I’m on a bus traveling down to the airport to catch a plane home. I have a lot on my mind about the trip, and to distract myself, I’ve been working.
I often joke my office is my purse. Okay, that’s not really a joke. I’ve been reading a book to get ideas for a course I’m developing, checking my email (the bus has wi-fi) and generally just doing a lot of the things I ordinarily do as part of my morning’s work.
I’d gotten a netbook with an eye to the fact I travel a few times a year and wanted something not too expensive and easily portable. So far, I’m liking travelling with a netbook. The good battery and the compact machine make it nice for crowded travel. The fact that it’s light to carry and fits in a purse doesn’t hurt, either.
I think my next “big” computer is going to be a desktop I’ll sync with my netbook. The desktop will deliver lots of computing power cheap, for when I need that. Then I can do 90% of my work on my portable machine. As a writer whose work is often web-based, I just don’t need the computing power you’d require for video editing or high-end gaming.