So I chucked my "ultraportable" goal out the window. This Compaq X1000 technically belongs in the "desktop replacement" category, but it's thin and light enough to travel very well. And, I have to say, the experience of putting together this article in a San Jose hotel room helped ease my decision. Graphics and spreadsheets are much easier to manipulate at higher screen resolutions.
Naturally, I picked up a 512MB memory upgrade and an 802.11g router to go along with the system. Now I'm liable to post news from the loo. You have been warned. So far, my preferred method of computing from the couch, kitchen, or crapper is Windows' Remote Desktop Connection, via which I can simply control my main PC in Damage Labs. With a 1280-pixel-wide screen, I don't even have to resize the windows horizontally.
I'm curious. How many of you folks have wireless networks and laptops at home? The transition to mobile computing around the house took me some time, because I'm just not very comfortable, I suppose, buying a computer pre-assembled. Something like that. I'm also horribly cheap, which is a big part of that dynamic. But I had to have a laptop for covering various events. Also, I told myself that I needed to get into some of these things, in part just to keep myself tech-literate. Not everyone has a well-stocked computer lab at their disposal, and not everyone uses an ATX-sized desktop system for their do-it-all computing/gaming/multimedia platform, as I generally do. Mobile computing, HTPCs, and the like are a big part of the future of our little hobby here, in my view. Then again, when I pick up an issue of PC Magazine and try to read the endless stream of digicam/laptop/inkjet printer/USB peripheral reviews, my eyes glaze over, and I pine for the joys of dually Opterons...
Oh yeah, and we caught Saddam. Yet another failure for the Bush Administration, I am sure.