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free power in NYC

laptop plugged into power strip plugged into patch cable plugged into NYC city street light pole
Free Power, NYC, Feb. 3, 2008.
Photo by L. Quilter.

In NYC earlier this month, I saw someone sitting on a sidewalk with a laptop and other accoutrements. I assumed it was just a convenient (if cold) place to pick up a free wireless signal, but when I got closer I realized that the person was also picking up free power.

They kindly allowed me to photograph the setup. Simply by popping open this NYC pole — just one of the standard crosswalk poles — patching a cable, and attaching a powerstrip, voilá! City power.

Now that’s supporting the arts and technology.