Internet connections when on the move are nice, but increasingly, as Michael J told me would happen several years ago, people now have their own. What they don’t have is their own everlasting mobile power supply. Or not yet. So, the fact that these are now appearing in more and more British train carriages is very welcome. Few use them. I seldom use them myself. But I like it that they’re there.
That’s not so difficult to arrange. But in the air, where every ounce counts, supplying electricity is, as James Fallows reported some days ago, a lot harder.
Question: will ever cheaper and more fequently used international travel, combined with arrangements like this, eventually create demand for a global standard in electric plugs? Or are we stuck with state-imposed confusion for ever?
Remember when it was said that only Government could sort out the mess of conflicting computer and computer plug and computer storage (etc. etc.) standards. Imagine the permanent bedlam that actually existing governments might have imposed upon all that, also.
RELATED: Tube Wi-Fi trial at Charring Cross. The point being, presumably, that our regular internet connections don’t work down there.
Glasgow is there already.