Onboard Internet

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Today Finland is celebrating 90th birthday of the Republic, and so it is appropriate to write about how things are better in Sweden, where I’m visiting the first Scandinavian Free Software Conference.

The example this time is computer usage in trains. While VR has only grudgingly added some power outlets to long distance trains, SJ’s X2000 trains have them for every seat.

And even better, there is onboard internet with an updating map of the train’s position:


Unfortunately the train position is embedded in the map image and can’t be read programmatically. It would make for a nice, specialized GeoClue position provider…

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