
    September 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I too pondering the thought of one day being able to use in-flight wifi on all my flight across the country. It will probably be some time before all flights will offer this service. For now, there are more flights on different airlines that have wifi. I find this page to be a pretty good resource for which airline has wifi: http://www.airportwifiguide.com/airlines-in-flight-wifi-access-fees-table/. It might help you on your next flight.

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