My 2008 laptop finally died. It had a hard drive transplant a few years back, and lived a good life. My immediate reaction was to shop for another. With the "cloud," an external hard drive (yes, most of my data was backed up) and flash drives, I no longer need a large amount of native storage. An "ultrabook" seemed to be what I needed, but do I? I have a smart phone and a tablet. Do I really need a laptop anymore?
There are websites that are not mobile-friendly, and have features (Flash mainly) that are not compatible, but how limited would I be without a laptop? I decided to find out. This article is one of my first experiments. If I can write it, and publish it with a picture, then that would demonstrate functionality.
I must disclose that my employer supplies me with a laptop and all the passwords, firewalls, and administrative restrictions that come with it. I also get contracted IT support, and a replacement if it dies (again). I am also blessed with a profession that aligns with my personal interests, so I can justify a certain amount of overlap. If I want to own my creativity free and clear, however, I have to create elsewhere.
Between apps, mobile specific websites, and regular websites, I should be able to get by. Printing, and saving receipts, emails, and other important on-screen documents is worrisome. I do not use or own a printer, and the "print to .pdf" option does not exist for my tablet. I've been able to take screen shot pictures, but will have to find other options for larger documents.
Streaming video is wonderful, especially when what you want to see is not being broadcast anywhere but a specific website. My tablet has a large screen, but I prefer the same screen used to watch video at home. I do not want another set top box, so may have to bend a bit here.
I am also one of those people who figure that the data available from my vehicle's on-board diagnostic socket should be mine. The hardware and software require not only a laptop, but a PC, so the next "check engine" light may make my mind up for me.
Until then, I will try to exist with only a smart phone and a tablet. Wish me luck.