I’m headed on a cruise to Alaska next week and it’s made me think about just how portable I really am.
I’m currently watching the TV on my laptop’s hard drive (ripped there from legally-bought DVD’s) streamed over AirVideo to my iPad. That same ipad can be a second monitor for my laptop if I’m on a forgiving wireless network. My husband said we should bring some DVD’s — in response I handed him my portable USB hard drive and told him to throw it on there. I fall asleep to the words of Terry Pratchett whispered lovingly from the headphones of my iPod, rather than the cassette of chamber music and guitar music that my sister and I dozed off to as children.
And even for software development, I now do it from a Ubuntu 10.04 image installed under VMWare on my laptop, so I don’t even need internet access to do development (or, if I have it, I don’t need a good connection.)
My “stuff I need” list keeps getting smaller and smaller each time I turn around.
If we had reasonable wireless providers here with reasonable data plans, I could even stop caring about wired internet for my work and (non-gaming) entertainment.
It’s very enabling from a high-mobility/low-stuff perspective… exactly what we need if we’re interested in living in 100-200 square feet in a few years.