Jan 4, 2013

No Computer For Travelling

Have we finally gotten to the point like you see in Star Trek where we all have tablets and no computers?  Computers are fixed devices and tablets are what we walk around with?   The vision was that we'd see those in the 23rd century :-)   Well next week I'm gonna find out.

Leaving for the UK tomorrow and (cough cough) leaving my laptop at home.    Jen bought me a Nexus 7 for Christmas and I've been playing with it for almost 2 weeks now and you know what?   I can do 90% of what I do on my laptop on my Nexus.   Wow.   What am I missing?  A game that I play called World of Tanks  (if you join look for BartBandy) and my photo editing software.   The photo editing is something that I can probably do on the nexus but need more time to look into it.   The Nexus doesn't have a CF slot or an easy visual way to get photos into it, and it only has 32gb of on-board memory.  The idea is that you use cloud based storage, which is definitely the future.   There are OTG cables and CF readers that I should be able to use for accessing the images when I travel and some editing software but I really need to investigate more.   This trip I'm only gone for a week so I bought an additional 8gb CF card, so I have 12gb for this trip and that should be enough.   Will post process after I get home.   If I were going for more then a week, then this would be an issue.

So what can I do on my nexus?   Well, pretty much everything!    There is the standard surfing stuff that many tablet users have (Gmail, Chrome, News apps, Ebay, IMDB, etc etc..), Aldiko for my e-books, Netflix, Plex Media player, VLC, YouTube, my VPN (Private Tunnel), GPS and travel apps, my sky/google drives and just about anything else you can think of.   I'm really not missing anything.   Heck I even have access to my TV shows, movies and music.    This week will be my big experiment, can I live without a computer?   Just my Nexus 7 and my camera.   This is going to be a whole new world for me :-)

Don't have a ton of time while I'm in the UK this trip but I should be able to have an afternoon and evening in London at the end.    My "to visit" list this trip is the London Eye (I want to ride it) and to see/photograph Piccadilly Circus at night.    Everything else will be the country side as I travel through.   No time or money to add a few days to the trip as vacation this go around.    Fingers crossed, I'm getting indications that I should be able to go to Australia later this year!  That one I need to save my penny's for.

Anyone wanting to know more about the Nexus 7 or the apps I use, drop me a line.

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