The “WiFi At Conferences” Problem : Spolsky complains about a pet-peeve of mine – the state of wireless at conferences. It almost universally sucks, and you can just assume you’ll never get connected.
It’s almost getting boring to read the conference reports complaining about this. Almost every conference, even the ones put on by fancy tech companies, has trouble. I never assume WiFi is going to work whenever I’m in a room with that many techies.
The Web Content people solved it from 2008 to 2009 by moving the conference to the University of Chicago. Connectivity at the 2009 shindig was stone-cold perfect. (And, given that it was a college, all the desks in the lecture halls had power ports, which was uber-awesome…)