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  1. Posted June 1, 2012 at 20:01 | Permalink

    Benjamin, very impressive journey you’re on with the “going mobile” challenge. I hope you have a book planned to sell afterwards to recoup the cost of massages for the permanent kink in your neck. Not to mention the glasses you’ll need from squinting. Oh wait….you have the monitor. That’s a bit like roughing it in the woods with a generator available isn’t it? ;>)

    Your personal challenge reminds me of some of the the folks who went “all internet” back in 1995…cut the phone, cable, etc and lived and worked from home, ordering groceries via the net, pizza, etc. I suspect your remaining 9 months will be less of of a challenge than those folks faced, but I salute you for the effort.

    While I love my iPhone, I don’t think it would survive a year if I were in your shoes. I would probably throw it in a water hazard during a golf game half way through the summer.

    If you do have a book planned let me know I would love to get a copy.

    Mike Baxter
    http://trafficmobilizer.com

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    • Posted June 4, 2012 at 19:20 | Permalink

      Great idea on the book – I’ll keep you posted!

      Your ‘roughing it’ analogy made me chuckle. However the goal isn’t to have an austere experience and handicap productivity, but to fully embrace the capabilities of the platform. The use of a monitor and keyboard are just one aspect of the mobile experience. We should promote the capability as an advantage rather than somehow as a ‘cheat’. A monitor and keyboard greatly increase productivity and make the experience all the more worthwhile. The way I have come to think of it is that my phone is an ultra-portable thin-client. I am able to have this thin client ‘docked’ to different peripherals.

      Mobile-only is also more than just a different ‘desk’ experience. If you didn’t get a chance to read my post on traveling under the guise of mobile-only (http://theemf.org/2012/05/17/mobile-only-%e2%80%93-you-are-now-free-to-move-about-the-cabin/) you should check it out. It really demonstrates the benefits of this continuum of capabilities from my desk, to the plane, to the client, to home, etc. I can’t wait until I have more options to ‘dock’ with monitors from place to place other than just as work and home!

      Hope you’ll continue to follow along for the next 9 months and discover what it means to be mobile-only!

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