Since I am doing the Adjunct Hustle this semester (travelling between 3 schools to teach 5 classes), I have been considering lugging my laptop to work with me. Only one school provides me with a cubicle to call my own — the other two maybe-kinda-sorta have a spot for me to sit, but with no guarantee that I will have access to a computer.
There’s only one problem: my laptop is a beast.
My laptop was a birthday present from my hubby, and he made sure that I got one with a hefty graphics card so that I could game. Mind you, this was pre-grad school, when I had a cozy bank job and free time to play video games.
I love my laptop. It’s big, it’s bad, and it makes my Sims 3 experience incredible. But carrying it to school was a real pain — literally, as I had to walk 15 minutes from my parking spot to the building where my classes were. Add in student papers for grading, literary theory textbooks and thesis sources, and you’re looking at the recipe for a massive backache.
Oh em gee. The Chromebook. The answer to my prayers! It’s lightweight, comes in shades of aqua, and will not kill me to carry around. How does technology keep getting cooler? And wow, it’s only $250 or so!
Freeze! Hands up, and step away from the computer.
I do not need to spend $250 for the convenience of carrying a light laptop. So I did what any frugal, creative person would do.
I synced my Kindle Fire to my hubby’s bluetooth keyboard.
The keyboard is made to fit an iPad, so my Kindle looks a little silly being propped up on it. But for no additional cost, I created my own version of the Chromebook: a piece of technology that is lightweight, easily tucked in my purse, and that allows me to use Google Docs to work on projects on the go, answer emails, and procrastinate anything remotely important with its internet access.
I may splurge and spend $30 on a Kindle-sized keyboard… or I may not, since I imagine the keys would be so ridiculously tiny that I would have a hard time typing. Either way, I’m not going to spend money on a piece of technology that I want only for convenience — and for the pretty aqua coloring, of course.
Does new technology tempt you? What ways have you improvised, or made your old technology fit your new needs?