US2010: 3 weeks in the United States

Image Credit: Wikipedia If you notice the posts on techAU over the next 3 weeks are a little light on, rest assured there is a good reason for it....

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If you notice the posts on techAU over the next 3 weeks are a little light on, rest assured there is a good reason for it. After 6 months of planning and preparation, I leave tomorrow on what is set to be a fantastic holiday to the United States. It’s the first time out of the country, so there’s sure to be a lot that’s new.

Many people have asked, why the choice of the US ? I could have gone anywhere in the world, but I chose the US for one great reason. Technology.

The United States have some of the smartest people on the planet, who create some of the best products and services available. Products and Services that I use every single day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Australia and the innovative work we do here, but internationally, those creations happen on an entirely different scale.

The trip begins with a few days in Los Angeles, then on to San Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park and finishing with about a week in San Francisco. You may also recognise this as a Contiki Tour called ‘LA to the Bay’. I’m surprised that Contiki don’t have a location-aware iPhone application given their site allows for photo uploads from the trip, it’d make sense they make the process as easy as possible.

As it turns out the day I arrive in the US, is iPad launch day. I’ve pre-ordered a 16GB Wi-Fi model with plans to entertain myself during some long bus rides between locations, as well as the 14+ hour flight home. As long as I get there before 3pm, you can be sure I’ll be trying out the iPad WordPress application to bring you my hands-on review. One of a very small number of Australian’s to do so.

One of the events I’m looking forward to the most is a visit to the TWiT Cottage. I’m booked in for the recording of TWiT, mid-April. I’ve been listening and watching @LeoLaporte’s podcasts for years and am excited to see them recorded live.

So that’s it, I’m off on an adventure, I’ll do my best to get you news where I can, but it’s going to be spotty as connections vary. Your best option is to subscribe to the RSS feed to make sure you don’t miss anything.

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Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis.
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