Leprechauns Not Found

To kick off the year with some excitement, I flew to Dublin this week to visit partner facilities. Alas, the only thing I was able to fit into the tight schedule was nearly freezing my ears off, and there was not a leprechaun in sight.

Which was not really an issue in itself (my ears thawed readily enough), but rather the most memorable thing I can share here. And despite not being able to take advantage of all the helpful suggestions I got from my friends prior to the trip (not even for a cup of coffee, to much dismay from various quarters) it was an enjoyable enough stint. Very, hum… cloudy, in both regular and technical terms.

For travel gear I took my , which still works splendidly as a thin client. The tight schedule meant that I was unable to do much else except take notes and catch up on e-mail, but I did use Working Copy to do some coding during the trip itself (including performing a couple of offline commits in mid-air), so my hope for the as a productivity device was renewed to a fair degree.

But as a communication device, the thing is unbeatable right now. FaceTime worked flawlessly (much to the chagrin of the roaming guys, I suppose), Skype less so (but was tolerable). I was able to keep tabs on my e-mail, all forms of news and the we all have to put up with these days was adequately represented and adequately useful, so all things considered it was the best device I could travel with.

Considering it was already technically obsolete by the time I bought it, that’s not bad. The only way it let me down was where it regards my reading addiction: right now I have Gibson’s The Peripheral and a couple of refreshers on top of my virtual pile (which reminds me, I decided to set up a profile on Goodreads a while back, in case you’re interested), and I still prefer reading the non-technical stuff on an e-ink display – there are simply too many potential distractions otherwise, and the type still seems crisper somehow.