"Since being in hospital Saturday 14th I've had no internet connection - there is no wireless here, nor any Ethernet, nor even a crappy bedside unit. There is a bedside unit that does TV and radio, and is supposed to do 'net but it doesn't work, and besides has an awful PDA-style keypad.
For the first few days Nik ever so kindly shuttled his powerbook back and forth with my mail downloaded for offline tinkering. This worked pretty well all-in-all but obviously I couldn't use the Web or do any work. We did try to set up a dev environment but it was quite hard work and out of both our areas of knowledge.
Word got out I was banged up in hospital and Saul Albert of wirelesslondon.info rocked up with two laptops, a 12V car jumpstart battery, a directional wifi antenna, and reams of various cables.
Thank you Saul! (And thank you unsecured hotspot owners!)"
How to get internet from a hospital bed