I’m on my way to PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, where I’ll be for the next week. Hopefully I’ll get a couple of blog posts together about it, and maybe even install Windows 7. The best before-date for my Vista has expired quite a while ago, and it’s been due for reinstallation for a few months already. Maybe it’s all that version 7-talk that’s gone and made it all insecure and everything. Right now it’s a very sad little computer.
Anyway, what’s not sad is our little three-person travel party. Pictured on the right is Mr. Johnny D., clearly looking forward to the trip. Mikael unfortunately doesn’t have a blog, so he will remain un-linked to.
So far on this trip we’ve found that media players have really changed the dynamics of air travel, particularly the inter-continental, boring kind of air travel. As it turns out, we’re all decked out with iPhones, and we’ve all loaded up with a bunch of stuff to watch. Together with an iGO charger (eats 2 AA batteries) It sure beats the in-flight “entertainment” system. We used to all bring our laptops along to watch stuff on, but with battery times unfortunately still not being all it should be (at least we don’t have the fancy new Dells or HP:s or even Macs with close to a whole day of battery time), recharging an iPhone/iPod sure works well.
One problem that still needs solving is how to arrange a comfortable viewing environment. What you can do, and what I did, was use an ugly iPhone protection cover made of silicone or some other rubbery material, which in turn gives the case more friction and you can prop it up quite nicely on the cup-holder part of your tray.
Or, you can do what Mikael (the eternal fixer/tinkerer) did, and make one yourself out of one of the complimentary vomit bags. Granted, the concept still needs some work, but there’s clearly some potential there. Maybe it could be sold as some kind of origami instruction set and packaged as an app on the iPhone app store?
On another note, this week I’ve had some problems with Silverlight 2.0 RTW and my Tablet PC (Silverlight apps crash in certain conditions), which has prevented me from posting at least one more sample relating to my DevDay-presentation. I hope to have that sorted out shortly, and the sample up immediately afterwards.