I think there is a quiet genesis moving along. People want ease of computing, portability, cross-platform acceptance. My new habilis measurement is that a tool I choose to use should work the same in Linux, Windows, and Android. I’ve purposefully chosen cloud or other tools which have very functional alternatives in the OS platforms I choose.
Its dawned on me though that the laptop itself is going to be a casualty. With my Nexus 10 tablet and its speed, ability to access USB and Samba storage, the maturity of office and other tools; things are moving to a point where the home laptop running Debian or Ubuntu is getting to be too much. What I really want is portability and access and the laptop does provide this; but not to the level of a pound or so tablet with its better power management, games, utilities and tools. I simply don’t need all the horsepower any longer to do the things I do at home. I sit on the couch, read news, browse the web, read books sometimes. Everything I mostly use is situated in some cloud out of choice. Pictures, data, documents, music. Now to access this information, its simpler on a tablet. I don’t need all the stuff that the laptop gives me any longer for home computing. For work I always will need a Windows 7 laptop.
Even traveling, if I ever get there again, is more enriched with a single device like the Nexus 10. Its the perfect form factor for me. The Nexus 7 is the go to device when I’m on the road and at Starbucks. It just does the consumption stuff of video, audio, games, editing files on the road. Small, powerful, with the Play Store there.
What the hell does the home laptop bring to the mix then? Nothing for me.
So, I’m moving yet again. Moving to a more portable me. The home laptops will get powered down and my life simplifies to a single Android 10-inch tablet form factor that holds or has access to my music either in the cloud or on USB. I can do the things which are either creation or consumption based on the Nexus 10. Its the perfect counterpart to the Nexus 7.
Consider your real needs traveling, on the road for work, at work. Where I work, Cisco simply accepts and validates all my Android solutions for use. I can do email and soon vpn on my tablet. I can do IM if I want (don’t want). The work laptop is a necessity. The home laptop is not.
Other Vague Ideas and Notions
I’ve been watching the time passages over the past weeks and I’ve reached a few seminal moments in my own progression. Three years have gone by now and I’ve finally reached the point where I can live with things. Not accept them. I’m not that God-like and immortal. But I’ve learned in typical human fashion that we are durable and once we decide to move on, we can move on. We simply don’t allow ourselves to do that. Its like my friend Bill said. You gotta shake the etcha-sketch. The lines don’t really disappear. You just learn how to move around them.
I’ve also learned I don’t have to take bullshit from people any more. I ain’t better than you. I’m me. Take that.