I'll be traveling to Champaign, Illinois, next week, to give another training. It's the second time I'm giving a training for Amdocs since I left. It's a good deal for me, it's good to have some income (allows me to extend my startup "runway") and it's also an opportunity to maintain my training skills. It's also a good break, although, last time, it was a bit long and it took me some time to get back.
I haven't been to Champaign, but people say there's not much to do there. For me it is exciting, since it is an opportunity to visit the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)
at UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) For those of you not familiar with the terms, NCSA was the home of an interesting application back in the mid 90's called NCSA Mosaic. Mosaic was the first popular graphical web browser. I remember downloading the early Alpha from the NCSA site. I was a student in the Technion back then. It was a world of e-mail, FTP, Usenet and Gopher before HTTP came along. Mosaic was amazing from the very first moment, although there was only one site you could browse. It's a piece of computing history now.
BTW, while on the subject, one of the creators of Mosaic was Marc Andreessen. He has done very well with some very successful ventures, the latest is Ning. He also writes a great blog which I recommend.
See you in Champaign, Illinois.