Looking At Edinburgh

25 June 2008

Fish guard my boat: strange sky

Filed under: art, photos, reflections, water — Tags: , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

Dock Place statues in a puddle.

(You might have seen these statues before in April: Fish guard my boat.)

This photo is available on Redbubble: Strange Sky, 6 and in a 2009 calendar: Strange Sky.

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14 May 2008

The Scottish Government from Beanscene

Filed under: buildings, cafes, photos, windows — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 1:39 pm

Staff friendly and helpful, coffee good, music fine, outlook lovely: but it’s a good thing the wifi connection came free with my coffee, or I’d have asked for my money back!

The connection was claimed to have an Excellent signal strength and to be available at 54Mbps (IP address 10.31.81.85) but it took me two minutes to get through to The Cloud Networks login page, and after 20 minutes of trying to get any page other than a Google search page to load, I realised that (although I was the only person in the Beanscene using a laptop) the wifi system was so poor that it was unusable.

It’s a pity: this Beanscene is a nice place with good atmosphere and pleasantly sunny, but wifi this poor is better not advertised: you wouldn’t want anyone to come in *because* of the wifi. I’ve heard from other customers that this is a common problem with Beanscenes – the wifi service exists in theory but is shoddy in practice. I’ve had similar problems with other chain cafe wifi systems – probably a low-bid problem, but Beanscene is certainly the worst. (Local cafes which offer wifi where the manager herself chose and is making use of the system, don’t have this problem: it’s always chains where the local cafe staff didn’t get to choose the wifi provider and don’t have the authority to change it because of its poor performance.)

But the coffee is good. Seriously: take the “free wifi” signs down. It comes close to being false advertising. Beanscene should stick to selling coffee.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: the Scottish Government from Beanscene.

6 April 2008

Fish guard my boat

Filed under: art, photos — Tags: , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 5:52 am

Two fish standing by a boat seat.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Fish guard my boat.

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