Category Archives: FON

They Don’t Like Me

They don’t like me, I just know it . . . Actually, maybe they do or maybe they don’t. Does it really matter? They have to put up with me every day either way.
Today, I had my camera at work to take some photos for our upcoming Newsletter, so I decided to make a short video strutting around on the East Side of Alcobendas.


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Hysidro en el Top 8

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Fuentes cercanas a FON acaban de confirmar que Hysidro ha sido elegido uno de los Top 8 del Departamento de Marketing para el 2007. ¡Enhorabuena!

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Berga encontrado en Casablanca

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Las noticias han confirmado que no fue Maddie sino nuestro ex-compañero RastaFonero, Berga, quien se perdía por tierras magrebíes (aunque con la ayuda del photoshop de Hysidro, seguro que veríamos a ella también escondida en la foto). Pues, sí, definitivamente hemos encontrado a Berga en Casablanca.

Pero una pregunta ¿a quién se le ocurre una escapada a Marruecos en pleno Ramadán? Bueno, tampoco parece que esté sufriendo demasiado el ayuno colectivo; pero claro es una Coca-Cola que le acompaña en su siesta “bérber”.

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FON: A Quick Corporate Promo


Sorry to interrupt you all with a little shameless corporate promo, but I have to get this out of the way.

On Tuesday, we announced that we were launching the Neuf WiFi FON service in France with some 600,000 Neuf boxes flashed with FON’s software. We celebrated in Paris and were hosted by Jean-Paul Huchon who represents about 11 million Parisians as their regional president.

And today, we have announced the creation, together with British Telecom, of the BT FON Community. BT has flashed some 1.7 million of their routers with FON’s software and has also become a shareholder in FON.

So this is pretty big news for those of us slaving over here in Madrid. We have gone from some 280K FON WiFi routers out there to potentially having 2.8 million routers with FON inside.

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Back from Paris with the Flu

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I just got back from Paris today and brought the flu with me. Oh la la, trè exciting! I was there for five days for some pleasure and some business as FON threw a Fiesta to celebrate launching a joint service with France’s top alternative carrier, Neuf Cegetel.

Give me a little time to recuperate and I will be posting again.

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It is Imperative that I Be Subjunctive

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The other day at work I was drafting an internal procedure and wrote, “It is important that the Department create procedures to . . .” After having showed it to my boss, he mentioned that there was a typo or grammatical error, and that it should have read, “It is important that the deparment creates procedures to . . .”

I read the sentence over a couple of times and was convinced that my version was correct, and that the difference in conjugation was due to the fact that the sentence was imperative and required the use of the subjunctive. I was told that that might in fact be the case, but that I should still change it to “creates” because everyone who would read the document would see it as an error. I normally don’t argue (outside of this blog) unless I am pretty confident of my position. Continue reading


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Being and Perception

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A few weeks ago, Nicolas (FON’s bearded Canadian) and Borja organized a barbeque with the official office hoser doing all of the cooking. I was not able to attend. Today, I finally saw some of the photos and was shocked at the realization that:

When I am not around, my co-workers continue to exist. They are live human beings that breathe, eat, and do all sorts of things even when they are not in the office or in my presence. Of course, I wasn’t there to witness any of this, but unless the photos were part of a covert conspiracy to make me believe in their independent existence, they do actually exist outside of my perception. And they all appear to be enjoying themselves in the photos. Maybe I am not the axis upon which all else revolves.

This is just a preliminary thought, though, and is not meant to be conclusive.

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