Since it’s the first day of 2011, I decided to look at my calendar for the past year. I was surprised with just how much I traveled in 2010. I spent a total of 58 days on the road. That’s almost 2 full months away from home.
Here’s the breakdown:
January: Sonoma for 3 days
February: Carmel for 3 days
March: Austin for 6 days
April: Tokyo, Japan for 8 days — Nagano, Japan for 2 days — Nara, Japan for 1 day — Osaka, Japan for 2 days — Kyoto, Japan for 3 days
May: New York City for 10 days
June: Tahoe for 3 days
August: Tahoe for 3 days
December: Paris, France for 12 days — Las Vegas for 2 days
That’s definitely the most I’ve ever traveled in a year — and it’s nothing compared to a lot of people I know. I’m torn as to whether I’d like to travel more or less in 2011, but I have a feeling it will be the latter.
Those 58 days included 28 days in two countries I had never been to: Japan and France. I’m hoping to add at least one more new country in 2011.
End of the year. List your favorite tech products. You know the drill.
I’ll restrict it to products and services that either just came out this year (or came into widespread usage this year).
1) The iPad
Maybe the best v1 product Apple has ever made? Maybe the best v1 product anyone has ever made? There was so much hype leading up to the launch that it seemed impossible that it would live up to the hype. But, remarkably, the iPad blew past it.
It’s crazy to think that Apple will improve it greatly with v2, but you know they will. It has already changed the face of personal computing.
2) 2010 MacBook Air
I almost feel as if Apple underplayed the importance of this product. It seems as if nearly everyone I know now has one or is thinking about getting one. And many of those people are replacing their MacBook Pros with it. That’s exactly what I did.
I think when the holiday sales figures come out, this will be a surprise massive hit for Apple. And I suspect the MacBook proper will go away in favor of the MBA. And the MBP will undoubtedly lift some of its features (flash memory) as well. It will have to. The MBP feels like carrying around a ton of bricks for no reason now.