The not-so-electrical train - part 2

So here I am again, this time in VR's InterCity nr 56 on Boxing Day, December 26, going South. Now there is electricity in the outlet, but VR has sold four of these "PC seats with electrical outlet" around a tiny table with just two outlets.

By the time I got on the train, both outlets where already in use.

I guess I won't be using my laptop all the way this time either.

And this table is a joke. It is about 30cm wide at its widest part. Try putting two big laptops opposite of each other on that. It can't be done.

Game consoles - power and/or mobility?

What is the difference between a PC and a game console like the X-Box 360 these days?

Consoles used to be simple - you just pop the disc/cartridge in and it works. These days, there is not much difference anymore. Big desktop consoles are very much like big desktop computers and handheld consoles are quite similar to handheld computers/PDAs. Having two of each seems like such a waste of resources.

The limits of mobility

Ok, not really mobile technology related no matter how I try to put it, but still a funny photo taken with my camera phone.

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Blackberry spotted!

I actually spotted a Blackberry today. An American at the airport in Munich was thumbing away at one while waiting for a flight. First time I have ever seen one in real life. These mythical devices that people in GSM/GPRS deprived countries are rumoured to be using. A thumb-board instead of a keyboard and a very unimpressive LCD screen. But Americans really seem to be using them.