[sc:bitbucket-category ]I recently took a trip to Vegas for a quick vacation and three things kind of stuck out for me:
- My phone
- Hotel WiFi
- The rental car
I used off airport parking and dropped my car off in lots of time, I then grabbed the shuttle to the airport, checked in and went to US Customs. At which point I realized I’d left my phone in my car!
It’s amazing how dependent on our phones we’ve become and as I’d gotten to the airport with lots of time to spare, I had enough time to go back to my car and get it.
But it could certainly been a very different story. I don’t know if I’d have survived without it for almost a week 🙂
Staying on the Vegas strip in a major hotel chain provides certain advantages, Internet access being one of them.
On previous trips to this hotel there two options for Internet access, WiFi and wired. I’d normally used the wired connection and brought a mini router with me to share it out to my other devices.
This time, the wired connection was gone and WiFi was all that was left.
The WiFi signal was strong but was limited to two devices, which was a little annoying, but not a show stopper.
The real problem was whatever proxy they had set up was messing with the HTTP headers and half the sites I’d visited seemed to think I was running IE on XP and warning me to upgrade.
A quick test by connecting to my VPN at home proved this out as browsing was fine after that.
One day we won’t have to deal with that kind of crappy access, but it seems a long way off every time I take a trip.
The Rental Car
I picked up a rental car and decided to upgrade to a Dodge Challenger. The looks of the car are amazing but sitting in it really felt tight, almost claustrophobic. I’m not a tall person and I hit my head several times getting in and out of it.
And visibility out of it was atrocious.
If really shows how a design can look great but not be particularly user-friendly.