Those of us on noplasticshowers have been on the interwebs since 1985. We have some claims to fame such as: we stood up node 400 on the web in 1993, we wrote a chapter 10 of the first book ever sold on amazon, and we wrote the first book in the world on software security.

But nevermind all that. When we’re on the road, we need us some interwebs.


So what’s the problem? Well, even our favorite hotel chain has net that can be overloaded by 6 hamsters surfing porn simultaneously. Throw in a conference of 25,000 geeks and the net no workie.

Next: brand new wings at SFO have gorgeous architecture but can you get net? No. SFO Architecture sans Net The designers thought more about electricity than bits. (At least they are halfway there.)

Then there is the supreme suckiness that is United airlines. Delta has wifi. United has mandatory ads on DirecTV but no net. United really sucks these days.

Having no net is like having no oxygen. Please universe, to be giving us more interwebs on the road!!

Even as recently as this morning, the twitter people at United were telling me how hard it was for them to install wifi. (Um, let me see if I care…nope.) Well they have it on this plane. That means Delta is not the only wifi game in my airplane universe. Good.

But be forewarned, if you are a mac user, avoid safari. Use chrome instead.

Unoted wifi and safari FAIL

United wifi and safari FAIL

It took me a bunch of experimentation to get stuff working. This makes airbus first class much better.

And a two word hint for the evil minded: ping tunnel.

Delta Net and other Wonders

September 30, 2013

Since cigital is opening an office in Atlanta, it looks like I will be flying down there more often. Flying to Atlanta is best accomplished on delta of course. So we left United at the gate, and here we are in the air.

So what do we think? Well for starters, Terminal B at IAD beats the bejesus out of Terminal A (which I call the “walmart terminal.”) It is modern, spacious, and has restaurants designed by something other than a chimpanzee.

IAD Terminal B != Walmart Terminal A

IAD Terminal B != Walmart Terminal A

Second of all, the delta flight left a bit early (better than on time) and has wifi available. (This is the first noplasticshowers entry posted from 35,000 feet.) I did have to pay to get moved into “economy comfort” or whatever they call this, and net costs $14 for this 90 minute flight.

Delta wifi.

Delta wifi.

All in all, things seem pretty similar to a United flight on an A320, but there’s net. I think that is good. Right?!