February 11th, 2007

travel

Mobile Phones (Parte the Third)

So broke away from the con yesterday for a couple of hours to head into town to look at pda/phones. Virgin mobile didn't carry them, but I found the young lady there was most helpful at suggesting other places to try - no attempts to suggest I try one of their phones, no push of their plans, just genuine help - hooray for good customer service!

Also found out that the i-mate and the dopol are exactly the same unit, from the same company, with the same features, rebranded. Given that there is around a $300 difference between them in price, this is an important piece of knowledge to have.

The thing I liked about the Dopol is also that thing I hated about it. It has a decent sized slide out keyboard. The thing I have about mobiles is I want as few moving parts as possible - to me flip-tops and slide out keyboards are just another point of failure waiting to happen.

Still looking, but figuring I may have to go with a standard phone, so long as I can find one cheap enough. If the phone costs too much, then it becomes a situation where it makes more sense to spend the extra. Not like we have the extra, but we can find it, just don't want to have to.
  • Current Mood
    okay still searching...
travel

Discworld

Saw the Mort play at the con yesterday, was good. Mort himself was particularly well cast. Didn't really get to much else, too tired, but chatted and caught up with a few people.

Also got to crash in Philip's room (yay!) for an hour or two. Think I threw him somewhat - when he left I was on the couch, when he came back, I was on the floor. Nice thick carpet and I could stretch out.

The con seems to be running smoothly. I've certainly seen far more experienced committees do a noticeably worse job. While I mainly went to the con as moral support, I'm findng myself enjoying it as much as most cons, and would seriously consider going to another. It's fun, there are lots of hall costumes, and a good vibe.

I think that, because Pratchett's work is heavy on the humour, most of the people turning up are wanting a good time and a laugh. And that influences that whole feel of the con.