According to some posts on the Cobalt Forum, the Sun Knowledge Base has apparently dropped all Cobalt-related content (including a set of instructions for recompiling PHP on the Qube that I had a link to), so I have documented here everything I know about getting the latest versions of PHP to run on the RAQ550 and Qube without breaking the administration interface.
Speakeasy has always been of some interest to me, because they operate (what at least used to be) a profitable ADSL business in the US and were used by many people as a yardstick for ADSL penetration (if only because they were reasonably forthcoming with information and placed minimal spin on it). They probably mean zip to Portuguese techies, but you can say that about a lot of interesting things.
The real news here is that Speakeasy now allows people to resell their bandwidth, which is a logical consequence of it being fundamentally infeasible to control (not impossible, because there are ways to find out about those things). Their TOS already allowed for connection sharing, but this allows them to both expand their registered user base (by local procurement) and sell more services (mailboxes, typically), hence (theoretically) increasing their profits.
Gartner on Hotspots
Public WLAN Hot Spot Locations Worldwide, by Type Location 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Airports 85 152 292 378 423 Hotels 569 2,274 11,687 22,021 23,663 Retail Outlets 474 11,109 50,287 82,149 85,567 Enterprise Guesting Areas 84 624 1,762 3,708 5,413 Stations and Ports - 88 623 2,143 3,887 Community Hot Spots 2 266 5,637 20,561 30,659 Others - 240 790 1,526 2,156 Total Market 1,214 14,752 71,079 132,486 151,768 Source: Gartner Dataquest (June 2003)