We went through a bit of difficulty late last week when we lost central air for the second floor, so we pulled a futon downstairs and have been sleeping in the sun room. (The cats have been very confused). Yesterday, we had a new system installed (took about six hours and several small piles of gold). Our house didn't actually get central air conditioning until around the early 80's -- I can't imagine living in Austin without it.
But, of course, one of the things people have been doing in Austin since time immemorial in the summer when it's purgatorially hot is to head down to the Barton Springs Pool. Now, thanks to something called the Outdoor Wireless Mesh Project, in addition to such normal poolside staples as sunblock, towel, sunglasses, and cash, you will also need to remember your laptop computer.
But only if it's waterproof.
And if you can read the screen on the 300+ days per year of sunshine we get down here.
I hate to say this, because I kind of like technology, but I think if you absolutely need Internet access while you're taking a dip at the Barton Springs Pool or taking the Zilker Zephyr, you're kind of missing the point.