I've got this friend, his name is Mark, he works for a video game company - you may have heard of them. I made the mistake of hanging out with him a bit tonight.

He came over to check out progress on my HTPC, but then we quickly got to talking about the iPhone 3G and the best time to get them in the morning. Mark was convinced that they'd be sold out if we didn't go early; the closest Apple store is bound to be crowded and he didn't want to wait behind people to check out. His plan was hatched: go watch a midnight showing of Hellboy II, bring laptops and work from 2AM until 8AM when the AT&T store near us opened. Mark must be real good at his job because he convinced me (I still don't quite know how). By the end of the morning he'll probably have sold me an Unreal Engine license as well.

So here I am, it's nearly 4AM, there are five of us in "line" and I'm working on a couple of articles - at least one of which you'll see Monday morning. I figure I might as well get some work done while I'm sitting here.

Among those in line is a NCSU student as well as Gregory from iPhone Matters.com. I'll keep posting here if anything interesting happens...if I could only find a way to get my testbeds down here I'd be set, although I may scare away some of the other iPhoners.

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  • Guspaz - Sunday, July 13, 2008 - link

    How the heck did you two get your laptops to last 6 hours apiece? Spare batteries? External batteries? Or do they just last really long?

    Perhaps I've been corrupted by a slew of desktop-replacement laptops that only last 2-3 hours on battery, but even on a more portable unit, 6 hours evokes envy.
  • Depeche - Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - link

    Maybe they had those slick netbooks that last about 12 hours :D
  • Zak - Friday, July 11, 2008 - link

    I wonder if like with the first iPhone, you will be able to walk into uncrowded store in the afternoon and pick up the iPhone 3G. I LOLed at people who were camping out for few days and then some folks from the office popped during their lunch break and got the iPhone without waiting:)

  • Rhino2 - Friday, July 11, 2008 - link

    Man, I had no idea you lived here in Raleigh, was quite a shock seeing the pictures taken from North Hills, I eat at that Chick-fil-a just about every day for lunch, my office is just inside the beltline on Six Forks, right before you get to Wake Forest Rd.

    Anyway, let us know how you like that new iPhone, I've been considering one myself :)
  • bigshooter - Friday, July 11, 2008 - link

    I wish we had 3G where I live... and Chickfila.
  • ViRGE - Friday, July 11, 2008 - link

    While the two of you are sitting there, could you ask Mark where UT3 Patch 3 is? We few UT3 players still out there are starting to drop dead from the wait.

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