Once, London's Olympics countdown was a matter of years - June 2005 really does seem like an age ago, doesn't it? In case you forgot the scenes of widespread jubilation that greeted the IOC's announcement seven years previous, there's a BBC News video embedded at the bottom of this article to remind you of how happy we were back then.
Not only had we earned the right to host the world's most prestigious sporting event, but more importantly, we'd beaten the French at something in the process. Of course, reality has set in since then. Security blunders, transport chaos, and some chap called Mitt Romney slagging off our national spirit - it's been a lot more than the awful weather seeking to dampen our spirits ahead of our collective moment of glory.
Yet somehow, here we are, mere hours away from finally raising the curtain on Danny Boyle's £27 million pound opening ceremony spectacular and ringing in one of the nation's finest hours since the Normandy beaches. Technology has been far from an afterthought in the build-up to and execution of the Olympics, with London 2012 rightly billed as the first truly digital Games. Indeed, the opening ceremony is a good place to start when it comes to rounding up some of our most memorable pieces of Olympic coverage here at ITProPortal, with the shroud of mystery currently surrounding this evening's creative bonanza almost lifted courtesy of YouTube footage.
Earlier this week, clips began appearing on the popular video-sharing site purporting to show the opening ceremony in dress rehearsal mode, in spite of explicit pleas by Mr Boyle, the show's artistic director, and IOC bosses to #savethesurprise as they dubbed the Twitter movement. The apparent breach of trust inevitably resulted in the Internet giant ordering the offending clips down on copyright grounds, but the real story might be that the IOC used the occurrence to encourage social networkers to inform on fellow netizens suspect of sharing the prohibited content – this despite a previous pledge not to chase up civilians like "Auntie Mabel in Norwich" who might want to share Olympic footage via social media.
One person who definitely violated the boundaries of good taste was Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou, who tweeted a racist comment about Africans that saw her expelled from her country's Olympic team. Did she succeed in overshadowing the build-up to the Games? Hardly, but coming in the wake of the Korean flag scandal as well, did it prove that we shouldn't be able to get our mitts on the latest tech at all times? Certainly, it's pause for thought.
Those athletes still welcome in the Olympic Village seem to be making the most of the latest innovations, employing a range of new devices that measure sleep, diet, and training patterns to try and optimise their routines and achieve the best results. The technology is being furnished by health companies, who are hoping to take advantage of the ability of the gadgets to provide targeted data, though if it helps Team GB's football aspirations in the next couple of weeks most of us at ITProPortal will be happy.
And what about the heavily touted Olympic legacy: do we really think that all previous derelict corners of East London are going to be transformed into proverbial Candyland's in the next couple of years? Maybe not, but good news did arrive from a tech standpoint when it was announced that a large part of the Olympic Park is set to become an innovation hub following the Games. The iCITY partnership has been selected as the sole preferred bidder for legacy acquisition of the existing Press and Broadcast Centres, with the former becoming a research facility and the latter being reinvented as a cloud computing hub, on the back of a £350 million investment.
Having difficulty figuring out how to balance your workload and still catching the best of the Olympic action? If you're considering a remote solution, ITProPortal's resident niche enthusiast Joe Martin has offered up a Survival Guide to Working from Home, where he outlines a number of ways to prepare from the coming weeks and optimise productivity thereafter: his advice includes moving from room-to-room to keep yourself fresh, and making phone calls instead of constantly emailing as it can be quicker.
How is the Olympics affecting you? Do you feel that technology is more noticeable at this year's Olympics than in previous iterations? ITProPortal continues to bring to bring you the latest tech news from the London 2012 Games and we want to hear your views.