Plane Friendly Mobile

Getting stuff done on a plane is always a pain in the ass. Sure, I’ve got the laptop and an extra battery, but actually using it on the plane, especially with the person in front of you reclining, is just about impossible. And I’m about to spend quite a long time on the plane this weekend. I could use it to “detach” for a while, as multiple people have recommended I should do. They’re obviously insane.

So instead I have tried to make a plane friendly system that I can use to do a little hackery and work on some notes without having to contort myself too much. Russ had lent me a bluetooth keyboard to try out with the 770 a while ago, and it was brilliant. So I Amazoned myself a Think Outside Stowaway bluetooth keyboard cause of course I had no idea where they would stock such a thing (I tried CompUSA, Fry’s and Best Buy). Tada!

N800 and Keyboard

Should make an excellent device for the trip. I have xterm, python, a PDF viewer and a backlog of papers I’ve been meaning to read, VIM, and 3 gig of storage. The battery the n800 uses is the same one as the 770 did, so I have an extra battery. And what a stroke of luck, it’s the same battery that the E61 uses as well! So I have three batteries all together that if I leave with them charged up I can use in the N800. In flight wifi would rock, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

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3 Responses to Plane Friendly Mobile

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  2. Bernardo says:

    Hm… but can you use a bluetooth device on a plane? I don’t think so…

  3. miker says:

    I’ve heard stories one way and the other. But I’ve definitely also been on planes where wifi was available:

    http://www.rowehl.com/blog/?p=500

    Sure, those particular planes might have had something else done to them in order to make them wifi proof. For all the times I’ve seen MacBooks around with the Bluetooth on and WiFi on, and Windows machines that are just perpetually on (ever try scanning for wifi hotspots on a plane to check out the interesting Windows behavior? http://tinyurl.com/2rj6cw) I have to assume that even if there is a regulation, no one is respecting it and the grounds for it are misplaced.

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