The pendulum is swinging back, and the past week's trend of "network computing" (i.e., using my Mac mini via a VNC connection, optimized via xrdp) is mutating into a Bluetooth-driven "grab-and-disconnect" series of events along the day (typically when it's either too hot or too dark to lie in the sun).
UMTS makes it possible to go just about anywhere in Portugal and get a steady 384kbps downlink (at least on "my" operator), but, being on vacation, "always on" is blatantly not necessary - plus, the mini is now several kilometers away and switched off, so the remote desktop thing is definitely not happening this week.
Still, if it were possible, it would be neat to have some sort of tablet (say, the 770, although I find it a bit too underpowered) and be able to use just that to keep track of the news (I loathe TV) and access a remote desktop of some sort to get around the tablet's limitations.
mySQL Odds and Ends
If I had vacations like regular people, that would surely be enough. However, being true to form I've been spending some time revitalizing unused neurons, which entailed downloading and installing updated mySQL packages to port some old code.
Nothing much, however, has gotten done in that regard, since I have been having some fun poking around the new Mac OS X Administrator and Query Browser, which go a long way toward lessening my usual loathing of all things database-related and have effectively put CocoaMySQL to rest as far as I'm concerned. They can be downloaded next to the Mac OS X server package at the mySQL site (there's no point in providing a direct download link when all versions are still in a state of flux).
Minimal News Coverage
One of my latest dips into the heady world of 3G wireless connectivity yielded the following tidbits:
- Came across Writeboard, which appears to be 37signal's take on SubEthaEdit. One to watch, for sure.
- HP cuts 14.500 staff - I've been following this one through CNN, and it basically looks like they're pressing 'Undo' on the Compaq merger and keeping the sales force.
- I think I've already mentioned the EU's decision to open up the 5GHz spectrum, but there's some commentary popping up. Wi-Fi is going to be the prime beneficiary (especially now that routers have hit the $60 mark), but there's other stuff in the works.
- Via stevenf, an interesting calculator. I, for one, welcome our Minority Report math overlords.
- Got a couple of suggestions to "shoot up things in the Battlefront", which is now available for Mac OS X. Might be something to slot into my PlayStation 2 when I get back - any opinions?
- In much the same vein, these are not the toys you're looking for. Hilarious.