City Paper is not for tourists
Just in case you missed the inaugural post yesterday, this is the second installment in a new series about “digital nomads,” who wander the District setting up their laptops wherever they can find free Wi-Fi and coffee drinks. Before we delve any deeper, let’s define some basic terminology:
Wi-Fi n. a certification mark —used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices. Stands for “wireless fidelity.”
Coffee shop n. A small restaurant in which coffee and light meals are served.
Internet café n. 1 : The high-tech equivalent of the coffee house.
2 : Eating and drinking establishments that feature wireless Internet connection. Early versions offered communal computers but no actual beverages, possibly out of fear that patrons would spill on the equipment. Anyone who travels much knows these cafes – sans café – are still big abroad. But the District and most U.S. cities have moved to the Wi-Fi model that actually includes coffee and sometimes beer, wine, other libations and full dinner service. Since people now bring their own hardware, proprietors apparently a no longer see libations as a liability.