When I travel, especially if I’m going to be gone for several days, I always take my notebook or my office notebook.
"Ay, there’s the rub," as Hamlet said in his famous soliloquy. If I’ve got the wrong notebook, I won’t have some of the data that I’ll want.
Or, from a more personal note, what can I do if I’m sitting in a boring hotel room, with my Internet access via the office’s VPN (virtual private network)?
Of course, I can review information for the next days’ meetings. I could watch the televisions in the hotel room. But, in today’s world of technological wonders, I can do so much more.
Last week, I bought a Western Digital 120 GB Passport USB 2.0 Hard Drive. This isn’t one of those big, heavy units that is designed for use at my desktop.
The Passport is much smaller than a paperback book, about 2/3rds the length, width and height of the average paperback. The actual dimensions are 5.1 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches, and it weighs a light 4.8 ounces (less than my Sony SJ33 PDA).
The inexpensive, conveniently sized Passport is a hit with me. So far, I’ve loaded about 30 hours of videos on it to let me relax and be entertained. Plus I’ve loaded more gigabytes of data that I’d like to have with me "just in case…"