Off-topic, but … having to work from a backup laptop while I 1) wait for my PowerBook to be repaired and 2) wait for my new MacBook Pro (200gig hard drive!) has given me time to think about how I work.
Working online only without my primary programs is inefficient, frustrating and frankly, damaging to my business and sanity. I am dependent on having my data with me at all times, and no “smart phone” will supplant my laptop.
— Email. Need it offline. Need the associated files offline as well. And the calendar!
— Blogging. Need off-line editor as well. Inspiration occasionally strikes away from the internets.
— Office software. Sure, writely is cool, but not that functional when all my files are not there. And no, I don’t want to give all of my information to google. I don’t trust anybody that much (‘cept for my wife of course).
There is just so much to be done off-line. Working solely through a browser so that I can “work anywhere, from any computer” as is often purported to be the future of computing, is neither practical nor secure.