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We may not have arrived at pervasive computing yet, but seven years of broadband Internet have changed my life. ...And I don't mean that I spent the week jonsing for LiveJournal. It's the little things -- instant access to weather data; throw a CD in and Easy CD Extractor fetches all the track information; and always having access to your files via VPN -- that add up to making you feel really, really disconnected when you're in a place where a packet is a kind of small, itinerant cargo ship. And did I mention Google? Right. Next time we're up in Wellfleet I will be toting a cellular PC-card for my laptop.

On the up-side of things, USB external hard disks are very nice. Last Saturday morning while packing I had the bright idea of tossing one of the USB drives that I use for backups in the bag along with the transistor radio and the DVD wallets. That meant that I had all of my MP3s (hoot!); a place to put a backup of the digital pictures coming off of our camera onto the laptop; and copies of my gaming files when Asha asked me to run a solo session for her. The latter was tempered by the fact that the backup was a month old and didn't have some recent work that I'd done, but the concept was well proved (and the game went well). Next time I'll take a snapshot of the server the night before we leave.

All-in-all, the week in Wellfleet was a good one for tech. Verizon's cell service was strong, the MP3s were a blessing, and the DVDs were a good diversion on those couple of nights when we both decided that we simply were not going anywhere. Oh, yes, and GPS freakin' rocks. There is still something magical to me about watching a trail of little green dots march across a map saying you are here, then looking out the window and seeing that, yes, here I am! Complete FM.


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Jun. 19th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
2 summers ago trip to Montreal solidified my love for taking a laptop on the road. It was GREAT even if but to do a little restaurant research and ideas for where to take the kids beyond the usual travel books.

How are you using the GPS? *nosy*
Jun. 24th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
...I have a little USB GPS reciever (with a loooooon cord) that I plug in to my laptop and toss on the dash. The laptop has a copy of DeLorme's Street Atlas '05. I use the laptop for position fixes and high-detail maps, with a AAA highway map spread out across the keyboard to give me the overall view. The combo works pretty well for me. Though, I have noticed a habit of keeping my head down looking at the two maps instead of taking in the scenery!

...A side note: I have found that when navigating highways (especially in concert with a paper map) it's easier for me to have the GPS map set with a fixed 'North is up' orientation. When using the GPS to negotiate city streets, letting the map turn so that 'up' is the direction of travel is easier -- keeping 'left' and 'right' on screen matched with left and right outside the car!
Jun. 24th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
I have a little USB GPS reciever

Ooooh....a new gadget! I read those words to my husb and he made that Mmmmmmmm....DONUT noise of want like Homer Simpson.
Jun. 24th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)

...The GPS receiver we have came with SA'05. We picked it up in Freeport last year at Delorme. I see that they have the Street Atlas 2006 + GPS bundle for the same price ($99.95) as last year. Not that I'm trying to aid-and-abet your hubby's gadget lust or anything. ;-)
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