Computing While Vacationing

We used to get picked on for vacationing with electronics.  Being the line of work I am in I am almost required to have one with me when I go away.  Being a computer technician has its downfalls sometimes, but it is a great field to be in.  Over the last few trips we have found how invaluable having our laptop computers while on vacation has proven to be.  During the last 2 trips we have been able to get our blogging done, do research, check emails, and a lot more that we couldn’t do while away.  Being a Disney Vacation Club Member has its perks.  One of the most convenient to us is the FREE internet while at the DVC resorts.  They even supply the Cat5 cable.  All you have to do is bring your portables and connect.  Keep in mind that wired access is FREE, and WiFi access is a chargeable item.

We have also found them convenient for a second reason.  We take on average 400-500 photos during a relaxed trip.  On heavier planned trips we take sometimes 2-3 times that many photos.  Being able to download them straight into the computer is much better a solution than purchasing additional SD cards, or even using a bigger card.  I am against these solutions because you can lose the memory cards, or the memory cards could accidentally be wiped out by magnets, etc.

When you vacation do you take a laptop?  What do you use it for?

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Multiple Computers In A DVC Resorts

On our past trip to Disney I made an inquiry into how 2 computers could be connected to the internet.  We needed this because I am always working, and if a customer was to call, and need support I would have to be online in a flash, and wouldn’t be able to wait for wife, or little one to finish anything they were doing.  This trip a customer called because they needed me to see why a online backup failed.  Anyway, I was sent over to the IT dept. for the internet, and the tech was very nice.  He advised me that all I would have to bring would be either a wired router, wired hub, or a wireless router.  He told me that a wireless access point would be the best way to go.  I picked up a very inexpensive D-Link wireless acess point.  It was very easy to use.  Plug it in, and surf.  The bad part was that I didn’t take the time to secure the access point.  I didn’t need to use the internet much, but it was very convenient, and inexpensive.

So if you need to have more than 1 computer hooked up while you are away in a DVC resort, then all you need to get is a wireless access point, or a wired network hub.

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Disney Portable Computing

ASUS has teamed up with Disney, and is creating a new item that will be termed the Disney Netpal.  This is a small unit similar to the current netbooks.

I guess that Disney really wants to get their hands into everything.  Food, Games, Electronics, and more.

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Here are the specifications as publicized…

  • OS: Genuine Windows® XP Home
  • Display: 8.9” LED-backlit WSVGA screen (1024×600)
  • CPU: Intel® ATOM N270
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
  • RAM: DDR2 SO-DIMM 1GB
  • Storage: 160GB HDD
  • Interface: 1 x VGA port (D-sub 15-pin for external monitor); 3 x USB 2.0 ports; 1 x LAN RJ-45;
    2 x audio jacks: Headphone / Mic-in
  • Camera: 0.3 M Pixel
  • Reader: MMC and SD (SDHC supported)
  • Audio: Hi-definition audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speakers; Analog Mic
  • Battery: 4200mAh Polymer, 5hrs
  • weight: 1.2kg with battery
  • Casing colors: Princess Pink, Magic Blue
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