Forgoing using a “real” computer for a few months

In less than a week I’ll be making a trek across the country. I’m moving ahead of my partner and will only be bringing a relatively small amount of stuff. That means the essentials like clothing, toiletries, important paperwork, and mostly portable electronic items. My cat, of course, is coming along as well. The only non-portable electronic item I’m bringing is a rather bulky but quite functional all-in-one printer. I am choosing to leave behind my also bulky but quite functional desktop PC, however.

For a lot of people that’d be no big deal since they have a reasonably modern laptop running Windows or Mac OS X. My only Windows laptop is an Acer Aspire One netbook. It was slow and had limited functionality when I bought it new over 3 years ago and I’ve only found use for it nowadays to play vintage games. I do also have an iPad 4 which in many ways is more useful than the netbook but is certainly not a fully-functional computer. Continue reading