Working while away
GREECE | Thursday, 8 November 2007 | Views 
Because of the extended nature of this trip, it has been impossible to take that much time off from work so this is the first time I have really taken it with me. It didn't start out too well, with my wonderfully tiny 12" Mac choosing to die just as we arrived at Sydney airport on day one. But then I had someone deliver my 17" Mac to me, which, while it isn't exactly a portable size, did enable me to get a lot done.
The big test was just HOW wireless the world had become since internet cafés really aren't suitable or convenient for business purposes (unless you are really desperate). I was also travelling with a tiny 3G USB wireless modem, and I wanted to see how effective this was.
The long and the short of it is that a combination of options has made internet access from a laptop pretty easy and accessible. Most airports, most large hotels and a few cafés have wireless access, many other mid-range places have ethernet non-wireless access, and the 3G wireless modem worked just about everywhere and the speeds were (surprisingly) good (although I haven't seen the bill yet!)
What fascinates me about all this is not so much where it leaves us today so much as what it means for travel with a laptop in say 5 years when 3G wireless modems are built into laptops much as web cams are today. That suddenly opens up a whole host of possibilities and changes both work and travel.
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