How exciting: for our trip we’ve bought a new laptop :-D
Why? We want to be able to:
- keep in touch with people back home
- go online wherever we happen to be to research the next stage
- watch movies or shows we’ve bought specially to view on the trip (could you recommend some good “travel” movies?)
- play a game or two in down-time
- transfer, sort and store our photos as we go.
Please give your tips/advice for travelling with a laptop.
So, Cricket researched options and required specifications and finally recommended the:
Toshiba Satellite A500/031
Sure go ahead, if you’ve had trouble with one, do send warnings.
But so far (4 hours in to familiarisation, only Firefox installed) I’m enjoying it – except that the desktop icons are a lot larger than I would like and there are no options to make them smaller (resolution is as high as it will go; and Control Panel options to change desktop icon & text size is only available to go larger).
Just like when I found delightful features of Windows 7, I have been delighted to discover Toshiba Bulletin Board. The boys and I will be sharing the laptop and I don’t think we need to have different user settings because we use the same programs, and anything we want to keep private we can save to our memory sticks – BUT I like to use stickies and to do lists – but the boys don’t need to see my notes to myself on the desktop. With Toshiba Bulletin Board we can make our own boards – to pin up our own lists, photos, notes etc.
Naturally one of the first things I did when I finally started familiarisation procedures (ie mucking about in there) was to begin a todo list, and documenting what I’ve done and learned so far :P
- Removed battery
- Connected to secure home network
- Windows 7 offered to set up a homegroup and this time I went with that and received a password
- I can access some stuff on other home computers - but it looks limited to docs, pics, vids, music; couldn't see how to access program files - would be convenient not to have to redownload stuff.
- Created personal Bulletin Board - boys can have their own
- Listed things to install in Board’s ToDo List
- Installed Firefox
- Learned a tiny bit about homegroups – but still confused about Windows 7 file management.
- Tried to find a way to shrink the icons on desktop – couldn't
- Changed basic computer's Windows7 user name from New User, although that is still showing as its name from my PC.
- Wondered what option we will use for office software on this machine.
- Removed Wild Tangent
- Looked for that Windows 7 writing tool I liked so much for blogging, ah yes Windows Live Writer, so it is in the Windows Live folder.
- Changed desktop background theme.
- Binned Adobe shortcuts - won't need those
- Pinned tools I use (Paint, Writer, calculator) to Taskbar, unpinning the unnecessaries.
- Played some more with the Board (added a pic of Xin and Me in Second Life)
And now the laptop and I need to get back to work…. that to do list calls…particularly the firefox addons: delicious, kwout and zotero.