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Now I know UPS’ little trick if they happen to fall under the circumstances where they’ve promised delivery within 2 days but it doesn’t look like that will happen…

Just before Christmas I ordered a new taptop (Toshiba Tecra M4 TabletPC). Because I didn’t select one of the preconfigured systems, it had to be built (I wanted 2GB of RAM and they wanted to charge something around $650 for an upgrade to 2GB from 512MB… instead I’ll post the included 256MB that I specified in my config to ebay and snap in two 1GB modules I got from Crucial for a grand total of $210). When I ordered it, other than a free printer & bag, I got free 2–day shipping.  Aparently the laptop was built in China… here’s where it gets interesting.

As you can see from my UPS tracking info below, the laptop left Shanghai, China on 12/28 @ 10:13pm… but it arrived almost 10 hours earlier in Alaska on 12/28 @ 12:36pm due to crossing the international date line.  I’d never seen that before… quite interesting.

So, next time you’re working on a project that you have to deliver tomorrow, but need an extra day, make sure you have enough spare batteries charged up for your laptop and jump on an around the world flight to gain a day.

Come to think of it, maybe that’s how Angus Logan and Mei Ying Lim did such a good job meeting their deadlines for our book. :P

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