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Technology in the air

René Jorissen on December 12, 2009 0 Comments

Technology and high-tech is evolving and keeps evolving. Everything you almost wish for is present in your phone. Take my Nokia E71 and my iPhone as an example. Together they almost represent a full work space for me.

I have e-mail, agenda and contacts synchronized. There are multiple VPN capabilities to connect to the office or customers, applications for terminal emulation, word processing, remote desktop. I have a browser, a Citrix client. I can update my blog via a WordPress application and check Twitter messages. I have got everything with me.

At the time of writing I cannot use any of these functionalities, why? I am somewhere over the Atlantic in the worst plane I have ever been in. My girl and I travelled multiple times to Asia and I believe we got spoiled on those flight.

Sure, I couldn’t use my phones and all their features, but I had my own On-Demand entertainment system. There is video and music on-demand, I can check the flight status and play Arcade games. So Enough high-tech to survive an 12 hour flight. There is even plenty of space to sit and an helpful (and good looking ;-)) flight crew. Every single Asian plane is just perfect.

Currently I am sitting in some Delta Airlines “coffin”. Speaking about technology in the sky, there is just NO technology on this plane. There is no entertainment system at all, not even a shared on. There is no space to sit comfortable and the seats are a real drama. I checked business class seats, but there wasn’t much business and class was hard to find. We are served by 4 stewardesses and together they were 500 years. They already look angry when I turn on my mp3 player.

I am looking forward to fly in 5 years. I guess it will be possible to do everything on the air plane with a decent wifi connection, but on the other side. Will you ever have a decent holiday if you bring your work with you?

When you read this post, it means that I survived the trip across the Atlantic and I survived the American customs “interogations”, which will be even harder to survive AND found some wireless access to upload the blog post. A lot of AND statements, should I be afraid?? ;-)

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René Jorissen

Co-owner and Solution Specialist at 4IP Solutions
René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, Aruba Networks, FortiNet, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA SecurID, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is Aruba Certified Edge Expert (ACEX #26), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX #438), Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX #725), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX #760), CCNP R&S, FCNSP and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEF) certified. You can follow René on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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