Unfortunately, the fair is timed squarely with the first week of classes at my university following the winter holiday. That's the only foreseeable downside to this experience. On the plus side, the first week of a term hardly ever consists of anything important so I shouldn't be shooting myself in the foot just yet.
Since it was released to the world just about this time one year ago at CES 2011 and therefore is quite timely, I think it's time to show off a new toy I picked up the other day....
Problem was: I didn't yet have an Atrix to use. That problem has since been solved. I managed to find a water-damaged Atrix which had a burnt-out backlight but was otherwise in perfect condition, snapped it up a bit below the bargain asking price (never hurts to bargain!), and unlocked it, just-in-case. I have yet to root, overclock or install a custom ROM onto the phone because all I wanted was the webtop environment, and that works just fine.
You might be asking yourself now: why am I talking about the same post that I mentioned my CES 2012 excitement? Because this is going to be my computing device for the trip. As a self-proclaimed "phone person" I see it only fitting that I should make the entire trip without a true computer, relying instead entirely on the capabilities of today's modern smartphones. My computer can do twice as much, this is true, but I don't need that type of computing power for this type of a trip. Portability has always been a keen interest of mine, and now that I have the capability to make this trip as light as possible I'm going to utilize it.
CES 2012. This is going to be great.