Using Wi-Fi and a Netbook to Do Mobile Computing in the Comfort of the Coffee Shop

Computers are becoming more and more portable these days. As they become smaller and smaller and more places provide free Wi-Fi, they become a handy tool to carry around. These computers are available in both PC and Mac format. Just about every computer user has a preference for one but not both. Discussions are often heated. When a PC breaks down, you need to find a PC repair place. When a Mac is not working correctly, you need to find a MacBook repair place or a MacBook screen repair place. But all of these computers are remarkably reliable and do not need repair very often.

To get a good idea of how you can best make use of your Netbook computer, we will look at one man, whom we will call Martin. If you were to see Martin on the street, you would not pick him out as a power user, but he is just that. Starbucks is his favorite place to do him mobile computing. He just opens his Netbook at his table and lets it find the wireless signal. His favorite type of web site is the news site or blog. He has a number of these sites set up for RSS feeds ("really simple syndication.") These give him notification of the latest news tidbits in summarized form, saving him time he used to spend surfing for the information.

The next useful tool is Microsoft OneNote. This nifty little program allows you to set up notebooks on your computer like the three-ring notebooks you used in school. In each notebook you can set up any number of subject tabs. Then you can copy information from the web or anywhere else into the notebook. The beauty of this program is that it is easy to sync your documents from all of your computers into one location. As you know, one of the problems of having multiple computers is the problem of keeping your data in sync, and OneNote makes synchronization easy.

Martin has come up with an ingenious way to save the information he finds. The tool needed for this trick is Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have a full copy of Acrobat, you may have another program that allows you to create.pdf files. Remember that Acrobat Reader can be used only for opening.pdf files, not for creating them. When Martin finds a web page that he wants to save, all he does is print it, selecting Adobe PDF as his printer. He can then put the file into the pertinent notebook in OneNote.

With all of these tools at his fingertips, he can sit comfortably at a table in Starbucks, sip his coffee, gather his information, and write his blog. He does not think that anyone ever reads his blog, but it gives him a sense of accomplishment and feeling of satisfaction to get his opinions onto his web site.

So you, too, with a netbook and a few tools, can sit in comfort, commune with friends, and work on the web. If your company allows you to use a remote desktop connection, you can even telecommute from a place of conviviality and comfort.