Yes, I know, the Lifekludger has been a bit quiet on the home-front. Well I’ve been on holidays and away from easy access to a computer. I had a notebook pc with me but being out of my usual environment meant it was often hard to access it much. This hilighted the importance of environment for access – and access to more than just buildings. I’ll explain.
I found I had a wireless access point broadcasting 3 buildings away from the Hotel I was staying so went and bought some hours from them and propped my laptop up on a couple pillows on the table back in my room but the signal wasn’tstrong enough. So I went on a huntto find a place closer to the place where I could find a table I could get under in my wheelchair and reach the laptop with my mouthstick. One place was a outdoor restaurant with a high bar-stool style table, I perched my notebook there but signal was still no good. Similarly, in a park across the road, I found a table I could get under, but wireless was no-go. So I was relegated to dial-up access from the Hotel room, which was slow at best and didn’t work at times. I did manage to fix a couple server problems at work with that and leave a couple blog posts. But to upload some pictures I had to go into the crowded internet cafe where they still had no high tables and little space and got a helper to plug in and upload photos. And I did get a Skype chat with Mike for a few minutes, which may appear as an example of podcasting over bad dialup connetivity on a future show.
Unfortunately my photographer lost a SD card of some snaps with me trying to explore these novel ways of accessing a computer, so unless it magically appears in a piece of clothing or in the washing machine, you’ll just need to imagine a guy in a wheelchair with a mouthstick wandering around quite public areas of Darwin and poking at a notebook propped up on anything that looked anywhere like high enough to use.
Consequently with all these fun and games a couple projects I had set to write while away didn’t get done.
But not to worry, I’m working on them now and will have something to show for it soon. There’s a review of a Tablet PC and a document that I want to flesh out about just what I see in the future of Lifekludger. This latter one was inspired by a Suitwatch article Doc Searls wrote for Linux Journal a while back, so it has a good foundation….just hope I can get my thoughts through as clear as Doc does.
Until then, you might like to check out these nice holiday snaps.