With that one month til departure clock ticking, I am thinking about the gear I will (and won’t) pack for my trip. And it got me thinking to what has changed since my trip to Australia in 2000 – so some flashbacks. I am also looking for some info about public internet access and mobile phone rentals, so if you are in the know, drop me a comment.
Camera Then: Olympus DL450, 2MP 1280×960 images, 32 MB Smartmedia card could hold 72 pictures
Camera Now: Canon Powershot SD800 IS, 7.1 MP 3072×2304 images, 2 Gb SD card holds about 800 pictures
Mobile Phones Then: I was able to rent for 2 months a basic phone that was capable of… making phone calls. People I visited were regularly doing SMS with family traveling in Europe, elsewhere. Text messaging was unheard of at home
Mobile Phones Now: Looking for recommendations for a short term rental so I can be reached while on the zig zag road around Australia. Pretty much need phone only, and no, I do not have an iPhone to bring.
Networking Then: Hard to impossible to connect to campus networks, arranged a 2 month contract with BigPond for 56 kbps dialup that was more likely 28 kbps speed.
Networking Now: Not yet sure. I have heard that internet in hotels is outrageously priced and poor service. How are my options for finding public or low fee net connections? Are there rental services I can get got a high speed access via cell phone networks?