New toys and travels

Ok, I admit it, the temptation got too much, I finally got an iphone…
This decision was greatly helped by my old phone developing a keyboard fault which meant I could only answer calls if I have the bluetooth headset connected, and I couldn’t turn the phone on or off. The new toy is still fab. I picked it up in the uk while I was over there doing some tests in Orkney. The iphone is not available here in Iceland at all, and in the uk only one company offers it as a prepaid phone. As the phone comes locked to the original provider, the first order of the day was to jailbreak and unlock it. This is pretty simple, but took about 1-2 hours, mainly as you need to have a copy of the phones internal software available, which I needed to download first. Thankfully on a previous trip we found out there was free internet in the rather nice Carmelite hotel as well as beer and comfy sofas, so I settled down there with a pint or two to get it all sorted.
The other reason I went to Scotland (other than getting an iphone obviously) was to do some testing and practice with our demo sub before heading off to do a real survey in Azerbaijan in May. This will probably be a 2-3 week operation, with lots of dive time. I am a bit worried that it all depends on our rather aged and unreliable sub working well the whole time, and it will just be me going there for the company, so I’ll be expected to operate and repair it. If something goes horribly wrong I will need to call out a specialist from Iceland, but this will take at least 1-2 days to get them to site.
Mind you, the test in Orkney went well, so perhaps I am worrying unnecessarily. We went to Orkney as there is a very handy oil pipe running into Scapa flow from the east. This was a perfect target for us to work with as it is very similar to the pipes we will be working on in Baku. The only annoyances on the trip, other than the long days and lack of phone/internet comms was that it was also intended to be a training trip, but there was no time scheduled for this.

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