Google has been chosen to provide free wi-fi access to San Francisco (Click here). It reminded me of a time, farily recently, when a large American publishing house approached TRIP with a view to potentially buying ‘us’. One of the main stumbling blocks related to our inability to store our records on a PDA. I suggested that it won’t be long before most places will be wi-fi enabled allowing ‘live’ searching of TRIP. They weren’t convinced! San Francisco’s plans seem to be a major step forward in this direction.

The storing of databases on a PDA reminds me of when Medline was available on a load of CDs. Who would go back to that arrangement now you can search on a live updated version (via PubMed or HubMed)?