Hello from the future! 
Monday, 21 September, 2009, 07:33
Posted by Administrator
Okay, well it's not really the future ... but right now, it's 2:33AM in Chicago and it's 5:33 PM in Sydney. So, if you really want to play that way, yes I am in the future. It's a nice future, but nothing's really that different.

The flight over here wasn't that bad, though I didn't have much room to do anything on the plane. The lady in front of me put her seat all the way back, which pretty much put the seatback TV right in my face. I couldn't open my laptop more than 30 degrees, so even though I found the electrical outlet in the back of the seat in front of me, I couldn't play Left 4 Dead on the plane like I had planned. I also couldn't mess with the DS because, quite frankly, I didn't have the patience (yes, I didn't have the patience to even play Super Mario Bros.).

What was awesome, though, was that the seatback TV had a whole bunch of on-demand programming. There were movies from this year, too -- I managed to watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine a few hours before we landed in Sydney yesterday. The Qantas A380 has a small video camera embedded in the tail, so I could actually see what was going on outside even though I didn't have a window seat -- that was freaking brilliant.

Saw the Sydney office in person for the first time today. It really is one big area with desks all jammed together. I haven't taken any pictures of it yet.

As you can see I have obtained Internet access via an Optus 3G USB stick. I understand it has a 2GB limit, though, so I need to use it somewhat sparingly ... Walt and Jeff have a wireless modem and it turns out their apartment is right next to mine, so we'll see if we can rig up a wireless network I can join. That way, I can get on Skype with people and not worry about maxing out the Optus card, effectively taking it out of commission for the rest of the month.

So ... long update today, but all in all we're having a pretty good time :)
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