Ciao Italy

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Dateline Florence, Italy.

Today wrapped up our final day in Italy. We depart first thing tommorrow morning via high speed train into Rome, which should take about an hour and a half.

I slept in today, got up just after noon, had an awesome sandwich at the local cafe (although I belive they call them bars).

Did a little bit of writing, and then walked around. It started raining shortly after I left the Internet Cafe. I headed back and mostly sat around and watched the European Games on TV and some CNN International. Florence really isn’t any fun in the rain.

Tomorrow we leave at 7:10am for the train. We’ll arrive in Rome and then make our way to Agnone where my great-grandfather (my mothers, mothers, father) is from.

We leave Monday for Switzerland where we’ll see Remo and Günter.

I leave late Wednesday or early Thursday for Germany so that I can fly out of Frankfurt Airport to Denver via Dulles.


Technology on the Go

Dateline Florence, Italy.

Most people were surprised that I wasn’t taking my computer with me, but the reality of the situation is that I don’t really need my tablet to check email, update my blog, check my RSS feeds, or chat online.

What I took with me:

Firefox Portable extracts straight to the thumbdrive.

You can install Skype straight to the thumbdrive too (or just copy Skype.exe from your existing installation), however you will also need to create a BAT file to make sure it loads your profile. On my thumbdrive, I have a folder called Phone with Skype.exe inside. I also have a BAT file called skype.BAT. In skype.BAT, copy and paste this code:

skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable

Then create a new directory in Phone called Data. Skype will now use that location to store your profile. This is very important when you start using computers in places like Italy where the computer language is set to Italian.

PuTTY is an open source SSH client I use to connect to various computer systems, such as my site.

Flickr Uploadr is what I use to upload my wonderful pictures. The downside of Flickr Uploadr is that I have to authorize on every computer I use it on. This is not that big of a deal as I just deauthorize when I’m done. But it does beat using the web interface every time.

There are also a number of websites I use:

Easy. Simple. Free.