Spent a day last week at Westport Shipyards in Port Washington, WA, hanging with a buddy who designs and installs marine electronics systems in luxury yachts, ranging in size from 110 to 164 feet.
Of interest to me was learning that owners spend about $10,000 a month to get Internet connectivity at sea on one of these things, and the speed tops out at about 512 kbps (it comes down from a satellite). But like the rest of us, they’re waiting for WiMax to help increase their Internet speed and lower their costs.
The rich really are different, or are they?
Yeah, that’s my buddy Johnnie standing next to it. Thing’s big enough to have a job.
And I briefly considered taking an IT job with him.
Working on those behemoths, which are actually chock full of cat 5 and cat 6 cable. You have no idea how advanced they really are… floating theaters. Except that the up and download speeds are agonizingly slow.