Archive | January, 2005

Blogging in Transit

I started a 14 day trip on Thursday and still haven’t reached my final destination. Nevertheless, this is a trip I’ve been looking forward to for a number of reasons none of which fall in the ‘blogging while in transit’ category. Either way, right now I’m at an airport cafe in Schipol, Amsterdam and am thoroughly impressed with the improvements made to easing communication needs at airports.

Airbus A380

For years whenever I’ve traveled cross continental I’ve never truly enjoyed the entire flight. Perhaps, transiting in airports for 12 hours and dealing with weird immigration rules and restrictions prevented me from enjoying the trip to its fullest. However, after today’s launch of the Airbus A380 I definitely have to add flying on an Airbus A380 airline as an item to my wish list.

Perhaps the words of someone may help relay the point more effectively …

“For both business class and economy travelers, we will be introducing a range of new features, because as a small airline, we need to innovate. These will include a gym area, larger bars and a beauty parlour. We also plan to include a casino and double beds …”

– Sir Richard Branson

Opera – Free for Educational Institutions

I tried Opera once when I was back in college and appreciated that there was another company (other than Netscape) devoted to creating an application solely for browsing on any hardware or software platform. It had a lot of the functionality but it lacked that true integrated feel with my primary OS of choice. Aside from that Opera’s price line was also a major obstacle.

Well, it appears that Opera must have picked up a slight hint at browser improvements from Microsoft and Mozilla and decided that it was time to up the fight by offering free site licenses to educational institutions. Currently it appears that the only catch is the creation of an Opera account and the benefits of large swarms of users demanding these browsers when entering the work force is probably the expected return on investment.

For more information visit the Opera Higher Education Program.

-31�F or -35�C

When I first came to the United States I always looked forward to the Winter season. The thought of Christmas, snow, holidays and pleasant cool weather often found me praising the season. Today I realized why some people hate this season. After landing in Calgary, Alberta Canada yesterday I was welcomed to -31�F or -35�C weather. For a brief moment you realize that irrespective of the Fahrenheit or Celcius scale they’re both a negative number which in layman’s terms or for those who don’t want to use the equation, F= (C * 1.8) + 32, just means cold. Thankfully, the city is blessed with lots of friendly people and they more than make up for the weather.

For the next few days I’ll be chilling in Calgary.