Itâ€™s getting so a day without wifi is a rare occurrence. Even when Iâ€™m taking a day off, I almost always have it available. To be in New York at the Javits Convention Center and not be online was bizarre â€“ and this wasnâ€™t only a matter of my being annoyed to be asked for $30 a day for wifi service, though that is outrageously high, but that the service provider at Javits doesnâ€™t support VPN (Virtual Private Network) access. ((I admit that this is partly an issue because I donâ€™t yet have a phone/PDA device for e-mail. (The discussion about what I should get is as lively as that over my Chinese name. Iâ€™m apparently in the â€˜demanding userâ€™ category, but I donâ€™t want to spend a lot of money, whether Iâ€™m in the U.S. or in Europe or China or India.) I also need to write â€“ Iâ€™ve got a book review, panel plans, and a China publishing symposium plan in progress as we speak â€“ and thatâ€™s much easier with a full-size keyboard.))
Iâ€™ve been on two panels at BEA and had a bunch of meetings, and have half-written posts about them, but Iâ€™m at Grand Central Station now waiting for a train and think I should wait and finish them tomorrow, referring you instead to an unmissable story from Richard Charkinâ€™s blog. Liz, Erin, and I were there just after Richard and a colleague walked off with two nice laptops from the Google stand, in a savvy stunt aimed at showing what Google is doing in their scanning of books in copyright.