Month: October 2010

The Ethics of Using Airport Outlets

This post today on the NY Times caught my eye – The Ethics of Using Airport Outlets. With all of our electronic devices (and the fact that many of them can’t hold a charge for a couple of hours), the use of outlets at coffee shops, conferences, and airports is becoming more and more of a question.

I do think that we do need to be more courteous of those around us. If our device has a full charge that will last us awhile, let someone else use the outlet.

However, there were a couple of things that the author said that I disagree with:

With outlets in such short supply, I’d like to see use limits, say 15 to 20 minutes, become the accepted unspoken norm.

While a 15 minute charge might give my blackberry enough juice to last a couple of hours, my laptop would laugh at that short amount of time … especially if I was using it at the same time as I was charging it.

Or, at the least, I’d like to see people only use the outlets for quick charging or for work they have to get done and not just to watch a movie.

Why should working take precedence over someone spending time to watch a movie? It is an airport. I know the concept is foreign to most business travelers, but many people do go to airports to take trips for something other than business. And, maybe she was travelling for business but deciding to take some down time and enjoy herself a little bit.

Top 5 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Blogworld

A week from today, I will be in Vegas for the start of BlogWorld Expo. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve been looking forward to BlogWorld for the past 8 months or so. It’s not too late to register. And, you can register and save 15% on Thursday, Weekend or Full Access Passes.

  1. Getting to meet some fantastic folks in person. Super excited to meet @johnhaydon. And, it looks like I’m going to get to meet a couple of people from Care2 that work in other offices.
  2. Great content! A large part of my job now involves blogging, and I’m looking forward to BlogWorld to learn as much as I can.
  3. I get to see two good friends of mine – Camille and Travis – who live in Vegas. They won’t be attending BlogWorld, but we’ll be meeting up for dinner.
  4. The drive from Bay Area to Vegas. Driving is really the one time where I don’t multi-task and take the time to think about things. Looking forward to the drive and the thinking time.
  5. Getting away from my apartment and looking at boxes. I was able to get a BlogWorld room at the Mandalay Bay.

Are you coming to BlogWorld? It’s not to late to buy a ticket. (And, if you’re in the Bay Area and interested in road tripping, let me know.)

This post contains affiliate links for BlogWorld. People registering through this link will give me a small commission (and help pay for part of my trip).