This is the first time in my life that I visit a huge city whose name I did not know. I am in Dalian now. 7 million people. Until WEF invited me to their meeting here (yes I made up with them and accepted their invitation) I did not know Dalian existed. Now if you like me, have had trouble learning all the new countries that arose after the atomization of the Soviet Union and you like me, care about geography, then you´d better start learning your Chinese cities. Dalian is a good start (don´t ask me I still don´t know the others…). In any case getting here was a haul only made more endurable by the company of Tariq Krim founder of Netvibes who flew with me. We flew via Hong Kong so I could have a meeting with YK Lin who runs Fon in Taiwan and it was there that YK and I took a break to compare WiFi gadgets. Here´s the result.

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Rick on September 6, 2007  · 

Welcome to Dalian.
Weather here has been a few degrees cooler, and traffic is much better than before (as only even/odd number license plate cars are allowed to drive!).

Hope you enjoy your stay here!

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Jim on September 6, 2007  · 

A great look at some fantastic phones !

Perhaps you could do a quick tour of SMC WSKP100 setup/features and show us how to connect to public hotspots around the world.

There are a lot of confused people out there who would just love to see that !

Fon rocks !

Can’t wait for the 1km+ Fonera, I keep spreading the word and handing out Foneras in the meantime !

Kind regards


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Martin Varsavsky on September 7, 2007  · 

Thank you Rick! It´s great to have a reader in Dalian!

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Simon on September 10, 2007  · 

I thought you got your iPhone stolen?

Did you decide to get another one anyway, or?

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Martin Varsavsky on September 12, 2007  · 

Simon, the blogosphere returned my iPhone. This is the post in Spanish about the remarkable incident

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