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Mac|Windows: wiPod 1.0 released - WiFi hotspots in SF

In celebration of Apple’s new iPod, BayAreaFreeFi.com announces the wiPod! Now you can access the entire BayAreaFreeFi database from your iPod! Happy (w)iPodding! wiPod is an iPod-based field guide for free wi-fi hotspots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Version 1.0 has nearly 200 listings.  It’s like SliceNY’s piPod, but for Bay Area free hotspots.  And, it’s even got the new 4G iPod in its advertising!

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Mac OS X or Windows, and iPod with Notes feature.

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1

Uhhhh, wouldn’t it be easier to have the list of Wi-Fi spots on a device that can ACTUALLY USE WI-FI?  Must have been hard to make that text file though ! Great news!

Posted by jr on July 19, 2004 at 6:04 PM (CDT)

2

<p>I’ll post what I posted on Slashdot this afternoon…

<p>Reasons wiPod is useful and rocks:

<p>1) it is a quick and useful guide to free wi-fi hotspots.
I’ve been on the road in several occasions where a client has called needing to discuss certain matters that require Internet access.  I can now look quickly through my iPod list for nearby locations to stop during our meeting.

<p>I used to be able to do this via the WAP enabled wifi hotspots [bayareafreefi.com], but now I can use the wiPod for instant access to bay area free wifi locations [bayareafreefi.com].

<p>Using WAP requires me to connect my phone to the internet, and to the right site (even if bookmarked).  But the iPod is instant!

<p>The WAP wi-fi [bayareafreefi.com] version is good too, but the iPod is just faster.

<p>2) supporting local businesses is good for the community.
Rather than support the big guys, Bay Area Free Wi Fi supports local cafes and businesses [bayareafreefi.com].

<p>3) it’s super fast.
in a couple of seconds you can identify all free hotspots [bayareafreefi.com] throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

<p> The wiPod is a very useful resource for finding Bay Area hotspots [bayareafreefi.com], and if you don’t think so, then just don’t download it.

<p>It’s all offered for free!

Posted by Ryan MacCarthy on July 19, 2004 at 11:07 PM (CDT)

3

Let the RIAA’s bullying commence!

Posted by Peter on July 20, 2004 at 12:29 AM (CDT)

4

Ryan, you make some good points.  On the same note, I would say, if this is a list that you need, why not just print it out on paper, fold it up and keep it in your wallet?

Sounds to me like another case of using technology for technology’s sake.

And to Peter, what the hell are you talking about?

Posted by jr on July 20, 2004 at 2:07 AM (CDT)

5

wiPod is amazing.  Peter, wiPod version 2 comes out later this summer that allows you to sync up with the server, there is no need to keep pulling that piece of paper out of your wallet then.  So this is using technology to save you time (and for Peter space in his wallet).

Posted by Scott on August 19, 2004 at 8:33 AM (CDT)

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