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Went to an exhibition[^] (and after that a Christmas market-ish) with a friend yesterday.
After that, we wanted to go have a hot chocolate and a quick byte, but, alas, the two coffee houses we stopped by were taken over by coffee house laptop zombies. All the tables, and chairs were filled with laptop hungry people!
I imagine there were all there taking the space for hours, only sipping a small coffee and sucking up all the wifi and electricity ...
Kind of frustrating.
Luckily, we found a third coffee place, not too far away with one empty table.
I read somewhere earlier this year (don't remember where) that the zombies are a big problem for the coffee houses... for exactly that reason. People come in, buy a $5 cup of coffee, the hand onto a chair/table for 4 or 5 hours preventing them from turning the table.
I've seen it close to being that bad at Panera Bread as well. Makes me wonder if there is something on Android that would let me spoof an AP and disassociate all the clients using my phone or tablet. If the wireless became flaky would the zombies muddle to somewhere else?
Most coffee places and diners here only give you 30 minutes and x MB free wifi. I think this helps prevent that scourge, but the coffee shops still get pretty damn full of laptops. Just not the same ones all day.
But if other people can't see how hard you are working how do you know you are working?
Actually, having recently started modifying a bedroom in my home, I noticed my office had become quite full of unproductive stuff, cluttering the environment. The way most people live, I am sure there entire home is filled with junk and a noisy coffee shop is the only "productive" place they can find.