In the 18 years I've been using the Internet, a few memories stand out. Obviously, I remember the first time I sent an e-mail in 1991. I remember using instant messenger to connect with friends in new York on Sept. 11. And I remember the first time I used Wi-Fi.
Today, I'm sure I'll remember the first time I used in-flight Wi-Fi en route to Washington, DC, aboard an AirTran Boeing 717.
The battery on my netbook died, so I'm blogging via iPhone, and I apologize if this reads a little choppily. But, I'm simply blown away by the fact that I can post an article from 30,000 feet above Ohio. I'm even more amazed that I e-mailed back and forth to my business partner, Jeff Sherman, who is also on board a plane to Los Angeles right now.
I know this isn't the first blog we've done mid-air. Bobby and Drew did one en route to Atlanta earlier this summer. But doing it first hand feels just so futuristic. I have no idea how this technology works, by the way. I just know I love it.
I love it so much in fact that I'm barely fazed by the moderate turbulance we are experiencing now -- and I'm a nervous flyer.
The future is now, people. Color me impressed.
Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.
Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.
Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.