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Cash For Bad Conference Wi-Fi

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The Cash for Clunkers program worked – at least according to our government. 

“The CARS program ended sales on the Monday night with nearly 700,000 clunkers taken off the roads, replaced by far more fuel efficient vehicles. Rebate applications worth $2.877 billion were submitted by the 8 p.m. deadline, under the $3 billion provided by Congress to run the program.”

Ok.  Whatever.  Now the Cash for Appliances program is coming.

“Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct. 15 for states to file formal applications. The Energy Dept. expects the bulk of the $300 million to be awarded by the end of November. (Unlike the clunkers auto program, consumers won’t have to trade in their old appliances.)”

Yeah, well, whatever.  Let’s deal with the real opportunity – cash for bad conference wifi.  From Eric Norlin over at the Defrag Conference blog:

“Defrag’s “cash for bad conference wifi” is based on a simple premise: some tech conferences can’t manage to have good wifi, but over here at Defrag, we know how to get it right. And we’re gonna help you trade in your bad conference wifi experience for a good one! Here’s how it works:

1. Just email me (enorlin AT mac.com) any type of proof that you went to a conference and include a statement to the effect of “Hey eric – I went to this conference and the wifi SUCKED.”

2. I’ll respond to your email with a discount code that will save you some greenbacks on defrag registration, and help you trade in your bad conference wifi experience for a brand new good conference wifi experience.”

Now that’s something you can really use.  The Defrag agenda is evolving nicely – it’s going to be here sooner than we think (11/11 – 11/12 in Denver, Colorado).  Don’t miss this opportunity to stimulate your brain.

  • http://twitter.com/sfoskett @sfoskett

    I use terrible conference Wi-Fi as a networking opportunity! I bring along my portable 3G Wi-Fi router and plug it in in the corner with the SSID "AskFoskett". And I'll be darned if folks don't see me, ask for the password, and start up a conversation!

  • Shane

    I am sick of paying hundreds of dollars for conference wi-fi, but WTF is up with the rebates for the appliances companies? This is total bullshit, why are my tax dollars subsidizing people who want to buy a damned fridge? Further, this benefits no one but the person who buys the new appliance, and the company that made/sold it. This government propping up of private business is not only unfair, it's anti-competitive. Usually, I can't take people griping about politics, but what in God's name is going on here? Sorry for the rant, but this just put me over the edge…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      I totally agree.  I thought the cash for clunkers program was absurd.  I think the cash for appliances program is obscene.  And – I think you know that Eric Norlin is demonstrating his clever wit and sarcasm (e.g. he’s giving a conference discount – not really for Wi-Fi – but using the Wi-Fi thing as a joke since most conference Wi-Fi sucks.)

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/JChauncey JChauncey

        hopefully ubiquitous wifi (like Wi-MAX) will eventually solve our conference wifi problems =)

        • http://twitter.com/defrag @defrag

          actually I think it's solvable now.

          take # of attendees times at least 2 devices per attendee.

          plan for that amount of concurrent connections.

          if you're not spending 10-12k per 300 people, you're not spending enough.

  • http://www.michaelsevilla.com michael

    You can thank a Colorado based (well, they have a decent size presence) company for some of the instances of conference wifi: http://www.ibahn.com

  • http://twitter.com/defrag @defrag

    Enter text right here!

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  • http://keywordtoolcenter.blogspot.com ripper23tw

    I totally agree. I thought the cash for clunkers program was absurd. I think the cash for appliances program is obscene. And – I think you know that Eric Norlin is demonstrating his clever wit and sarcasm (e.g. he’s giving a conference discount – not really for Wi-Fi – but using the Wi-Fi thing as a joke since most conference Wi-Fi sucks.)

  • http://keywordtoolcenter.blogspot.com ripper23tw

    I totally agree. I thought the cash for clunkers program was absurd. I think the cash for appliances program is obscene. And – I think you know that Eric Norlin is demonstrating his clever wit and sarcasm (e.g. he’s giving a conference discount – not really for Wi-Fi – but using the Wi-Fi thing as a joke since most conference Wi-Fi sucks.)

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