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11. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

But wocca, would it be too 'techno' and 'bulgy' bringing a laptop with us along? Do you get my word actually? With clothes and neccesities in the bag (big one).

I might have a heart attack with pricey digicam and laptop with me! Really spoil my mood while travelling. I enjoy 'doing' stufs like editing pics after travelling. So as for me, uploading the pics (ater taking those pictures) and writing diaries are enough romantic!
With laptop, no way. (that's why i have many stick memories with me along! Dilemma yeah?)

Lee

12. Posted by iart (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

thank for all of you. Yes, I will be in UK for exposion, I need it for compilling my stuffs. Today I felt the weight of i-book(12 inches) still considering. hm... I will buy a rolled backpag if I have an i-book. Course I remember when I travel in Europe last year, I feel the backpag getting heavier and heavier when I getting tired...

13. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Leave it at home (unless essential for work purposes).

People travelled quite happily before laptops came along.

As for them being usful if you have spare time on your hands, what's wrong with reading a book or looking out the window if you're on the move - or perhaps even talking to someone!

14. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

But wocca, would it be too 'techno' and 'bulgy' bringing a laptop with us along? Do you get my word actually? With clothes and neccesities in the bag (big one).

I might have a heart attack with pricey digicam and laptop with me! Really spoil my mood while travelling. I enjoy 'doing' stufs like editing pics after travelling. So as for me, uploading the pics (ater taking those pictures) and writing diaries are enough romantic!
With laptop, no way. (that's why i have many stick memories with me along! Dilemma yeah?)

Lee

I have between 4 - 5 months vacation each year. I am quite busy after I travel each time, with teaching at university in China.

I won't be backpacking as such when I travel this summer. I expect to fly to Hong Kong, sit around for a few hours for a connecting flight. Then fly 8 hours to Western Australia to visit family. Next fly over to the east coast (4 hours). Probably catch a train up to Queensland (say 12 hours), seeing more family along the way.

When I fly back to Hong Kong (about 9 hours) I jope to get a connecting flight to Guilin, where I'll stay a week or so ... I'll be meeting up with a friend there. She is also a teacher, and often encourages me with writing.

It is all much simpler for me to write on a laptop as I go. Writing is an everyday part of my life. So too is taking pictures. My digital camera is quite small. As you know Mahmud, I am active on several travel sites, especially in China & SE Asia. I might as well use any spare time creatively. I have travelled a lot. Reading is one thing. Writing for others is something else indeed. Who knows? I could even make money out of it.

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Mikey B

Leave it at home (unless essential for work purposes).

People travelled quite happily before laptops came along.

As for them being usful if you have spare time on your hands, what's wrong with reading a book or looking out the window if you're on the move - or perhaps even talking to someone!

And in the days before the internet, people used to gather in common areas in hostels and talk to each other OR sing folk songs together especially by Neil Young) whilst someone played guitar.

Nowadays, people travel around the world to see in internet cafes writing emails or chatting online with friends back home

16. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 11y

I am not fond of laptops while travelling... it can drive people neurotics...
Besides that, you can find a internet cafe wherever you are!
I am thinking about taking a portable HD (like a pen drive) to store my photos (by USB) and upload them in internet cafes (usually, these PC's for internet access don't provide a CD driver!).

Another thing I am thinking to take is a small headset (microphone and headphone) to use Skype in every internet cafe PC.
About bookmarks, I suggest you to export it from Iexplorer and upload it in a personal Home page or even in your email.

Happy birthday wocca!
Cheers!

17. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

Quoting csfreixo

Besides that, you can find a internet cafe wherever you are!

Many internet cafe computers will however be infected with spyware or have keystroke loggers installed through various viruses. Which means that those computers might be good enough for browsing, and perhaps people won't really care about webmail passwords, but if you ever want to do any internet banking because you're about to run out of money during your trip...

Another thing I am thinking to take is a small headset (microphone and headphone) to use Skype in every internet cafe PC.

Doing that will drive everyone else in the internet cafe neurotic. ;) (Seriously, I used to visit one internet cafe here in Melbourne, where this brittish girl with the most horrible accent used to shout "ken you here me naw?" (*waves to her in case she's here on the site*) into her microphone over and over again trying to get things to work. You could see everyone else there mentally beaming "SHUT UP" mindrays to her.) :)

18. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting csfreixo

I am not fond of laptops while travelling... it can drive people neurotics...
Besides that, you can find a internet cafe wherever you are!
I am thinking about taking a portable HD (like a pen drive) to store my photos (by USB) and upload them in internet cafes (usually, these PC's for internet access don't provide a CD driver!).

Another thing I am thinking to take is a small headset (microphone and headphone) to use Skype in every internet cafe PC.
About bookmarks, I suggest you to export it from Iexplorer and upload it in a personal Home page or even in your email.

Happy birthday wocca!
Cheers!

Thanks foy your personal message & greetings. I have replied separately

Ciao
Wocca

19. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I love having my laptop with me. I have a lock, so I feel it's fairly safe. And it is insured of course. Some of the things I like about it.

- Can do some work in down time
- Keyboard and operating system is set to English
- I don't have to spend time looking for internet cafes when I have free wireless in my room :)
- Can upload pictures while on the road.
- Much better for banking

I'm not a big fan of internet cafes. The staff are almost inevitably very grumpy, the computers are always PCs, I have to use webmail, I'm always looking over my shoulder, whispering about things and generally not feeling as comfortable as I like to while on holidays.

I'm using a Powerbook 12". I think the iBook would be a great choice! Get a nice hard case to store it in if it's going to be in a backpack and definitely get a lock!

Now, back to some holidaying

20. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

And in the days before the internet, people used to gather in common areas in hostels and talk to each other OR sing folk songs together especially by Neil Young) whilst someone played guitar.

Nowadays, people travel around the world to see in internet cafes writing emails or chatting online with friends back home

So abang Wocca, you agree on it because it's a scenario that is unstoppable? Another thing is: one of the argumentative issue: people getting more and more familiar typing in computer rather than hand-writing as modernists think it is too energy and time consumption...(in computer you can edit the text and the layers easier than doing the same task through hand-writing); this scenario will totally degrade the 'standard' of hand-writing especially chinese which takes a lot of strokes...(i can't bear the hand-writing of young students nowadays...friends told me it's a predictable reality...just accept it)

Sigh..

Lee