Some solo dining occasions, however, are simply lonely. On these occasions, I miss my wife, my kids, and my dog. Enter mobile broadband. I'm not dining alone any more! With iChat, I not only have a text channel, but a video stream of a dining partner. I even have voice. Note that the combination of text and voice allows me to type what I don't want to have overheard. (Yes, I can encrypt the chat... )
So I'm not dining alone but instead with my daughter. Admittedly, my technology footprint is out of place in tonight's venue, a restaurant called Mosto in Marina del Rey (very good gnocchi, by the way). On the other hand, my "presence" is nowhere near as annoying to the other diners as the overly loud blonde sitting inches away, extolling her day's frustrations with her BFFL on her iPhone.