A Sun Ray in every hotel room

I flew to Islamabad yesterday and was told to check my hand luggage in as I had cables and electronics in my bag. Needless to say, I wasn't too keen on having my laptop being thrown on and off the luggage carousels or to have to wait an extra hour at the other end waiting for my bag to appear.

As it turned out, I hadn't needed to check the bag in at all and I'd been given the wrong info. It was only flights to the UK and US that had these restrictions. Too late though - my bag was well on its way to the hold.

All of us want these travel restrictions to be lifted, as soon as they safely can be. But what if they go on and end up covering more routes?

If I could travel with my mobile phone and access everything I need from a terminal provided by the hotel in my room, I'd happily leave my laptop at home for the majority of my trips.

Time for a Sun Ray in every hotel room, as standard? Maybe the big hotels should start contingency planning.

Comments:

if iptv and voip will work with the sun ray it will be a good choice.

Posted by Fabian on August 16, 2006 at 01:04 AM PDT #

Sure, it'd be nice, but it's not really needed if what they need to do is provide a quick response to laptopless customers. The hotel room already has a TV along with lots of investment in pay per view and suchlike. They will also have a phone network and their customers will have mobiles. Skype might on the Sun Ray might be an option though.

Posted by Chris on August 16, 2006 at 04:41 AM PDT #

There actually have been a few installs in hotels. Two current Exec Ed education hotels @ Penn and UW Madison.

A few others have tried and fizzled out. We flamed out big time in early 2001 at the Alladin in Las Vegas. This was SRSS 1.2. Pre-CAM, pre LAN deployments. Someone thought it would actually fly to have hotel guests in vegas sign into Solaris (8) and run the old star office (the one with one interface for all docs - which one was that?) and netscape 4.x. Oh yeah, CDE.

I'll never forget a conversation (near altercation?) I had with the rep from the phone company that was doing all the networking (name is synonomous with someone running really fast) when the customer enquired about why the screen redraws were really slow. I said because they were using dumb hubs.

The phone company rep asked me to step outside and said if I ever insulted their equipment again, he'd have my job.

Probably one of the only times I've ever truly laughed in someones face in my life.

Posted by ThinGuy on August 16, 2006 at 09:49 AM PDT #

if sun ray would be able to bring hd-iptv this would be a blast since hotel have to upgrade to hdtv in the future.

Posted by fabian on August 17, 2006 at 02:05 AM PDT #

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