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I worked on my agenda, putting my schedule on the SCN site this year, since we have “documents”.

ASUG 2012 Agenda – Jim Spath

Then I decided which gear needs to go, and which needs to stay. First, check the pocket where there USB and memory cards live.  Probably too many. Shake this down to 2 USB, and one SD card for emergency cell phone camera upload override.

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Then the recording gear. Single shot camera, MP3 recorder, video camera, web cam, and the cell phone. This shot was taken with the iPad, so there’s one more not in the picture. Decided that while the Nikon takes great shots, the cell lens is good enough; the web cam won’t add any value, nor will I have a chance to do a podcast. If there’s recording to be done, the Flip will need to suffice (better than the phone recorder, for sure). Emptied footage from the Inside Track India (back at the end of 2011). Charged the devices.

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Here’s the downsized package, again not including the iPad that took this shot.

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To the plane!

Editing the agenda on the iPad turned out to be a dead end. The HTML started to load, then a spinning bar. I never got further. This will stymie my blogging flexibility. The “old” SCN wasn’t much better, but I was able to enter text if not edit tags or upload pictures.

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After packing with what I thought was the minimum required for business travel, I headed to the airport. As usual, the change in vector allowed my brain to surface the items left off the packing list, or items on the list not packed. First there was the reusable coffee cup (AKA Sierra Cup). No great loss, I’d find another.  Then, um. I forget.

Travel to Orlando was not unpleasant; spotted ASUG Volunteer and Business Objects expert Ken Hartman on the plane, and then in the baggage area. Picked up the Mears Shuttle, checked into the hotel, had a short dinner with ASUG BITI team member, then back to the hotel to review the agenda and preparations for the Mobile Pre-conference Day on Sunday.

More details on the Sunday sessions will follow.

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  1. Tom Van Doorslaer

    It’s funny how we tend to take 1000$+ worth of IT material whenever we go somewhere.

    I remember a time where my dad used to go on business trips with nothing more than Pen and Paper (and a suitcase with clothing of course).

    O How technology changed our lives

    ps: could the SDN IPAD problem be because of the semi-support for HTML5 which Apple follows?

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