Twofish's Blog

October 16, 2006

Back from NYC and Boston

Filed under: austin, china, quantitative finance — twofish @ 3:02 pm

I have about fifty pages of notes which I’ll begin to transcribe over the next two or three weeks.  What I’d like to do is to scan them into a file and then add a lot of commentary to them.  Overall, I learned a huge amount during the trip, everything from the intricacies of the Swiss mortgage market to the use of warrants in Shanghai.  The trip has given me enough stuff to follow up on for the next three months.

One thing that I did find is how Austin is has a somewhat quicker adoption rate than NYC when it comes to new technology.  In NYC I had difficulty finding a free indoor Wifi spot, whereas in NYC free wifi is everywhere.  When I did find wifi (like in the public parks), getting a wall outlet was difficult, and it occurred to me that indoor businesses in NYC seem to restrict the outlets which might be because NYC is crowded and they don’t want you to stay there forever.  Also, in Austin you can’t go ten feet before you trip over someone who can set up wifi for you, whereas in NYC that didn’t seem to be the case.

Also, I do think that I can be useful if I blog more conferences, and I’ve been thinking about how to do that more effectively.  Right now, I’m using a paper notebook, but it would seem like it would be more effective if I used a Nokia 770.


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