"Infotainment? What the hell are you talking about?"


I*ve been hanging out in the cold wintery-weathered streets of Paris this week, trying to find something fun to capture with the camera, and also trying to figure out the Paris wifi network, which is, as the city says, "excellent". Somehow it*s not that spectacular as you might think. I*ve been trying to capture the city*s free wifi in most of the city parks with my i-pod but I never get anything to work...

So far the best wifi access I had is at the Palais de Tokyo, where you just access directly without any problems or signing in stuff.
The wifi on the Pompidou piazza is a mess, I tried to register, but nothing worked, and so I gave up after 15 minutes of standing around a deserted place.
The city parks are a mess as well, since not everything is covered, and you have to find the wifi spot which should be "signaled" to you (but obviously it was not). So I kept running around les Halles gardens for half an hour, holding my device up in the air like some mad Russian scientist trying to find radiation in Chernobyl (he would at least find what he*s looking for).

Another stupid thing is the fact that in the Starbuckses, you have to pay if you want to use their wifi. That really gets me wondering on how they project on keeping their customers coming back with their laptops, since most of the cafés and bars in Paris give you FREE wifi...

Maybe it*s my momentous technological incompetence that gets me to detest this wifi madness, but at least I manage to put up a decent blog!
Take that, wifi de paris!

Ok and now for some joyous Paris impressions I took at the Tuileries:

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