This was probably the most demonstrative and practical experience I’ve ever had with Metcalfe’s Law: when we climbed aboard the train, bleary-eyed and sleepy at 6:30a this morning, we had just two laptops — modern and completely capable in and of themselves, but still just an isolated pair of machines. As soon as we enabled the ad hoc feature we had instead a real network; admittedly it was small, but its exponentially greater value to both of us was clear and apparent. Computers are awesome.
I wonder how long it will be until the major IM services realise how useful the ad-hoc networks really are. To the best of my knowledge, it’s only the meta services (such as iChat and Trillian) that have a feature for this.
It’s things like this that win the heart of users.
I know the feeling of these computers (Macs especially), being “right on time” when it comes to moving life towards the “be easy” format, bruh. On a similar type hustle, the .Mac syncing has become a crucial element for me. My powerbook at home syncs everything to .Mac (including the ever changing mail preferences, smart folders, etc). When I jack into my 20″ iMac in the office and sync up to pull down changes, it “just works”. Work is home and home is work…or is it all just life? 🙂 It’s a big league feature for me and i’m definitely a fan.
10-4 Khoi. Computers are pretty sweet.
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