Just returned from a wedding in Estonia. It’s a country of 1.4 million, very poor, still reeling from decades of Russian occupation.

And yet, they have one of the highest web penetration rates in the world. There are free wifi hotspots all over the capital city, Tallinn, and even in small rural towns we saw the birght orange “wifi eesti” signs.

No wonder it was Estonians who invented Skype. (They’re very proud of it.)

One other cool wireless app they invented, which is now exporting to other countries — paying parking meters by mobile phone. You send an SMS to a central database with your license plate number, you hit “bill me”, and when the meter maid comes around to your car, she uses her special handheld wireless device to activate the bill. Brilliant.

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