> I should be in the air now; flight delayed back to NJ for an hour-ish.....
> Anyway, the conference -- annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology -- was very enjoyable this year. It was much better than the last time I went (two years ago in D.C.) because this time I wasn't an outsider aqnd therefore felt liked I belonged; I was able to enjoy it more and get more out of it. Some very famous historians of computing approached me after my lecture (yesterday morning) with positive comments. My lecture was 25 minutes on "the history of portable computing from 1953-19789"; it was one of four in a panel. Alex (of RCA, as we discussed here on our list recently) told the whole audience during the Q&A portion, "This was the best panel I ever heard" .... wow ... That was a very humbling moment for me! So I'm feeling good despite the flight delay. :)
> Another nice aspect of the conference: in D.C. two years ago, I lectured on how all these "real" historians need to expand their horizons beyond just mainframes and start considers more recent topics. This week, I was pleased to see lectures on DEC, hobbyists, and the IBM PC -- the latter with extra credibility as it was by the chairman of the conference's computing SIG.
I forgot to mention another highlight -- dinner with Dan R. on Saturday
night. Local sports bar.