Posted by: pjakubo86 | May 4, 2007

CeBIT Australia and other recent happenings


So I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at CeBIT Australia, which is a technology conference aimed at enterprises.  Unfortunately, that meant not a lot of cool gadgets or software to look at, but it was certainly interesting.  Here are a few highlights:
The floor – this place was big!

These things located Wi-Fi by bending their ears.  Kinda neat.  Also very Asian.

The Google booth, it wasn’t clear why they were there.  But they had a “genius bar” style setup.

A cool tablet from Wacom.  They make monitors with built-in active digitizers.  Very cool.

OK, I don’t think marketing like this is going to “succeed” in Australia.

This company called Skinz had a hottub with girls in it.  Good idea.  They make condoms for mobile phones so they don’t get wet.  Whatever.  Hottub.

This anti-virus company was giving away their “Anti-pregnancy and Prophylactic” edition for free.

Overall, CeBIT was pretty cool.  I wish I had won something though. Oh well.

Rest of the week

I just got back from watching Spiderman 3 at the IMAX theatre.  The theatre was definitely more impressive than the movie.  I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, but I’d probably only give it 1.5 stars out of 4.  Meh.

I also went to the casino in town where I lost $30 (the maximum I was willing to lose) and was satisfied with that.  Most of the games were too expensive for me anyway – blackjack hands were $15 minimum.  Texas Mitch made me feel much better about my losings (sorry buddy).

I also played IM soccer with the guys today.  We tied, which was a disappointement because we definitely could have won.  Maybe if I didn’t suck, we’d be better off ;-).  Oh well.  The game of “60 seconds” beforehand was worth it.  Gotta love British people and their funny games with balls.

I’ve got a paper due at the beginning of next week which explains my research for my short 3 minute debate on Monday for ASTR2601.  Shouldn’t be too bad (only 1000 words) but I really need to do well on it because my role in the debate team was to interpret the question and it didn’t show off much of my research.  I’ll try to do that tomorrow.

Also, I’ve been working on this Windows Vista Sidebar gadget for Jaiku, which is a web service that allows you to post your current “presence,” i.e. what you are doing at the moment as well as follow your friends’ presence.  It’s pretty neat.  You can check out my sidebar gadget if you’ve got Windows Vista.



  1. I like the lil Wi-Fi bunny things… they are cute!

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