2010 is the year of the tablet it would seem.Â At CiscoLive! this week, Cisco introduced the Cius, a hand-held tablet that runs on Google’s Android platform.Â Cisco is calling this a “business” tablet to differentiate it from the iPad by categorizing it and all other tablets on the market as “consumer” products.Â
In my last post, I talked about my wireless provider in Thailand, AIS.Â AIS has a very good blanket of 2G Edge across the country…and even over the boarder into Burma, Laos and Cambodia from my experience.Â I’ve used the data plan for checking email and light browsing.Â I also have used it to upload photos to Flickr, Twitter posts, Facebook posts and a few other “light use” apps.Â So far it’s been decent for this type of work but I wouldn’t want to do much more than this.
While in Thailand, I’m using my iPhone on Advanced Info Service’s (AIS) mobile network.Â They are by far the largest mobile carrier in Thailand.Â They do have one competitor called True which actually has an edge over AIS in the fact that they have a much larger 3G presence than AIS at the moment…in fact, I think that AIS only uses their 3G for data services using USB cards.Â Either way, 3G doesn’t matter for me. I did plenty of research before coming to Thailand and found that the parts of Thailand I will be spending most of my time have very limited to no 3G access.Â That is why I’ve been hanging on to my trusty 2G iPhone for so long.Â After Jailbreaking my phone, I am using the AIS 12Call prepaid plan.
I have to make frequent visits from where I’m currently living in Northern Thailand to Bangkok. The bus is the best option for me. Unfortunately, it’s a 10 hour one-way trip. That means I have to keep my self entertained. But with today’s technology, it’s easy to do. For example, the Oishi green tea juice box I was given by the bus service contained a QR code.
On the box it was referred to as an “AR Technology” Code. I took AR as being “Augmented Reality”. That’s a bit misleading but maybe that’s what the company that Oishi uses refers to QR as. By the way, QR is short for “Quick Response”.
This week is the start of Cisco’s largest IT and communications conference called CiscoLive!. This used to be known as Cisco Networkers but the name changed a few years back. The conference is where network engineers from all over the world gather in Las Vegas Nevada(this year) to receive training from Cisco as well as to talk to other engineers about news, trends and technology.Â If you’ve never attended, it truly is an experience.Â This year, Cisco is touting the “virtual” experience.Â My vote is to always go in person.Â After all, it is VEGAS!Â One bonus this year is that you get to experience the excitement that is the 2010 World Cup in any of the dozens of sports books within walking distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center.Â I remember placing a few wagers back in 2006 myself.Â Remember, you can’t be a network geek 100% of the time…can you?!