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airplane_plane_117545It’s been pretty quiet here on jkOnTheRun the past few days due to a whirlwind schedule of traveling and meetings for both Kevin and I.  We left Vegas after 6 days of CES coverage on Monday of this week and on Wednesday we both headed out to San Francisco for a meeting with the GigaOM team.

I love San Francisco and always enjoy visiting but this trip is a very fast-paced short one with a full schedule.  We had an all day meeting at the GigaOM headquarters yesterday that saw us leave the hotel at 7:30 am and not returning until 10:30 last night.

Both Kevin and I brought our MacBooks which we used to give two presentations to the group.  The MacBook worked well for giving the presentations since we had access to that special VGA adapter to hook it up to the projector.  Shame on you Apple for not providing that adapter for free.

We created the presentations in Google Docs in keeping with our cloud working philosophy and that worked well to preclude the need to give handouts to attendees.  We just gave them the links to the two presentations in Google Docs and were done with that.

Kevin also brought his MSI Wind and it was nice to see how well Windows 7 runs on the Wind.  I had forgotten how small and compact the Wind is and am impressed anew as I am every time I see it.  On a similar note Windows 7 is running well under Parallels on my MacBook too.

Today will find me working in SF as I head back to Houston tomorrow.  It will be so nice to get some down time at home.  I will post an abbreviated Mobile Tech Manor column later today.  You probably noticed there was not one published last week since I was at the CES all week and not even at MTM but I’ll try to get one done for the past week soon.

7 Responses to “Working in San Francisco”

  1. Regarding installation of Windows 7 beta (32-bit Ultimate), I use VMWare’s fusion instead of Parallels and had no problem putting W7b on my 13″ unibody MacBook.

    For those interested:

    – Create a new virtual machine (my existing machine is Win XP, which the 7 beta will not upgrade, but I wanted a separate machine anyway).
    – In creating the machine I chose Windows Server 2008 as the base. I also chose to perform the install directly from the ISO file downloaded from MS.
    – Did NOT do an Easy Install, but rather supplied the typical install information myself during the process.
    – Installed VMWare Tools.

    The whole process took 45 minutes or less. Everything worked after the install (graphics do not support Aero effects, but I knew that going in). Then I mysteriously lost the sound for a while, and it just as mysteriously reappeared, and has remained ever since. Been running for two days with no problems.

    After the install, don’t forget to download the Windows Live Essentials apps since Win 7 does not include basic email, photo, or chat software on its own.

    By the way, VMWare does not officially support Win 7 beta, so you’re kind of on your own if you do this, but the support groups have a few threads on it.

  2. Jonathan

    Kevin, get too feeling better and good luck getting home. I am a Texanite as well living in Austin. I enjoy jkontherun as I am an electronic junky. (better known as EJ) all the postings on the site are wonderful and check my google reader ever couple of hours or so. I also recently switched to “cloud computing” and have purchased an Acer One. Let me know when you guys are looking to add a third to your team! Best of luck! – J

  3. We had so much fun here with our peers that I missed my plane back to PHL this morning! Actually, I’m feeling quite ill, which is the real reason… even though the rest of the trip WAS fun. Ugh. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to pretend it’s “The Amazing Race” and figure out the quickest way back to my family. :)