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    January 22nd, 2008

    Been away so long I hardly knew the place
    Gee, it’s good to be back home
    Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
    Honey disconnect the phone
    I’m back in the USSR…♫

    Words and music by Lennon-McCartney.

    I have just returned from speaking for the Law Society of Manitoba on Friday Jan. 18, where I not only had the chance to chat with fellow blogger Donna Seale (Human Rights in the Workplace), but also to present with fellow Practice Management Advisor Barney Christianson Q.C. , Robert McCulloch and Martin Gutnik on the program entitled: “Minding Your Own Business, 2nd Annual Forum on Solo & Small Firm Practice”. While originally a Winnipeg boy, I have been away so long I hardly recognized the place…or at least, parts of it anyway. It was wonderful for the ‘peggers to arrange the -43 (with wind chill) weather to remind me that I was back in the USSR..ahh…no …Winnipeg…but it was truly *good* to be back home…

    This trip gave me the opportunity to use a hot new web site: TripIt.

    TripIt works as follows: You register with TripIt (supplying the usual information) and establish an email address and password. From there, you make your plane, hotel, car etc reservations – and email a copy of your confirmations to plans@tripit.com. Here is where the magic starts.

    TripIt starts a new itinerary for you – and as you add in your hotel to your plane reservations, car etc…it automatically builds your trip itinerary for you. This is truly magic..you do *not* have to rekey in anything – TripIt scrapes or discerns your travel plans automatically – and adds in links to “online checkin”, “check flight status”, “get seating advice” as well as necessary info such as departure and arrival information.

    Hotel information is similarly organized…and includes a summary of the hotel room’s details (such as free internet). It also includes check out times, maps and directions from the airport to the hotel, weather information and such. You can invite in collaborators, add notes to the trip and much more. This is one cool travel site and one that will have me coming back time after time. Hat tip to Tom Mighell and his blog Inter Alia who also is the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW this year for putting me onto this site!

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 am and is filed under humour, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

    2 Responses to “One Cool Place…”
    1. Karen Dyck Says:

      Dave,
      Thanks very much for coming out to “Winterpeg” – if only the windchill had followed you home!
      It was a pleasure to host you and hear your presentations – I’m looking forward to reading more of that practical content on this blog.

    2. Donna Seale Says:

      Hi David!

      I wanted to thank you again for coming out here and sharing your wisdom. It was terrific to finally meet you and I hope our paths cross again one day! For now, I’ll continue to keep reading your great blog content.

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