Hotels that charge for Wi-fi

US $100 in keyboard

In this day and age, I am dumbfounded when hotels still charge for the use of Wi-fi Internet. Internet should be considered an essential service, especially for those travelling, on business or spending time away from family and friends. Having just come from a hotel stay where the rate for Internet was $10/day, I’m a bit mystified as to why this is still common practice.

The paradox

The reason that hotels charge for Internet usage is because they still feel like they can get away with it. They know that some customers are travelling with laptops and all the rest are travelling with a smart phone in their pocket. Therefore, every hotel customer will have the need – or at least preference – for wireless Internet service in their room. Basic Internet is needed for checking email, having video conferences, preparing presentations, or just catching up on Facebook. Realizing this, hotels try and make a quick buck by charging for Wi-fi.

The truth is, as a customer, if I have the choice between your hotel and another hotel that offers free wireless Internet, I will choose the other hotel, even if the net cost of my stay is the same at both places. In other words: If you’re going to charge me extra for Internet when I arrive at your hotel, then you’re a shady company, and I would much rather stay at a hotel who includes the marginal cost of connectivity in the cost of my room. Which brings me to my next point…

The cost

Ten dollars a day, per room? Are you serious? I don’t even need to do the math or the research to realize that this is a cash-grab. Internet is cheap, especially for the speeds that hotels deliver. When I can get an entire month of high speed Internet usage for only slightly more than your daily Internet rate, you’ve only reinforced the feeling that you’re just screwing me over in an attempt to gain a little bit more money out of my stay. Perhaps if Internet charges were along the lines of $1 a day or 50¢ a day, then I wouldn’t be here writing this article right now.

Why not charge for everything?

If money in your pocket is more important than customer satisfaction, then why don’t you start charging for the use of running water, electricity or linens? If you really want to increase your bottom line, then lock up the toilet paper and charge me $5 when I’m sitting on the toilet with no other options.

Obviously, I’d never visit your hotel ever again if this way the case, and I imagine your customer retention would be flushed down the drain  – pardon the pun. So when are you going to start realizing that your customers are already looking for hotels that include wireless Internet for free?

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Alternative to the Griffin Twenty

Griffin 20 Alternative

Ever since I bought an Apple TV, I’ve been enjoying using Apple’s AirPlay feature to stream music wirelessly to my home theatre from my iPhone. However, for about a year now I’ve wished that I could AirPlay music to my kitchen, where my wife and I spend a lot of time cooking, cleaning and entertaining.

Enter the Griffin Twenty. Recently Griffin Technology released a device called the “Twenty”. In short, it is an amplifier that uses an Apple Airport Express and connected speakers to deliver the exact functionality that I was looking for. However, at $99 USD + shipping + the purchase of speakers and the Airport Express itself, this idea was getting a bit pricey.

So then I started getting creative and doing some research to see if there was a cheaper alternative to the Griffin Twenty. It turns out there is, and here’s the route I went:

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Pozidriv screw

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Pebble watch on wrist

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Emily and Ivan wedding video

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Emily and Ivan Parkinson on their wedding day.

I made this video a year ago for my cousin on her wedding day. Shot entirely with my Nikon D90 and edited in Premiere Pro.

Ontario Beekeeping

Chris Inch Intense

I’m now a beekeeper! Well… That’s not entirely true. I don’t have any bees yet, but they are ordered.

I have been interested in bees and beekeeping for several years now. I’ve read a few beekeeping books, watched more than a few videos and any time I’m at the market, I have always taken a few minutes to chat up the local beekeepers.

This past Christmas, my wife gave my a beginners hive kit and a gift certificate to purchase bees in the spring. Now I’m falling down this slippery slope into the world of the apis mellifera and it’s inspired me to share my adventures as a beginner beekeeper. I now have a new blog dedicated to Beekeeping in Ontario: bees.chrisinch.com that you should probably subscribe to. I will be sharing articles, book reviews, videos, amazing facts and much more!

Even if you don’t know anything about bees or have no interest in beekeeping, I believe you will be fascinated by bees and beekeeping. So head over to the beekeeping blog and leave me a comment or two.

Being more productive in 5 easy steps

Woman on Bike

Have you ever had a busy day filled with little tasks that added up to practically nothing, walking away at the end of the day, you realize you just worked for 8 hours straight and have nothing to show for it? You’re not alone. We all have days like this. Sometimes, the key to being productive has nothing to do with how long you work, but rather how you organize your time. The following are 5 ways that I improve my productivity on a daily basis. If they don’t apply to you or your career directly, think about modifying them or pulling out key points to become more productive yourself.

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