I have been considering getting a netbook for quite a while now, and finally at the end of this month I will have the money to do so. Now is the moment I have been dreading, decision time.
I think it will be a great asset, it will be a useful tool for my family history research (and blogging) but the problem is that it is not essential for what I do. Sure it will probably make my life easier, but do I really need it?
There are lots of things I could use it for, the main one is probably for note taking at archives or libraries, but several other uses have come to mind as I wrestle with whether to buy or not.
- I would like to use it as a temporary digital photo album. In connection with my external hard drive I could use it to share my digital photos, and especially my family history photos, where I can also use it to capture memories and additional information.
- I love the idea of being able to blog and check email while I am away from home, perhaps even when I am out walking.
- I would love to have access to the internet when I am out and about, so I can check train times, ending eBay auctions etc.
- I want to have something else to do on the bus going to and from work. Just think how much work I could get done in that half hour each way.
- With a small scanner I can take it with me when visiting family members as a portable scanning unit for photos and documents.
- Of course I would have my family history loaded on there so I can show everyone and anyone my family tree at the drop of a hat.
But still at the back of my mind is the nagging fact that I don’t actually need it, it is more of a convenience rather than a necessity.
So if you have a netbook please let me know in the comments what you use it for? What interesting ways have you found to use it in your research? I need all the help I can get to convince myself that I should have one.