Q4 is convention quarter. Or it is for me anyway. Just like buses nothing happens for 3/4 of the year and then they all come at once. Or something.
This year I'm not going to Les Web in Paris since last year it was nothing more than a political rally for Sarkozy pre French election but I am going to the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin. The nice people at CMP Technology via Conor O'Neil provided me with two expo passes. Drop me a line if you want the other one.
My best laid N95 GPS plans fell foul of not having packet data access while I was in Boston and without network based Assisted GPS the N95 might as well just be a phone. (Which it is.)
Things came to a head after I jumped off the subway and found myself standing in the street looking for Comicopia. There I was with no idea where I was or where I should be going while trying in vain to get a satellite lock when after a few minutes I looked directly to my right.
I took that photo with the phone from exactly where I was standing. If the staff were looking out the window they probably thought I was a weirdo, but since I spent a ton of money in there I'm certain I was quickly reclassified as just being eccentric.
This time I'm buying a stand alone GPS unit and will stomp around Berlin using that. Yeah yeah, sure sure I know a Lonely Planet guide would be a lot cheaper and about as accurate but god damn it I'm not giving up on the technology until it all works perfectly. Then I'll endlessly lament about how it was better in the old days when you had to figure things out to get places becuase that's what all good tech people do.
The moment a problem is solved it's no longer interesting. That's why when some one tells me they're not sure something is going to work or that "it might be risky" I'm up for it.