Only in Las Vegas in July!!!! Only in USA!!!! Happy 4th of July!!!
Las Vegas is hot!!! Here are some picture of my brief walk around.
Today was another interesting day at CTIA. The morning started off pretty late. I was still recovering from last night. So my first even was the mobile health seminar. This was pretty slow but they had some interesting ideas and concepts. I met my friend Xavier for lunch we went to the LV Hilton’s Buffet. I have to say, their buffet have really gone down hill. It was a pretty awful lunch buffet. After lunch, I discovered many interesting exhibits as well as few interesting spots inside LV Hilton. Just check out the pictures below.
The first picture was taken right after lunch in the men’s restroom in Las Vegas Hilton. It’s pretty fun trying to use the restroom and looking up seeing those pictures.
After returning to the exhibition floor, I ran across one of motorola’s future computer idea called Golden Eye!!! It is a computer based on Windows CE with voice command and also pan tilt zoom of the images in the display with a built in accelerometer. It is a pretty cool interface. I had the fortune of testing it out, there are still bugs, but it is working pretty well. I can see a future in this device.
I also ran across the Nokia’s PUSH winners. (http://blogs.nokia.com/pushn900/usa/) What is PUSH? PUSH is a competition sponsored by Nokia to use the Nokia N900 ( $500+ device) to create something. Nokia provides a complete SDK for free and also you can program in python. The winner for this year was a bike computer. The guy that created this built an interface and circuits for a wheel sensor for a bike. It is pretty cool. The N900 will also turn on the bike light when it gets dark. All this was written in Python and Qt Scripts.
The second prize was the N900Niko. It is a twitter commanded N900 robot. It is pretty cool. All the intelligence is in the N900. The N900 controls the Mindstrom NXT via bluetooth. Everything was once again written in Python. You can check out his project site here. The robot also has a twitter account!!!
Niko took couple pictures of me too!!!
Finally, I was fortunate to get a full blown demo of LTE by Alcatel. I also see a similar demo yesterday with HuaWei. However, the Alcatel gave us a much better presentation. I think we will start to see LTE in 2011 and let me tell you, it is FAST!!!!!
Tomorrow, I am returning home to Seattle. Thanks CTIA for a wonderful show!!!
Well, it is day 2 of CTIA in Las Vegas, let me recap my experiences from yesterday. The day started with meeting up with Xavier for breakfast. We had a simple breakfast at MacD’s, but I have to say this McDonald has the look and feel of a coffee shop. It was really interesting. We then walked to the convention center to get my ID and head toward the Keynote.
As we were headed toward the keynote, we ran into couple of Google Androids.
The keynote was ok, a little dry, but you get to learn a bit about the common trend
After the keynote we attending the series of classes on backhaul technology for the future wireless systems. I’ve learned alot and picked up a few new topics to research. (e.g. IEEE 1588 , carrier ethernet, vendor such as Dragonwave)
After we enjoyed our free lunch and can’t listen to any more seminars, we headed down to the show floor.
It’s pretty exciting to see all the different vendors, however, it was not what I expected. I was expecting alot more.. but it was very very few consumer high lights that I’ve found.
Few notes, Nokia was trying to push for their email service, which was lame. Why would I get email from nokia? But what was cool was nokia’s bluetooth headphones!!! no no not the one ear kind, the bluetooth stereo headphones!!!
The supersonic is the first “4G” aka WiMax phone out there. It is spec’ed with a pretty high megapixel camera and it also has a front camera too… so video conferencing on the go? Neat!
After the show, we met up with some contractor friends for a show and dinner. Thanks Ryan and Sam!!! Yes, Zumanity was shocking and amazing. When Ryan said, yeah meet us at New York New York for a Cirque du Soleil show called Zumanity, I thought oh ok… that should be fun. I’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show and I thought this one was the same PG rated show that you can see in Seattle. Oh… was I in shocked!!! It was a good show!!!
After dinner and show I walked 3 miles back to my hotel and called it a night. Fun huh…
Good Morning, Today is CTIA day one. It is pretty exciting. I am staying at a pretty nice hotel in Vegas. Even though it doesn’t have a casino in the hotel, which is a bit strange for vegas, but it is a suite, with a living room kitchen and even a hot tub. All that room for myself. So getting ready now, then breakfast and then head over to the keynote speaker presentation.
Weekends just seems shorter and shorter!!! So what happened this weekend. Let’s think back…
Friday night I went to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D IMAX. Oh it was so cool, the movie was not so bad either. But I have to say the $31 dollar ticket price for 2 was a bit expensive. All I have to say is I can’t wait until Tron Legacy!!!
Saturday was an all day house hunting, I saw so many houses and townhomes, I even saw couple of town houses on Eastlake, but ultimately, I decided that, beside the view, there is really no benefit for me to be in eastlake. Mapleleaf is still the best area for me. I also decided to make an offer on a house near N 100th Street.
Sunday was another house hunting day. I went to take a look at the house across the street from me. They lowered the price by 20k. Tempting, but they are right next to a cell tower, which get my folks worried. I also looked at couple other houses, finally, I went back to the house I was going to make an offer on to take a look. The second tour was good and the house was very acceptable, I told the realtor that I am ready for an offer, he called to check on the status, and some one have already beat me to it with a full offer. Oh well… the search continues.
There are good houses around, but at the price range that I am looking for, and with the 8k from the government, they go pretty quick.
So tonight I will be heading over to Las Vegas for CTIA 2010. More to come about that tomorrow.
This week just flew right by. I can’t believe it is Friday already. I still have so much stuff to do. This week is pretty interesting. I looked at many houses. Some are very tempting because of the prices, some are very tempting because of the location, but I just have to found that house that I must have yet. I wonder is it because I am valuing price too much? We will see … I will need to make a decision soon. So… next week will be a super exciting week. I will be in Las Vegas for first part of the week for CTIA. For those of you that don’t know what CTIA is, it is the biggest Cellular Conference in the world. Hopefully I will get a chance to learn some new things and maybe check out some new technology. The second part of next week, I may be going to NYC for the first time for a kick off meeting on Friday. This should be pretty interesting. So I will keep everyone updated.
Well, Happy Friday… oh and enjoy the beautiful weather!!!
Well…. This week I am in Las Vegas for IWCE. It’s a good conference for the field I am in. However, this time out… it is not as fun as the previous years? Why? well… because I actually have to work. I still have lots of conference calls, I am staying at a place next to the convention center, the Embassy Suites. It is pretty cool place, however, no casino and it is not on the strip.
So.. I guess for fun… you just have to comeback for a for fun trip only
I just got back from the Penn and Teller show. It was pretty good, even though I have seen some of the act from the old 1994’s The Unpleasant world of Penn and Teller, but it is still good to see it live. One thing that I was kind of stupid about was I lift my camera at home. Penn and Teller actually let fans take pictures with them after the show. However, tonight is one of the only time that I did not have my camera with me. Actually the entire trip I did not take any pictures. Why… well… it just reminded me too much of my last time here in Las Vegas and I feel sad.
Anyway… I did get Penn’s autograph :D. The act was pretty cool….
Once again, I am sitting in the Airport typing away at my blog. Oh before I forget, Happy Mothers day!!! Anyway… this time I am in the Birmingham Airport. Originally, I was going to fly from here to Houston and from Houston to Seattle, but that flight to Houston got cancelled so I am flying to Cincinnati, OH instead and fly from there to Seattle. I get delayed about 1 hour. So that’s ok. And tomorrow starts an interesting week. Tomorrow morning I head from Seattle to Las Vegas and I spend 3 days in Las Vegas for the International Wireless Communications Expo. Now that should be fun. One of these nights, I think I want to go see Penn and Teller.
Anyway… these couple of days in Auburn has been fun. Of course it always been fun. I got a chance to see alot of my friends. I got to see my buddy Trung and Julie and their 3 kids and one to come. They have such a blessed family. I also got to see my buddy Sergeon and Shi with their baby girl Misha. It was Misha’s birthday on Saturday. Misha is one year old now… wow… I can’t believe how fast time passes. I also saw my friend Eric Au and his wife and his kid. One special surprise was I got a chance to see Lan Shang Bing… he is on his Honeymoon and decided to take his wife to Auburn for a visit. Amazing I can’t believe that he has been away for almost 6 years. This past weekend, I also got to check out the remodeled house. My father did a wonderful job remodelling the old house. It looked sooo good. If I were in Auburn, I would love to live there. It is only $145,000. Any offers??
Of course family… I got to spend a short amount of time with my family. My sister came home yesterday and we had a big party. Partys at my family’s house is always the best!!!
But it is time to go home… and tomorrow I am flying to Vegas and get ready to take notes and lots of work on the road. But it should still be fine.
Oh… and one more thing… I got an A for my Cryto class!!! oh my gosh!! an A… but that is another story for another day ;D
I will be leaving BHM soon and I will be back in SEA around 10:25pm…. maybe sooner if the pilot speeds… ha ha ha.. zoom zoom
Woo hoo… It is all done… I am done with finals and I am done with this semister of school. Don’t ask me how I did… because I still have few day of enjoyment before I find out how badly I did on my exam. I really think I have a love hate relationship with my 533 cryptography class. In one hand, I enjoy it because it is challenging and I am learning new ideas and polishing up old concepts. I actually used some Calculus on my final!!! Wow Calculus!!!… I haven’t used any calculus since college. Anyway, I enjoy the challenge and the concept, but the subject is really hard and the part I don’t like is the lack of help from school. But that’s ok… it is all over now… so move on to bigger and better things.
So what is next you say???
Well… I am going home for Mother’s day. That is this week.
Next week, I am going to Las Vegas for the IWCE conference. I will be there until thursday.
Focus…. the goal is to get my CCNP by the end of Summer!!!
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