Over at VentureBlog, Naval Ravikant wrote up his experience using Dartmouth’s amazing wireless network. Wired ran a piece last October about the university’s plans to build out a universally-available, open network that encourages both educational use and recreational tinkering, and from Naval’s piece, it looks as if it’s working. Students are using $50 voice-over-wireless handsets to make all their calls, and developing services based on location (like friend-finders and scheduling systems that send reminders timed according to how long it will take users to get to their next appointment from where they are). It’s not too surprising to me that Dartmouth is on the wireless leading edge; I remember visiting my brother at Dartmouth in the late 1980s and being totally knocked-out by BlitzMail, their revolutionary campuswide email (and, effectively, instant messenger) system. Now, they’ve found another place where technology carries interpersonal communication to the next level, and nothing but good can come of it.


“It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it.” — Daniel Webster, Argument Before the Supreme Court in the Dartmouth College Case, 1819.

College, … not university.

Got that little brother? : )

• Posted by: noah on Oct 24, 2003, 3:09 PM

From Merriam-Webster:

uni·ver·si·ty: an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically: one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor’s degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master’s degrees and doctorates.

Dartmouth can say whatever it wants — we’re a college, drinking doesn’t interfere with the education of our students, we don’t have sex with goats — but the rest of us know the truth. :)

• Posted by: Jason on Oct 24, 2003, 4:28 PM

Blitzmail is cool. As is Fetch.

I think at one point, Dartmouth had the largest AppleTalk network in the world, although it quickly became a liability of sorts ;)

Gen D’95

• Posted by: Gen Kanai on Nov 1, 2003, 9:25 PM
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