Jackson West’s Obsessive Compulsion

Big Crazy Piece

Posted in Uncategorized by Jackson West on February 24, 2006

Some of my friends are justifiably concerned about this piece on GigaOm, like I’m the restaurant critic who revealed a prize hole in the wall only to see it destroyed or perverted by sudden success.

I had faith Om’s audience was extra-local enough that it wouldn’t be much news to the us here in The City, and all the insightful comments didn’t disappoint — I now know where to find an oasis almost anywhere from the East Bay to New York City.

Of course, I didn’t give away my own most valuable secrets, like where to get Wifi at a bar in San Francisco — or, more importantly, where the closest wifi is to popular local bars.  I have no idea if you can get wifi at any local strip clubs, but considering how much business takes place there…  But that’s a bit too salacious for GigaOm.

What I’m interested in exploring is where local language-groups congregate for wifi, tech support, LAN parties, etc.  I’ve seen storefronts around the bay that obviously catered to Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Russian and a whole rainbow of dialects like Punjabi, Mandarin, Farsi, Eritrean, Ukrainian — even Pashtun.  Hopefully I can come up with a serviceable pidgin from techie specificities, a snatch of each swadish and generous hand gestures.

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  1. Josh Hallett said, on March 4, 2006 at 12:07 am

    Like you said I figured the majority of the people reading it would already be in the know.

  2. Ed Kohler said, on March 4, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Best case scenario: Some great new minds show up who somehow weren’t in the know.

  3. […] Well, it’s been a couple of weeks and I’d like to say that the response to my post on working out of coffee shops was incredibly edifying. […]

  4. collier said, on June 13, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    i try to find something at google.com and take it on your site…thanks


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