Would you check your laptop?

Hmm. Appears I have started, or joined a meme. What if you couldn’t bring your laptop on the plane anymore?

Marc Orchant says we’re all going to move our stuff into the cloud. Which is right, if you are looking at the world from Foldera’s point of view. Where Marc is the man.

“This may be an external catalyst to a migration of data to the cloud – one I should have seem coming but frankly did not. I don’t know about you, but the notion of putting my laptop through the ordeal of the commercial carriers’ baggage handling gymnasium is not terribly comforting.  I can see my ideas about the value of a laptop loaded with all of my “stuff” changing dramatically if we get to the point here in the US that we can not bring a laptop onto a plane as carry on luggage or if the time penalty associated with carrying personal electronics becomes too costly.”

Incremental Blogger: Would you check your Tablet PC or laptop? Loren Heiny writes:

“My second concern is with theft. Over the last couple years I’ve met two people that have “lost” their checked laptops. All of their luggage made the trip except what do you know, but the laptop. This makes me a little reluctant to play checked baggage roulette. (By the way, in both cases the airlines did not compensate the travelers for their loss in any way.) I’d rather leave my Tablet behind if there’s even a 2% chance of it being stolen. With the amount of travel I do, that might mean I’d lose a Tablet once every two or three years. Ouch. Yes, laptops can be stolen at any time, but I do my best to keep mine at my side as much as possible.”

The LATimes talked about the separation anxiety faced by travellers on their way to Heathrow.

And buddies Jim Leonard, Mark Hopkins and Mark Cahill comment in my post about this morning’s slog that predict the rise of USB keys, high volume phones, and Web OS’s with ubiquitous devices at your destination.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Would you check your laptop?”

  1. For starters I WOULDN’T. I’d rather be left with no PC (which for someone like me is as bad as having to face a croud naked). On my previous trip to raleigh-new york I decided to send my camera in my luggage, it somehow got “lost”, stolen, probably in miami (the airline couldn’t care less, thank you very much). I would like that same thing happening to my computer.

    Web OS sounds like a good thing happening… google are you listening? Of course I’d be rather unwilling to leave any “sensitive” information on an open web but would be OK with leaving it in an OS standing in an intranet. Then again we have the performance issue, just trying to syncronyze my notes with some 30mb mails is like facing a torture chamber… I can hardly imagine trying to syncronyze a several-gig OS…

    The idea of a swapable drive (either external or internal) for Notebooks sounds quite right. Lenovo are you listening? Something like the sort of principle we already use for migrating workstations, but ready for a daily (weekly?) basis use, and ready to go and return.

  2. Hi David,
    Your former colleague at CIO magazine Tom Wailgum posted some tips on what to do in the case of a laptop ban in his blog Fully Mobile. It’s led to another branch of this meme–i.e., would you check your laptop…or what else might you do? With a couple of impractical digressions, but hey. Thought I’d link these conversations. His post is at:

    Safe travels to you and all your devices…

  3. Yup…definitely tapped a vein here…

    There’s an article in the newsletter from Sitepoint today (geek coder site) with the interesting title of “Is AJAX the Future of Desktop Software?” (Sorry can’t find a real link on their site) That really could take us back to the days of client/server.

    The holy grail at some of the more influential newspapers for several years has been to remove as much proprietary software as they can from the desktop. Have 90% of the staff working in web environments, so that when a machine goes down, you just pull another out of a closet, get it on the network and the writer/adtaker is back to work. I can think of two that have made huge strides and may get there someday.

    Esteban – Google’s lawyers will be contacting you shortly for mentioning the Google Web OS, and hence violating any number of their patents/trademarks. All hail Google! 😉

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