Monday, 7 September 2009
"The Amazing Race 15" starts Sunday, 27 September 2009
The next season of The Amazing Race , the reality TV show about travel around the world, premieres in the USA with a 2-hour episode of The Amazing Race 15 on CBS-TV on Sunday evening, 27 September 2009 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT, 7-9 p.m. CT/MT).
As I've been doing since the start of the first season on 5 September 2001, I'll have weekly commentary on the lessons real-world travellers can learn from the race here in my blog, and in my e-mail newsletter. (See the box in the upper right corner of the Web page to subscribe.)
If you aren't in the USA, or you miss an episode for some reason, CBS now has streaming video of the full episodes on their Web site -- and in a format that doesn't require MSIE or Windows, and works in Opera or Firefox under Linux on my Asus EEE-PC netbook.
While I'm on the subject of netbooks (the subject of a longer feature article I've been working on for ages): Both Dell (who never really understood the market for netbooks for travellers anyway) and Asus have recently discontinued their smallest, lightest, and sturdiest netbooks -- the ones that were best for hard-core travellers -- in favor of larger, heavier, more fragile models less suited for travellers. If you've been thinking about getting a netbook for your next trip, Pricewatch.com currently has listings from closeout and surplus dealers for what's probably the tail end (at least in the USA) of refurbished 7" and 9"-screen EEE-PC's for as little as US$120 plus taxes and shipping. The cases for the 7" and 9" models are essentially the same size, so if your budget extends to US$200, I highly recommend the EEE-PC model 901, the most powerful of its size and the model I paid full price for a few months back (after using my travelling companion's 7" EEE-PC 8G for the previous year). The models on sale now will probably come with Windows, but if you feel up to it I strongly recommend switching to Asus' Xandros Linux distribution. You can get a tech-savvy friend to install it for you if you aren't sure how to do it yourself. Once it's installed it's no more difficult to use than Windows, probably easier for basic tasks, and much more reliable. The vast majority of cybercafé computers have Windows viruses that infect flash drives, and promiscuous exchange of flash devices (USB drives or digital camera memory cards) in cybercafés -- a necessity for most world travellers, at least at times -- is almost certain to give a Windows netbook or laptop a hard-to-remove assortment of viral infections. Next year's netbooks will undoubtedly be cheaper and more powerful, but they may not be as small -- you still pay a heavy price premium for computers smaller than a standard netbook.Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 7 September 2009, 11:48 (11:48 AM)