Scott Hanselman

Internet access (and Skype) at 36000ft. Schweet.

January 26, '05 Comments [6] Posted in Musings
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Clemens is such a stud. He chatted me last night around 8:20pm PST and was flying SAS to Copenhagen. Apparently for $30 you can get internet access while on the flight. OMG. That would so make a long-ass trip easier.

If you look REALLY close at his laptop screen, you can see my Tiny Wedding Picture (you remember that one) in the corner of MSN Messenger.

He tried to Skype me as well, but either the bandwidth wasn't up to snuff or the roar of the plane was too much for the noise cancelling.

Interestingly, I could hear him typing, and he I, but we couldn't understand speech. Either way, I hope this becomes standard fare. It all done by bouncing off sattellites. I would love to run some TraceRTs on that connection.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2005 19:36:03 UTC
That's really cool. About a year ago I was working with a company to put the first in plain WiFi service in an airplane for email access. Of course I wasn't doing any of the real fun stuff, I was just getting the DB stuff working.
Wednesday, 26 January 2005 23:30:05 UTC
Oh great !! The one place where I can finally lay my cellphone to rest and get some sleep is being taken away .. Oh Joy !!
Thursday, 27 January 2005 14:09:50 UTC
SWEET!!! Perhaps the microphones weren't very good? The food looks horrible as usual :-) LOL The picture of the air hostess on the left on Clemens site is priceless. :-)
Friday, 28 January 2005 07:19:06 UTC
With 1000ms+ latency on satellite WAN and the fantastic characteristics of IP over a WAN I suspect audio is pretty damn choppy. At least it means you can do something more valuable than stare at the GPS tracker however :).
Friday, 28 January 2005 18:13:33 UTC
I bought SkypeOut credits some days ago, have made some calls and although Skype needs some new features and improvements, I can really say Skype and voIP rocks!
Monday, 31 January 2005 17:15:00 UTC


I hope cell phones & Skype never work or be allwod in flights. Not keen on listening to people yapping while I am trying to snooze.
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