Limited Storage Netbooks
So what do you get if you're not up to a tablet with no keyboard … a netbook! This is a small laptop usually with a 10 to 11 inch screen, no CD, no spinning hard disk and most have no fan either. A lot of them also have a touch-screen that makes them more like a tablet but with an attached or detachable keyboard. The biggest issue however is that people expect them to be a replacement for their existing PC or larger laptop … but this is not the case! Your existing system has the ability to store acres of stuff; pictures, music and videos but your netbook can’t as it has limited storage.
To overcome this you have to change the way you work. Firstly, use an email system that stores everything on the web: Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook.com and many others provide a very workable email system that integrates into your netbook and uses no storage at all. When you get home you’ll find that everything you’ve done whilst away is neatly synchronised with your home system. Secondly, use the free online storage provided by your email account: Google give you 15gb of storage and Microsoft Onedrive gives you 5gb of free space. Use this to upload your photos and videos you’ve taken whilst away every time you have some free wifi provided by your hotel, restaurant or airport lounge.
Listening to music requires a little more inventiveness and requires that you sign-up for one of the on-line services: Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Amazon and Apple Music to name but a few. With one of these you can download a playlist or album when you’ve got wifi, play it when you want, delete it when finished and download some more … Simples! Of course, when you’ve got wifi you can stream whatever you like.
Finally, if you really want to be able to do all this when you’re on the move and have no wifi then you’ll need to have a mobile phone that can generate its own wifi hotspot, and a mobile phone data plan that supports this. Then when you want to browse the internet or listen to some music when you’re in the middle off a field you just turn on your mobile hotspot and away you go.
As always you know where to come if you need any help!
Added: 5th July 2017