2012 MPSA Conference in Chicago Day 1 Notes – Hello Chicago!

The ASUS Eee PC netbook that I won through an online auction arrived in time for my trip to Chicago. The only damage to the unit appears to be near the keyboard. It looks like somebody wanted to service the hard drive or RAM and tried to pry open the unit. With a little bit of maintenance I will probably be able to restore the unit to the pinnacle of its original esthetic glory.

The installation of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview operating system took about thirty minutes. I’m giving open office a try instead of Microsoft Word. My Sprint Hotspot is working well in 3G mode at the airport in Colorado Springs. The only problem I have run into so far with the Eee PC has been the sensitivity of the mouse. The smaller keyboard makes it very easy to rest part of my palm on the mouse pad. I’m starting to adjust to this inconvenience, but I think it might take a couple of days. Windows 8 is estimating that my batter life should be about 7 hours. I should be able to take plenty of notes during the conference.

I have been getting a ton of recommendations for places to visit in Chicago. Here is what I have so far:

Based on a recommendation that I received at work, I plan on checking out a restaurant in Chicago called Gino’s East. Allegedly, Gino’s makes a world renowned spinach deep dish pizza. If the pizza passes the test, then I might just send a pie back to Colorado Springs.

  • Andy and I are going to visit Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.

  • Pretty much everybody recommends waking up early on a Saturday morning and hitting up Hot Doug’s before the line gets ridiculously long.

  • I’m probably going to check out Carson’s Famous Barbeque Ribs.