For whatever reason we can rove the landscape of mars with robots and walk the face of the moon, but we can’t figure out how to get 24-hours of juice out of laptop batteries. Nonetheless, this article offers a few solutions to extending your mobile writing time with extended or external battery options.
You’ve all seen them – those ultra portable computers, with ultra small screens and keyboards that fit darn near anywhere. What writer in their right mind would actually make use of such technology? Actually…there is good reason to look closer at this technology. On the heels of CES 2009 (where new UMPCs like Sony Vaio’s P Series made its debut) I think it’s important to shed light on these devices and how they can be great for writers.
Netbooks are the latest piece of hardware to target the geek scene. Every manufacturer worth its salt is rushing to get their version of the netbook on the market. Not to be confused with laptops/notebooks, netbooks are optimized for light computing tasks like word processing and heavy internet usage – hence the term “net”. They are the latest craze in computing and are spreading like wildfire. I’ve been watching the netbook craze since Intel introduced the Atom in the spring of 08’. And while the netbook truly has benefits for writers, I believe its greatest purpose will be in offering the ultimate low-cost web portal to the world at large. Mark my words, these things will soon inhabit the Amazon jungle.