Tools of the Trade: Have Netbook Will Travel (And Write!)

The seats on the Pittsburgh T are pretty cramped, and being a computer guy, I always write on one. I started trying to use my workstation laptop (the beast I use at work), but there was basically only one seat on the T where I could comfortably flip the screen up enough to see clearly to write. That seat, however, has no leg room, and with my bad knees, was not working out well.

I bought an Asus S101 Netbook and have never regretted the expense. It is small, able to flip open in the most cramped seat, long enough battery life to write for hours AND listen to music while doing so (more about that in another post), and all solid state – for the non-geeks among us, that means there’s no hard drive in the S101 – it’s hard drive is Flash RAM – fast, using less power, no moving parts to break.

The keyboard, however, is fairly small.  It took some getting used to, but I can now type on it fairly quickly.  This may not be true for someone who’s actually learned to type properly (I programmer-type, which is done using only four of my fingers and thumb on spacebar, but I am very good at it). 

The netbook has enabled me and my meager writing habit time.  It’s also handy enough to carry with me anywhere, for those rare occasions when I get to sit under a tree for a half hour and squeak out a few paragraphs.  It may not be for every writer, but I’d recommend trying one to anyone.

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