A while back, it occurred to me that there was a much bigger world out there; I was getting restless. I had lived my entire life in the same country, and I wanted to experience more. I would move to a new country. At the same time, I decided that I would take along only those belongings that would fit in four suitcases; everything else would have to go. This decision would change my life. Along the way, it also converted me from a desktop PC user to a notebook user.
At that time my PC was already a critical part of my life. Naturally I would need to bring it with me. It held e-mails, letters, documents, and records, some of which had key information I needed, and some of which was irreplaceable for sentimental reasons. In addition, the PC was the tool I planned to use to make a living, since I could do my online work from anywhere in the world. But would it be possible to pack the desktop in a suitcase? And what about the monitor and other peripherals? It quickly became clear that converting from a desktop PC to a notebook would resolve these difficulties.
I carefully researched the offerings and found a notebook that suited my needs. Now I needed to turn the new notebook into the functional equivalent of my old PC, by moving all my personal stuff from one to the other.
Using some inexpensive specialized software, I found it was a simple task to move the files from my old PC to my new notebook. Now I could use my notebook for all the same things I had been using my desktop for, and it would fit very comfortably in my carry-on. Since the display, keyboard, and mouse were built in to the notebook, the notebook replaced all of those items as well as the desktop tower. But this was only the first step.
There were other things I owned that had never been part of my desktop, which I realized I could add to my notebook — photographs, music, and documentation. I proceeded to load my notebook with the music from all my CDs, plus my old vinyl records and cassette tapes. With a bit more effort, I also scanned in hundreds of photos and papers that I wanted to take along.
It seemed like magic! My notebook was no bigger than it had been when I had bought it brand new, but now it held not only all of the information from my old PC, but also the information from hundreds of CDs, tapes, records, documents, and photos. I couldn’t believe the miracle that technology made possible. By taking my notebook with me to my new country, I would be taking a much greater part of my life than I had expected I could. It was like a dream come true.
After that marathon effort loading a good portion of my life’s essential elements onto that wondrously small box, I continued my planning and preparation, and eventually made the big move. In hindsight, I can easily say that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And truly, the notebook was the miracle that made it possible.Author: Matthew Kerridge