Lugging my MacBook was a labor in and of itself yesterday morning. I am used to just carrying my iPod Touch which I have learned to use as a savvy mini computer. The urge to buy it came when I wanted to work on NaNoWriMo, and I figured I could use it to write on. I would say about three-fourths of the story was written on the train with the Touch. I would not have been able to finish it without it. But the MacBook was needed because I was planning to post a new Bits and Pieces today--which will appear here in two weeks--and I cannot edit well on the Touch because it is hard to position the cursor among other things.
But sitting in my favorite ubiquitous cafe, I could not get WiFi on the MacBook, only the Touch which I could not edit on and found out much to my dismay that I was not going to be able to do edits the way I had planned to. I was so frustrated this post was born right then, as I ordered a decaf soy cappucino. As much as we are able to enjoy mobile writing, Internet and social networking, there are downfalls to those very things.
I hate when I am on Twitter and I want to retweet something and it is too long to retweet on the Touch, but if I was on the MacBook it would be a non issue. Or when the network drops and you do not even realize it has dropped and then realize that you have been offline and missed out on a lot of things that you thought you did. Or when you have WiFi in some apps and not in others--the others that you want like Mail or Twitterific!
If I had not had the weird WiFi issue, here would have been my newest Bits and Pieces, instead is my rambling about the downside of a good thing. Believe me it is a good thing when technology goes right, when I am able to work offline in Mail and type a story or blog post and it updates as soon as I have WiFi. The current story I am working on I have never even written on a computer, it was all written on the train on the Touch. Once I was talking to a guy who told me he could tell I was a native New Yorker because I told him I could only read on the train. Now I read and write best on the train, cafes are reserved for social networking. Usually it is a very good life until technology reminds me with all of its advances it is not infallible. Sigh.