So I'm at the Starbucks at Devonshire Street and Balboa Avenue in Granada Hills, CA, which happens to have Google (i.e. no longer AT&T) Internet service.
I'm getting 8.5 Mbps down, 1.3 Mbps up.
And there are a lot of people with laptops and tablets in here.
That's pretty solid.
If only my local Starbucks would dump AT&T for Google.
I'm not ignoring the fact that Google is able to collect a whole lot of data when you use this public WiFi. A lot of people use Google DNS (188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206, which is a genius move because I always remember it), but with Google WiFi they control the whole connection.
So I'm at this Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Tarzana. The parking lot to this three-store minimall requires a ticket for entry, though the first two hours are free, and I'M NOT GOING TO BE HERE MORE THAN 40 MINUTES.
Two of the three businesses -- a Cold Stone Creamery and Panda Express -- are closed for good. That means the Coffee Bean is the only thing here. And the lot has a ton of spaces.
I get to the Coffee Bean. There's a PREPRINTED STICKER on the door saying, "Our WiFi is temporarly unavailable."
Except that it's VERY available.
In a mostly unrelated matter, HomeGoods is opening in the Gelson's shopping center across Reseda Boulevard.