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Not many people would deliberately devote four days to train travel in order to work out just how good Next G broadband coverage is, but it does provide some unusual insights into when 3G broadband services are useful (and when they aren't). Here's the five key lessons I've learnt during the Off The Rails project.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Welcome to Off The Rails, where I'm venturing along the north coast of NSW on a cheap rail pass to see just how well 3G broadband in general (and Telstra's Next G network in particular) perform on the go and outside capital cities. After the first day, I'm wondering whether the software that drives the process is going to be up to the task.