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…It’s Things Thursday: FON?

Starbucks Fonero

Last week I mentioned the FON free router giveaway, but this week I’m going to dive a little deeper into the service that is FON. FON is “the world’s largest WiFi community”. The service works like this: Members share their wireless Internet access at home, and in return, can get free WiFi access through any of the other Fonero Access Points.

Linus Bill Alien

There are two ways of sharing your Internet. Either you’re a Linus, and you share your WiFi in exchange for free WiFi from other users, or you’re a Bill, and you sell your WiFi by the day and split the profits with FON (you can also be an Alien and pay for the FON service, but who wants to do that?). The La Fonera router is a special kind of router that outputs two signals. One is a private signal that you can use just for yourself for a secure connection that you don’t have to share. The other is a public signal that other Fon users and Aliens can access. You can even personalize the page that other Foneros see when they log onto your FON Access Point, telling them a little about yourself, your local area, or just to say “hi” to other members. Since the service gets better and better as more people sign on and share their Internet, FON has been running a series of promotions lately to give away free Fonero routers to just about anyone who wants one. Their latest promotion is called Fonbucks, where “FON + Starbucks = cash for you”. It works like this: If you live above or near a Starbucks (or any café/coffee shop) they’ll send you a free router that you can use to steal some of Starbucks’ wireless revenue with. Users pay $2 per day (much less than the $10 that Starbucks charges for a single day), and you receive $1 of that in return. It’s a definite win-win, a hopefully a good way of spreading the “movimiento” (movement). If you’re interested in free WiFi, or making some cash off of sharing your own, then definitely check out FON, because the more users the better.

Bonus: I’ve got a free La Fonero router to give away to one lucky DYH reader. If you want it, just say so in the comments, and I’ll pick out one comment at random and send a router your way. It’s Fontastic.

[FON]

[FON – Fonbucks]

…7-Eleven wants to give you Fusion Energy?

7-Eleven Coffee

If the caffeine in your regular cup o’ joe just doesn’t seem to do it for you anymore, maybe it’s time to check out 7-Eleven’s new “Fusion Energy” coffee. The exclusive blend features guarana, ginseng and yerba maté, which are thought to boost energy and sharpen mental alertness. This isn’t going to be some kind of potent energy drink flavored coffee though, as it’s supposed to taste just like regular coffee (or at least regular 7-Eleven coffee). Considering that, supposedly, McDonald’s coffee beat out Starbucks coffee in a Consumer Reports taste test though, that might not be a bad thing.

[7-Eleven News Room]

[Starbucks Gossip – McDonald’s vs. Starbucks]

[Via: Slashfood]

…Sex sells coffee at Cowgirl’s Espresso?

Barista

Starbucks is the undisputed king of the coffee shop land, and all should bow down before it and succumb to its greatness, right? Not so fast. If there is one thing that sells more than omnipresence, it’s sex, and at Cowgirl’s Expresso, they’re selling a lot of coffee, and they’re doing so with a lot of sex. That’s because the baristas behind the counter are more Victoria’s Secret and Hooters than they are green apron and black shirt. Based in Seattle, the unofficial coffee capital of the US, Cowgirl’s Coffee has to follow the Washington state law that requires workers to cover both breasts and butts, but they definitely do so in a very loose sense. I’m sure tips at a place like this aren’t that hard to come by.

[Cowgirl’s Espresso]

[Via: UNEASYsilence]

…Starbucks is spreading the cheer?

Cheer Pass

Starbucks is hoping to pass on some holiday cheer this season with their Cheer Pass program. The program centers around the giving and receiving of Cheer Passes. You can either download a Cheer Pass from the Starbucks Cheer Pass website, or hope that the next time you’re in a Starbucks store, they pass on a little cheer to you in the form of free samples of holiday beverages, bags of coffee or Starbucks Cards. Each Cheer Pass is uniquely numbered, and can be tracked on the Cheer Pass website. The program works like this: You receive a Cheer Pass along with cheer. You then give cheer to someone else, along with the card. They then give cheer to someone else, along with the card, and the chain of cheer continues on. When you receive a Cheer Pass, you can share the story of how your pass was passed on, and track the cheer that that pass has been a part of already. So what is cheer?

    It’s a random stranger holding the door open for you because you have a bunch of packages. It’s taking your kids out because you know your partner needs a rest. It’s covering for a coworker when they’re sick. It’s giving up your last piece of gum. It’s random. It’s selfless. It makes you feel good – whether you’re giving it or receiving it.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Log on, print some passes, and start sharing the holiday cheer a little early this year. It’s never too soon to start.

[Cheer Pass Central]

[Via: Slashfood]

…Winter is Starbucks’ favorite season?

Starbucks Winter

Though I think this guys quest for his 15 minutes would have been easier had he simply drank only Starbucks for 30 days ala Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock, he can claim to have an original idea, starting his quest in 1997. Winter’s goal (and yes, that is his real name, and his only name, no middle or last, just Winter): to drink a coffee from every Starbucks on the planet. Despite the fact that Starbucks opens 3-4 new stores every day, he’s confident that it’s a feasible accomplishment. So far, he’s visited 5788 North American stores, and 409 international stores in such places as England, Japan, Paris, Madrid, Mexico, Hong Kong and Taiwan. His record is 29 stores in one day, consuming 104 ounces and three shots of espresso, and also experiencing what must have been one of the worst stomach aches on record. Thankfully, he does plan to profit from this endeavor, making a movie called Starbucking to document the trek, and hopefully recouping some of the $29,561.86 he’s spent so far (he keeps some very detailed logs on his website. In another sign of true dedication, he has worn a Starbucks T-shirt every day since October of 2001, though he won’t reveal the number of Starbucks shirts he owns so one can only hope it’s more than a handful. The ’97 Honda Civic hatchback he bought to roam the country with had 78,000 miles on it when purchased, but now shows almost a quarter of a million logged as he has driven through every state but Hawaii. Radar managed to sit him down for an interview (considering the amount of caffeine this guy consumes, it couldn’t have been for too long), and a few of the more interesting questions are as follows:

Do you get free coffee?

I introduce myself and my project and ask for a sample, which is the minimum that I need to consume, and I almost always get it.

The day you hit 29 stores, what were the side effects?

Well, pretty early on I started developing a headache, I started feeling jittery. Later, because of all the liquid I drank, I started feeling bloated. Just looking at the little cup of coffee made me nauseated.

Ever picked up a hot chick in a Starbucks?

Um, I would say, yes, of course, I’ve had brief conversations with plenty of hot chicks, but they’ve never gone anywhere, due to the fact that I am always passing through. I’m sure that works to my disadvantage. I’ve sensed possibilities but they would have required me to actually stay there and pursue something—and that’s incompatible with my lifestyle. One girl in Dallas who I kept trying to go out with finally did, but it never went anywhere. We went for coffee at some café, but not at Starbucks.

Starbucks must have called to find out what you are up to—what did you say?

I told them I want to visit every Starbucks and do something unique. I told them the truth.

That’s still the main motivation?

It has not changed but it has expanded. Now that I’ve started getting publicity, it’s been in the back of my mind that I could use this publicity to promote my philosophical ideas about how to change the world. If I gain any measure of fame from the film, I intend to promote my philosophy, which I expect will make me popular among some, but very unpopular to most. I expect my life to become more difficult.

Can you tell us more about your philosophy?

Yes, but it would be so vague: like I’d like to see an elimination of global conflict. But there’s no point in even printing that because every other man on the street could say the same thing.

So he might not do it for the chicks, the money or the fame, but whatever powers this guy, I hope he finishes his quest before his heart explodes in a caffeinated double shot finale that would make a tragic if not somewhat appropriate end to his movie.

[Starbucks Everywhere]

[Starbucking]

[Radar Online – Interview]

[Wikipedia – Super Size Me]

[Via: Boing Boing]