[LINK] Broadband billions left hanging as wireless bites back

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Jan 22 11:03:04 AEDT 2010

stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> Tom writes "... put wireless on the end of the NBN ..."
> Another such extra might be an always-on cheap wireless-enabled netbook ...

The much rumoured Apple iSlate might be a good peripheral for the NBN. 
Provide a sheet of stick on magnetic material for the back of the tablet 
computer, so the householder can attach it to their fridge door, making 
the much anticipated fridge computer 
<http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2008/08/internet-fridge-20.html>. ;-)

The fridge computer could be used by budget conscious parents to monitor 
their children's use of power, when interfaced to the wireless household 
smart meter and smart hot water system: "Jonnie: the fridge is telling 
me you have the air-conditioning on in your bedroom again!" "Jessica: 
you have been in that shower for fifteen minutes, I am pushing this 
button to cut off the hot water!".

Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
Computer Science http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274

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