I can't believe how long it takes to get installed in a new house. Aside from doing normal moving house stuff like changing the water, gas and electric, there are essential things that just don't work. I had no Internet and no TV for over 3 weeks. Now the TV is less of a problem, but when there's no Internet and no TV you start getting bored quickly. So I was off out armed with my bike, PowerBook and keyring wifi network finder. The potentially cult image of the wardriver is not quite right; imagine more a girl in a mac trapsing round bars and coffee shops (no, unfortunately, not that type of coffee shop).
This is easy in the States, even if you end up paying to use a network, there's always something to use. In the UK too, at least you'll find plenty of Starbucks. What is wrong with Amsterdam? Where is all the (free or otherwise) Wifi?
So far, I know 11 has free wifi but it's like worse then modem speeds and very intermittent. De Balie has great free wifi and lots of it but not on my tram route my bike also broke the other day. I know I can use the free Wifi on Nieuwemarkt, I think provided by the Waag Society. So that's a whopping 3 free wireless networks. I asked in about 10 trendy bars and cafes around De Pijp but no - 'there is an internet cafe up the street'. What use is an Internet cafe?
Perhaps more terrifying than the fact that cafes don't seem to realise the value of offering free wifi to customers in Amsterdam, is the fact that it takes 3-4 WEEKS to get an ADSL connection. If anyone knows of some fast free wifi in Amsterdam please please post it as a comment.
By the way, getting some connectivity was such a pain I even waited until we got connected at home to post this. It's all over now and we have our lovely "up to 20mbps" connection.