My intuition proved correct- having your own notebook computer, with wireless access, is a very good thing to have when attending a conference. My Dell Inspiron proved its value many times during the recent conference of the American Educational Research Association. I could check email at almost any time, I could take notes at presentations without having to re-type them after the fact, and I could post blog entries on the run. I could download and listen to podcasts and send photos to friends too. I think this new toy, uhh, tool, has already become addictive.