Living Lite: Connected Travel without a Laptop
By jhawk on Oct 15, 2005
There are several times that a laptop wasn't the answer for my travel. One of the great applications of the Internet has been Web-based email. Since the Microsoft $450M purchase of HotMail, the Industry has really hasn't seen the potential in these "Lite" applications for the Internet. Email and Calendar might be great, but Imagine what the Google/Sun Alliance will bring in terms of Office Suite software.
Here are a few cases where I simply was stuck..
On my last trip to Singapore. I had a disaster with my laptop. I left my power cord for my Toshiba laptop at my desk. Nothing is sadder than when you are working on your laptop and you see the "plug in your laptop to save your work" message popup screams at you... and then you look and see no power adapter in your bag.
Sometimes I may not want to bring my laptop with me when I travel. Going on vacation should mean "getting away" from technology. As I travel, I do find that most areas frequented by Tourist have fairly decent venues for Internet Cafe's. Usually this is good enough to get online and check some e-mail. Around the world you can usually find a "loaner PC" from the larger hotel chains. In North America, Kinko's has terminals. And some places have decent Internet cafes such as EasyInternet Cafes in Europe. The idea of travel vacations is not to sit in front of a PC.
The Sun/Google/OpenOffice site isn't ready yet, but until then many of us can travel "lite" with just bringing our portable memory device. One cool site that I've found recommends Windows software for your USB Vault or iPod or MP3 player. I haven't had to use this yet, but seems like everything you need to get some "quick or emergency" work done is here.