I’m down at the Intel mothership in Santa Clara, CA today, for some meetings. I’m actually sitting in the lobby of the Robert Noyce Building, which is super swank – I’ll post some photos soon. This is actually the first time I’ve been to Intel in Santa Clara, and I decided to make this day trip an experiment in the feasibility of traveling and working with only an Ultra Mobile PC – my Asus R2H.
So far, it’s been great. I only had to carry one small bag – a little lumbar bag that I’ve been using to carry the R2H and its accessories (power brick, ThinkOutside Bluetooth keyboard, wireless mouse, etc.). No worries about luggage or even stowing a carryon. I didn’t get to the PDX airport in time to enjoy the free WiFi, but if I had, I would have been able to do some browsing/feed reading before my flight.
When I landed in San Jose and got my rental car, I used the GPS capability of the R2H (along with an app called iGuidance that I’m trying out) to do navigation, and get directions to Intel (though I confess I used my Windows Mobile phone to look up the address on Google Mobile – it’s just quicker to use that device, which is always connected, than to futz around with trying to get online on the UMPC where there’s no WiFi). My rental car also had a NeverLost GPS, which I’ve never used before, so I ran both at the same time, listening to both sets of directions. They both gave the same directions, and got me here with no problems.
Now, I’m here in the lobby, with my little mobile gadget spread. No one has stopped to ask about it (a common occurrence when I take a new gadget out in public :-)), but then, this is Intel, so maybe they’re not surprised.
I’m going to post this, maybe upload a couple of pictures, check email, and then head off to check out the Intel Museum Store before my meeting.
So far, so good on traveling light with only a UMPC – no need for a bulky laptop bag, and there’s nothing I feel like I’m “missing”, in terms of what kind of work I could get done with this setup (compared to a laptop). I love the Ultra Mobile lifestyle!