This is post for any and all of you headed for mission trips this summer. No matter how much homework you do, emailing individuals who’ve been there and done that, read the web pages at hotels, hostels and cities of commerce websites, no matter how well laid your plans … will often go awry.
Tonight is an excellent example. The brochureware for the hotel we’re visiting lead me to believe they have a full-fledged business center. Technically, it is a business center, but it’s better suited for meetings than networking.
Here I sit hacking away on an NT-based Pentium III with a monitor that has seen better days. This is accompanied with a 56kb modem that’s hooking into a phone line that’s 32kb at best. That’s when the connection doesn’t drop (no matter how much we futz w/the options).
So I’m unable to download my copious pictures from my day’s journey. Fortunately, we have with us a college student with a very nice DELL laptop who’s agreed to allow me to offload my images onto him machine until we can transfer them at an Internet Cafe.
So if I had it to do over again, a laptop or perhaps a plug-n-play USB CD Burner. I’m leaning towards the later. This is because we’ve been able to find computers, but we haven’t been able to FTP at will. We’ve also run into other members of the team who grossly under estimated how many memory cartridges they’d need for their digital camera if they weren’t going to FTP. A small USB burninator would have done the trick. Hmmm … wonder what’s stopping me from getting one here? Probably the fact that a burninator requires burnination software.
Hey, why hasn’t anyone firmwared a simple embedded Linux-based portable picture cache/burninator. We could call it the Trogdor 2004.
I think I would have also burninated a CD with the ‘GNU utilities for Win32.’ These tools would have given me instant access to wget to suck down content, tar and gzip to compress and package images. A few other tools as well, but mostly tar, gzip and wget. This, inspired by the fact that it took almost an hour to ftp 500 images yesterday.
If nothing else, we need to find some blank CDs so we can buninate our photos off our friend’s laptop. Maybe at that time, I’ll see what I can do to get some of them cool command line utils on a CD so I can keep’on blogging from Jordan.
Going on a mission trip? Add the above to your packing list. Gone on a mission trip? Let me know what else you might suggest.