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Mac Expo pictures

As promised (in the previous entry), here are the pictures from the 2005 Mac Expo. I didn’t take a huge number and some of them turned out a little blurred. I guess I needed that digital camera magazine subscription afterall!

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Walking in New Orleans

We walked from the hotel down the river to the French Quarter in search of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville which is a restaurant that had been recommended to us. It also gave us a chance to see some of the other sights of the French Quarter. We saw the French Market, the Hard Rock Cafe and Jackson Square.
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This is the view into Jackson Square over the railings, looking away from the river.

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Harrahs – New Orleans

Last time we went to America, we visited Harrah’s in Shreveport, LA and there were people wandering round with huge cups full of coins from the machines. This was just a year and a bit ago. Harrah’s in New Orleans had similar machines but instead of dealing with coins, they accept $5 bills or greater and spit out a small barcoded ticket with the amount of your winnings (or remaining credit) on it. The ticket can then be redeemed at one of the machines around the edge of the room.

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Going to New Orleans

Texarkana to New Orleans is roughly a 420 mile journey which should take (according to mapquest.com) 7 and a half hours.
Lori and I left the kids with her family and did the journey on our own. Although quite a lot of the tourist attractions in New Orleans are the kind of thing that they’d like, the journey there is a bit much by car and hotel accommodation for all of us would have been quite expensive.

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Weather in Texas

Mention “weather” and “Texas” in the same sentence and everyone seems to imagine hot scorching sun, not a cloud in the sky and high humidity, but it’s not at all like that. It’s more like the weather in the UK – when it’s cold and wet, it’s cold and wet, but when it’s sunny it’s really sunny. The only difference is that when it’s sunny it’s about twice the temperature of the UK and there are a lot more sunny days than cold and wet.

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Immigration and the rental car

We landed about 30m early but this time saving was soon swalled up by the immigration process that I’m sure took significantly longer than the last time we were here. I guess it’s partly to do with the US-VISIT process. This basically involves digitally taking fingerprints of both index fingers and a digital photo for all incoming non-US citizens.

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It’s rather cold out there

Woke up on Wednesday morning to this…
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Not a huge amount of snow, but certainly enough to turn everything white. There was also a fair bit of ice around – saw several cars and a van slide around the road a bit whilst on my way to drop Harry at school.

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Firewire drive enclosures again

Went back to Maplin Electronics yesterday and got an Mapower enclosure. It’s new so isn’t in the catalogue yet but it has an Oxford 911 chipset for the firewire side of things. It works with the mac just fine and even lets you boot from it using Alt to select a boot disk.

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Apple Store, Regent Street, Grand Opening

We went off down to London on Saturday to see the grand opening of the new Apple Store on Regent Street. Unfortunately some people had been queuing for a day or two like this person (check their entries for November 19th-20th 2004).
The queue was absolutely huge by 10am so we decided to skip waiting in line and go visit the MacExpo 2004 instead where we met up with Mike.

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Snow!

It’s only the 18th of November (or was a couple of hours ago when I took the picture) but we’ve got snow already. Not just a light sprinkling of some powdery stuff, but lots of real huge wet flakes. This is a picture of the top of our fiesta after just a couple of hours. There would have been more but the car had been driven recently and was still warm enough to melt some of the snow.
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