The Kona meetings are starting half an hour earlier than normal: 08:30 on Monday and 08:00 Tuesday through Saturday; so they were half an hour into the Monday plenary by the time I was all set up and ready to go. That was clearly stated in the agenda, and so it was entirely my own fault for not checking that beforehand. Fortunately, the Monday plenary is mostly administrivia and I didn’t really miss anything. I’ll get with the program for the rest of the week.
As usual, I can’t say anything about the meetings until adjournment on Saturday.
After the meeting on Monday, I went back to my room to get caught up on my non-meeting reading. I have a WiFi hotspot I got from my cell phone provider that I use when traveling so that I don’t have to use any public networks, at least not in the U.S. The hotspot’s battery was running low; and when I looked for its power cord, I couldn’t find it. I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut that, when I get home on the 15th, I’ll find both the hotspot’s power cord and the one for my laptop sitting together in some place “where I won’t miss them on the way out the door.” 😎 The bottom line is that I’ll be stuck with public WiFi networks outside the meetings until I get all the way home; and I’ll be totally offline for the entire trip on Amtrak’s California Zephyr.
The universal power cord that I bought for my laptop seems to be working just fine. Indeed, I stupidly left it plugged in overnight and I haven’t fried the laptop’s power supply yet. Aside from being careful when I insert the power cord into the laptop, I think I can quit worrying about that.
I had a bit of trouble connecting to the hotel’s WiFi. For some reason, I have to use airplane mode instead of WiFi mode, which makes no sense to me, but it’s working.
[When I logged in to the meeting room WiFi to post this, I found that it’s a public network, too. Oh, well…]