How mobile devices and the web saved the day
March 26, 2012
The story begins two weeks ago. I was on vacation in Berlin and I was having a break from the usual coding routine. I had no PCs with me, only my old faithful iPhone 3GS. Everything was going great until the time I had to come back home. I was flying from Berlin to London with Ryanair. As usual, with low cost airlines, there was a delay of 40 minutes; and the drama started!! By the time I would get in London there wouldn’t be any public transport to take me from the airport to my house. As I result I would have to take a taxi from the airport and pay a premium for that service.
Being desperate on what to do, I start playing with my iPhone and looking for a Wi-Fi spot. Luckily enough there was a free Wi-Fi in the airport (thanks Schoenefeld airport). So there I go, looking on Google for taxi prices from Stansted to Central London. The first site I found was a small taxi company called Banana Cars (funky name) and in their site they had a section quoting their prices. Before I even click that link, a pop up window notifies me that customer services (yes in a taxi company) are here to help via chat if I like. And that’s the moment I got a shock!! Customer services chat? In a taxi website?? On my iPhone??? The result was that I booked a taxi, in a very good price and the driver was waiting for me in the airport with a paper, with my name on it! And all that through my iPhone; on a public Wi-Fi, 1hr before I land to London.
When I got home one thought came through my mind; we made it!! No, I’m not talking about me and my girlfriend coming home safe. I talk about us, computer scientists and all the people working for the web. I even talk about big corporations. We all made it!! We manage to make the web and the mobile devices an essential part of our lives, about 5 years ago, but we didn’t stop there. We did research, we worked together, the entire community and many corporations and we made it even better. We created small, efficient devices that serve our needs and offer us countless information in our palm. That can connect to many different networks and share information. And that’s only one part of our success, probably the smallest part.
Thoughts of a developer, a photographer, a runner, a cook. All of them the same person. George is also on Twitter!