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Mobile Office Reviews: James Court McDonalds

By Barcham 18 April 2013 34

Hey look! A Red Eye bottle! 10 points!

It’s Mobile Office Review time!

We need a theme song.

In our never ending quest to earn ‘scene-points’ by finding the coolest hippest places to hang out and be seen with our laptops, Johnboy and I went to James Court McDonalds today to show the world just how hip we are.

I feel a little bit ill.

I even made sure to stay at the pub for a few extra drinks last night just to enhance my enjoyment of eating greasy Maccas food today, but I don’t think it helped.

We rocked up to start out work day and found a place chain our bikes up under cover, this made us happy.

Our happiness did not last.

Food:

It’s McDonalds… You already know this. Burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets. Reviewing McDonalds food seems a little pointless; you already know what’s what there. I will say this, the burgers may not be as good as those from Brodburger, but they are at least reasonably priced.

I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.

Productivity:

Mixed. It was quiet. The traffic throughout the morning was largely people who came in, ate their food, and left without making a noise. At lunch the place filled up and things got loud. There was a great big TV screen playing daytime TV which can be quite distracting, but thankfully they had the volume turned down.

The music cycled between great and dreadful, but at least it was quiet and easy to tune out.

Coffee:

Over to Johnboy:

I desperately wanted to hate the coffee from the McCafe, but while it’s not cheap it’s very soundly executed.

Watch out for the 90c they charge for a shot of syrup though, is that the best profit margin in the world of business?

Comfort:

The seats were nice and the booths were spacious and pleasant. The tables however were quite high, not enough to make it difficult to eat, just enough that our arms were at an odd angle to type and work at.

Maybe you’re really tall. You’d probably like the table height then, but us average sized people were a bit uncomfortable. Short people should bring a cushion.

Technology:

Power! Sweet magical electricity. Most of the tables had access to power points and it was blissful. More places need to be like this.

McDonalds does have free WiFi, but unfortunately it’s awful. Seriously awful. It cut in and out regularly, and when it was working it worked slowly. We quickly switched to using our mobile internet.

Oddly both of our mobile connections seemed much worse than normal. We both had a reasonable signal according to the little bars on our devices, but things kept slowing down to a crawl. I believe we’re both on the Vodaphone network so it’s hard to tell if it’s Vodaphone’s fault, or whether there’s some interference at James Court. Either way, we were much slower online than usual, which isn’t very good.

Service:

Fine. Once again I think we’ve all experienced the bored but polite teenagers of a McDonalds before.

Other People:

An amazing cross section of humanity can be found at James Court McDonalds. From Public Servants on their lunch-break, to families keeping the kids happy, to homeless guys just wanting to be off the street. Every single person who walks in the door is different and magnificent.

People watchers rejoice. There was one guy who gave Johnboy the evil eye for like an hour. It was great.

Conclusion:

No, just no. Not a great place to work, nor just be in general.

Being able to plug in your laptop at a table is a wonderful thing, but sadly that’s all that is really going for James Court’s McDonalds. The WiFi was terrible, the place smelt like a dirty frier, and after having breakfast and lunch at McDonalds today I feel kinda like oil is dripping from my fingers onto this keyboard.

Ewww.

Alrighty, where to next gang?


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devils_advocate 2:09 pm 19 Apr 13

poetix said :

poetix said :

Barcham said :

FioBla said :

johnboy said :

FioBla said :

Civic or National Library?

Nice ideas, but we do have to be able to talk.

The concept of silence in libraries is long past.

People bring kids in there now for story telling etc.

ACT Libraries, not National Library.

I like the sound of that.

The area downstairs in the National Library (Lower Ground 1) where all the staff eat has chairs and you can talk all you like. Just near the map room.

Though I don’t know how they’d feel about two people there for hours and hours, as opposed to a quick meeting.

Pfft. It doesn’t matter how they’d feel. They’d never say anything to said two people.
Probably they’d have a staff meeting about it, get some legal advice, form a committee to look into the issue, realise they have no strict legal entitlements, one of the committee members would go off on stress leave, and it would never be spoken of again.

neanderthalsis 11:59 am 19 Apr 13

You could try the Hideout in Barton.

james270 11:19 am 19 Apr 13

FioBla said :

james270 said :

There seems to be quite the flurry of these mobile office reviews. I hope Barcham hasn’t done something that has resulted in you been evicted from the eagle’s nest.

It’s probably easier for johnboy to meet women outside the office.

If that is the case then I hope he sets his sights a little higher than your average JC Maccas patron:)

Barcham 10:31 am 19 Apr 13

I think the mobile office reviews will continue until we find someplace just right.

Then we’ll live there.

bundah 10:12 am 19 Apr 13

At least they don’t put that dreadful aoli stuff on their burgers 🙂

FioBla 9:32 am 19 Apr 13

james270 said :

There seems to be quite the flurry of these mobile office reviews. I hope Barcham hasn’t done something that has resulted in you been evicted from the eagle’s nest.

It’s probably easier for johnboy to meet women outside the office.

Henry82 9:29 am 19 Apr 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

otherwise the phone keeps trying to get onto their silly non-working system.

just jump onto the settings, find the wireless network and click “forget”

davo101 8:21 am 19 Apr 13

goggles13 said :

there is no Vodaphone, it is Vodafone.

I thought it was Vodafail or Woedafone, or is that just because I talk to too many of their customers?

james270 8:12 am 19 Apr 13

There seems to be quite the flurry of these mobile office reviews. I hope Barcham hasn’t done something that has resulted in you been evicted from the eagle’s nest.

wildturkeycanoe 5:48 am 19 Apr 13

Maccas Wi-fi is the worst thing ever. Every time I am in McDonalds waiting for my order and I try to get onto the internet on my phone, it automatically tries to connect to their wi-fi [I have my connection enabled all the time for my home network]. This is not so much of a problem except it goes to their website, goes through a myriad of login procedures and then doesn’t work anyway. So now, if I want to check my emails or look at the weather whilst waiting for my burger, I have to disable my wireless and connect via the phone network. then I have to reconnect it when leaving, otherwise the phone keeps trying to get onto their silly non-working system. I am not with Vodafail either but one of our country’s main carriers, not that it matters anyway. Have others run into this problem?
Also, the Belconnen mall Maccas is worse because there is no mobile internet or phone service in the food court either – what gives Telstra???? [Oops – did I say that out loud?]

caf 12:16 am 19 Apr 13

I believe Hostage Bar at Dickson has wifi, and they even advertise some nice-sounding $10 lunches so you could kill two reviews with one stone.

Masquara 9:48 pm 18 Apr 13

poetix said :

Barcham said :

FioBla said :

johnboy said :

FioBla said :

Civic or National Library?

Nice ideas, but we do have to be able to talk.

The concept of silence in libraries is long past.

People bring kids in there now for story telling etc.

ACT Libraries, not National Library.

I like the sound of that.

The area downstairs in the National Library (Lower Ground 1) where all the staff eat has chairs and you can talk all you like. Just near the map room.

And you can use the wifi in Bookplate Cafe, work & talk there, or sit in the comfy chairs in the foyer and talk all you like. The coffee in Bookplate is cheap sh*te though!

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