I decided to write this article after reading about Ubuntu's recent demonstration showing the use of a smart phone running Ubuntu as a desktop computer.
Whilst on the train I do many of the tasks that need to be done each week. Recently though I have been using my phone rather than my laptop to perform these tasks and there are few tasks that really require me using a computer at home (or on the train).
Last Friday I managed to fill in a timesheet, raise an invoice, pay monthly salaries, add money to my son's school lunch card, book the following week's train tickets and book a hotel. I achieved all these tasks in the space of about 25 minutes.
Had I tried doing this on a laptop running Windows 10 it would still have been installing the updates.
On the journey home I had a good think about what I really need a computer for and what other people really need computers for and I wonder whether we spend too much time going wow about things we don't really need to focus on.
There are of course certain tasks that either can't be done on a phone due to it's size or it would be too fiddly and not a good experience.
Here are a list of things I still use my laptop for at home and to be honest there aren't many of them.
- Writing letters
- Writing articles for this site and linux.about.com
- Writing scripts and small programs for the Raspberry PI