No free wi-fi in Dublin. No surprise there really – using state money to undercut commercial operators is just not a great way to spend money, even if you have it, which Dublin City Council simply does not.
There is still no reason why Dublin City Council could not help with deploying FON. Plenty of other local authorities have in important European cities, and there are others in progress.
This article on the UK Design Museum site tells the story of the British motorway and general road signage system, designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert. It begins:
Determined to illustrate the haphazard state of British road signage at the turn of the 1960s, the graphic designer Herbert Spencer drove from central London to the recently opened Heathrow London Airport and photographed each of the road signs that he came across along the way.
Perhaps it is time for someone to do something similar for the drive from Naas via the M50 ring-road to the Airport. It would certainly be an interesting project to do over a few Sunday mornings.
A well-thought out set of research on the topic, involving Stanford and Microsoft. Not just idle curiousity, related to a project I’m currently working on.