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Filed under: Conference,Python — Thomas @ 11:02 pm

11:02 pm

Europython is turning out to be quite interesting. It takes some effort to start talking to people given that I know relatively few here, but I’m learning lots of new stuff. But I’ll save more for some other post.

Right now I want to focus on the more amusing combination of Linux and hotels. So here’s the thing. The guys from Tuxdroid are here, selling their little Tux robots. For those who don’t know, this is a small robot with text-to-speech that can flap its wings, make its eyes glow blue, and run around, as well as serve as speaker. I’m sure there’s other stuff I’m missing. They’re selling these babies for 79 euros, and the company is Belgian. They have a bunch of code available to program the thing (radio-controlled with a USB dongle), and it has a bunch of stuff in python. So far, so cool.

So here’s the thing. I plug Tux into the power socket to charge him. When you start charging it, it says “Hello” and flaps its wings. In the hotel room, when I leave the room, I have to take the card out of that socket that controls whether there is power at all in the room (which is annoying in hotel rooms, because it means you can’t leave your laptop charging while you are away.)

So, what happens when I come back to the room at night, get in, and put the card in the socket ?

A little bird flapping its wings and shouting “Hello” because it’s getting fresh power juice. Too cute.

I’m wondering how I’m going to lug this thing around in my backpack for the next set of flights…

1 Comment »

  1. Have you ever thought of asking for two keys? I’ve stayed in several of those kinds of hotels and every time I ask for a second key. Then I can charge my phone, laptop and possibly batteries I bring too.



    Comment by Clint Savage — 2007-7-11 @ 12:13 am

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