I can’t be alone in disliking laptops. I can’t stand the keyboards, can’t use those finger pad thingies with any proficiency, can’t stand crouching over those grotty little screens and above all can’t stand the responsibility of carting the damn thing around with me. Don’t even mention tired batteries.

It does have its problems though: Gnu/Linux does such a good job of running on old kit that I have a multitude of computers running different distributions both at home and at work. I used to get into an awful muddle with my Gambas code with overwriting changes with other changes until I started using Dropbox (www.getdropbox.com). Now within seconds of switching on any net-connected computer with Dropbox, the Gambas source is updated on that computer. Problem sorted. It obviously can’t cope with server-bases databases so I backup the database into the Dropbox directory and restore it on the other machine. Apart from that, it has made life a lot easier.


One Response to “Dropbox”

  1. Frank Zimmerman Says:

    No, you’re not alone in disliking laptops! I’ve been working with computers for years doing everything from support, programming, music notation, composition, arranging and publishing, and I have never wanted to tote a laptop around.
    As you said, the keyboards are annoying for anyone who is good at typing, especially the newer ones where the Enter key is cut short and another key is put in between…which means that you have to consciously reach farther with your left little finger to hit it. And where’s the number pad? (yah, I know, you press the Fn key, and…aargh!)
    Those touchpads don’t work for me either…never could get used to them…pawing at them just to get across the screen. And some laptops run so hot you don’t dare put them on your lap (even though their name seems to imply that this is where they belong).
    Finally, just when you might get used to having one and start to depend on it, they’re sure to break down. And then fix them? Oh no, that would cost more than buying a new one!

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