After an eventful and educational 4+ days, TechEd has ended and I finally have made it home. I discovered that the finaly Friday of TechEd was very lightly attended. As I was leaving the hotel in the morning on Friday, many of my fellow attendees were headed for the airport instead. The classes on Friday were also very lightly attended. The Thursday night event, a Train concert at Fenway Park, was very cool. Fenway feels like an historic place. I've been to newer ball parks, and they just don't have the sense of history that Fenway does. I suspect that watching a game there would be cool; it feels like you're very close to the field and the players.
I tried to log on in the airport in Boston, unsuccessfully. Even the Starbucks failed me since they used the same network as the rest of the airport, not T-Mobile. I find myself becoming more and more frustrated by lack of Internet connectivity. Getting my email on my Blackberry is a good start, but I want the whole thing. I want to be able to casually browse to pass the time while waiting for an airplane or while sipping coffee at Starbucks. I may end up looking into an EVDO or EDGE cellular card to get me my access. UTMS would be great, but it isn't here yet.
A nice alternative that I'm looking forward to is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device with full PDA functionality and phone. That combo would be hard to beat. The Atom I mentioned below is a very sweet little phone, but I also saw the UBiQUiO from Mobile Planet as well. It's not on the US website yet, but I linked to their UK website for info. It's a bit smaller than the Atom and includes a full numeric keypad as well as the pen functionality I demand. My only drawback at this point is price - it's a fully unlocked phone with no cell carrier subsidizing, so it's spendy. I liked the feel of it, although some people were complaining that it is too thick. I can see where they're coming from, but I'd gladly give it a try.