Returned home earlier this evening after a lovely few days in Brissy. Was there primarily for a conference, Beyond the Hype, at QUT, and also got to meet my girlfriend’s brother and his family, who very kindly hosted the pair of us during our stay. A full on conference that was everything I’d hoped it would be, not to mention a chance to meet and hang out with a great bunch of librarians. Will blog in more detail later. Feeling a bit exhausted, and I fly to Melbourne tomorrow for a week or so. First up is VALA, to be followed a few days later by my company’s internal sales conference. Gauranteed that I will be very, very tired by the end of my stay.

BTH was also the first proper roadtest of my Eee, and it performed wonderfully! Twas a joy to unfold it on the plane and have space beside for a coffee and iPod. Was able to work comfortably on the way up. During the conference, it was great and as near as I can tell, I took a few thousand words in notes. Power was one of my concerns but a friend had the answer, Kathryn bought her own powerboard, and 3 of us sat up the back near one of the only powerpoints, all plugged in via Kathryn’s board. No luck with accessing the QUT wireless network so was unable to live blog. Having a small, light laptop meant it was easy to carry (no lugging) and didn’t dominate my seating space, whether I was in a lecture theatre or on a plane. This is the closest I’ve come to a truly portable computer. I’d still like something about half the weight again and I need to explore options for continuous net access, probably 3 or nextg or something like that. Then I can have net access everywhere I go…well, assuming I can get a signal :-)

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