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?? ;-)