by Sandy Ikeda
An article in “The City” section of The New York Times yesterday (30 November), “Where plugging in means paying up,” raises several interesting questions. It’s about a café that charges customers to use its electricity, which is evidently an unusual enough practice these days to warrant a Times story. Why don’t more places do this? Is electricity that cheap? Is it because the computer phenomenon is relatively new and business practice hasn’t quite caught on?