Dateline Florence, Italy.
Most people were surprised that I wasn’t taking my computer with me, but the reality of the situation is that I don’t really need my tablet to check email, update my blog, check my RSS feeds, or chat online.
What I took with me:
- 512MB Lexar ThumbDrive – $59.99 (I bought it 6 months ago, prices have dropped since)
- Firefox Portable from PortableApps.com – Free
- Skype – Free
- PuTTY – Free
- Flickr Uploadr – Free
Firefox Portable extracts straight to the thumbdrive.
You can install Skype straight to the thumbdrive too (or just copy Skype.exe from your existing installation), however you will also need to create a BAT file to make sure it loads your profile. On my thumbdrive, I have a folder called
Skype.exe inside. I also have a BAT file called
skype.BAT, copy and paste this code:
skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable
Then create a new directory in
Data. Skype will now use that location to store your profile. This is very important when you start using computers in places like Italy where the computer language is set to Italian.
PuTTY is an open source SSH client I use to connect to various computer systems, such as my site.
Flickr Uploadr is what I use to upload my wonderful pictures. The downside of Flickr Uploadr is that I have to authorize on every computer I use it on. This is not that big of a deal as I just deauthorize when I’m done. But it does beat using the web interface every time.
There are also a number of websites I use:
- Gmail for Email (yup, fergcorp.com uses Gmail)
- Google Reader for RSS feeds
- Meebo for AIM and MSN instant messaging
- Del.icio.us for my bookmarks
Easy. Simple. Free.