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June 2004 Issue

World Gone Wireless
Stay connected as you move through the landscape with wireless technology.

By James L. Sipes, ASLA

World Goes Wireless
Pierre Cornuel/

Landscape architects do not belong in a cramped room with no windows, staring at a computer screen. I don't know about you, but that is not why I became a landscape architect. I like working outside, visiting job sites, watching a rippling stream and the shimmering leaves on an aspen. But I also strongly believe that opportunities for our profession increase dramatically as we expand our use of technology. This is where wireless technology comes in.

Wireless technology can allow us to be more flexible in how we access the internet and help us increase productivity, improve communication, and become more innovative. A wireless world promises fewer restrictions and a lot more freedom. For example, I am sitting in Tully's Coffee, on the corner of Broadway and Ninth in Tacoma, Washington, sipping a cup of chai tea while I write this article. The process is very simple—I turn my laptop on, click the Internet Connect icon, select from the list of access points that pop up, and start surfing the web.

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