After a bit of last-minute panic I hit the airport and after a short connecting flight to Auckland, and got on one of Air NZ's nice new 777 ‘dreamliner’ services to Hong Kong. I liked it – lots of space (the plane was only half-full – recessions are good times to travel), and a water cooler at the back so you don't need to annoy the staff. Food wasn't too bad either.
It's a pretty short flight, so I didn't have long to sleep. After 5 minutes stumbling around Hong Kong airport going ‘that roof looks styley in this light, good job Foster’ and ‘where can I get second breakfast?’ one of my gang txted to say ey oop, did I know, my server's offline?
One of the others confirmed it wasn't coming back online owing to the hosting place being dicks and the dom-0 server owner ignoring the warning emails, and after a couple of minutes of going “fuck… wish I had my macbook with me” I sat down and installed a new server… from my iphone.
Not the easiest thing to do on a keyboard 5cm wide, but hey, at least it's possible. Glad I loaded SSH keys before I left and took a backup… Got email back up about 5 mins before my battery went flat (HK/UK adapter I brought with me wasn't working) and I had to board my flight on to Madrid.
Hong Kong has free lounger chairs around one side of the blocks of shops. I like Hong Kong airport.