Free Coffeehouse Wireless Redux: University Zoka

Denizens of the Seattle blogosphere (and loyal readers of this site) will recall the dustup which ensued when Capitol Hill’s Victrola Coffee & Art decided to turn off its free 802.11 wireless service on weekends. Everyone — even Slashdot posters — had something to say about the “free wireless backlash” and the question of whether internet surfers, bloggers and would-be authors were a boon or a bane to the caf

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  1. c. (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 8:56 pm

    You mean Zoka’s wifi worked?! I stopped going there a couple of weeks ago because it was always busted, and the poor baristas had no idea what to do.


  2. Peter Leonard (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 9:01 pm

    That’s no good… was it the U Village one? I see so many laptop-toting users there that I’m surprised they let it go for a while without a reboot.


  3. c. (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 11:53 pm

    yep, U village. oh man, they had all kinds of problems, problems that rebooting didn’t fix. for example, sometimes you could connect to the wifi just fine, but there was no internet. what good are outlets every 12 inches without internet access?! the baristas said it had been flaky like that for a month.

    it was so sad to see everybody playing solitaire, waiting for the internet access to come back …


  4. Phil (unregistered) on August 14th, 2005 @ 10:03 am

    My neighborhood Zoka’s is in Tangletown. I have XP and the Firefox browser, and don’t get the message. I know at hotels & airports, the first sign-in seems to hijack your browser’s home page.

    I have the same issue sometimes at my Zoka’s (connect but no browse). Wonder if it’s a particular brand of hardware they use? I think the city’s business licenses for cafes should require that one barista on duty be an MCSE.



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