The following Weblog items are filed under the Boston category. There are 69 entries in this section. The earliest was published on December 18, 2007 and the latest entry was filed on January 14, 2008. If you have any comments about Boston please let me know!
January 14, 2008
Snow Day 2.0
Today New England enountered a major snow storm that caused 457 Schools, Colleges/Universities and Day Cares to be closed.
The height of the storm happened during the morning commute and many commuters stayed home or took the MBTA. This is because of the storm that happened last month that cause a nightmare commute for many commuters. Newton, MA got about 7 inches of snow.
You can check out the complete list as posted on WHDH.com at 6am this morning.
January 07, 2008
City of Newton Recycles
The City of Newton has this great site: Newton Recycles. This list all the various items that can be recycled and where to properly dispose of them.
What a great list! A quick look around our apartment this weekend I can see how we can use some of the sites that are mentioned on the page and perhaps make some cash in the process. I am sure my landlord will appreciate it.
Another place that we found this weekend is that Goodwill will take about 90% of the stuff we have. The only problem is that the nearest Goodwill is in Summerville. Its a long drive to get rid of stuff.
I also found the United States Book Exchange to be a good source to recycle old books. However, don't be afraid to throw out those old Computer books, you know, how to install Windows 3.1. Hmmm, that might be a good book to throw on eBay...
December 28, 2007
Wireless at South Station
In the past, travelers to Boston's South Station used to be able to get free WiFi while waiting for their train. If you google WiFi South Station you'll find several article about the free wireless access at South Station. However, the Free WiFi is gone in favor of a paid service provided by GuestBox.com.
So how is the wireless service at South Station? Is it worth the $9 month fee or $8 hourly fee? Don't ask me, it appears that the service isn't Macintosh friendly.
I am unable to login to the service using my Powerbook G4. I had no problems with the signup process, it went very smoothly and I was very excited to get online. However, I can't get past the login screen. I don't get any error messages, its just the login screen keeps showing up asking me to login everytime.
Problem is that I already put in my credit card number for a monthly subscription. I am unsure if this is related to having Macintosh 10.5 installed on my computer. I'll check to see if I have the latest patches. I am currently using Mac OS X 10.5.1 (9B18) on a Powerbook G4. I am also using the latest versions of Safari and Firefox.
If you have any support issues with South Station wireless, you should contact GuestBOX, you can call them at 888-999-1299.
December 26, 2007
The Boston's South Station commuter rail was pretty quiet this morning. This isn't a surprise since most business travelers took most of this week off. I was very excited to find a seat this morning.
Can someone explain why Dunkin Donuts hasn't open a franchise inside South Station? The nearest one is about 3 blocks away from the station. It seems that with all the commuter trains that come in the morning that Dunkin Donuts would do pretty well in the morning. There's a Dunkin Donuts in the Harvard Square 'T' station that does pretty well all day.
The South Station terminal has a good assortment of restaurants, and I have seen many people goto the station to get lunch during the busy lunch hour. There's three main eating establishments restaurants: Cosi, McDonalds, and Master Wok.
If you plan on taking Amtrak METRO or Acela from South Station, I highly recommend that you bring your own food on the train. A bag of chips or soda is much cheaper at a supermarket than at the train station. Also the food selection at the station is very limited.
I suspect that the commute tomorrow isn't going to be that bad so its going to be a good week to be going into Boston.
December 18, 2007
The MBTA was experience delays this morning due to the cold weather. This morning I waited almost a 1/2 hour in the freezing cold waiting for the train. Most commuters left after about 25 minutes.
The MBTA should have a better system in place to let commuters know about train delays. Hopefully they will fix this in the future. I feel sorry for the people that were in the train waiting to get into Boston. Wonder if the commute will be better tonight if the cold air continues.