Living on a remote glacier for 6 months out of the year can take its toll on a web developer, especially since the web is ever changing. Keeping up with changes without access to internet and very limited electricity make it a bit hard to keep up with the field. We take it for granted in our homes that we can just plug in and go online but what do you do when you live on limited resources and no wifi?
I ended up buying a netbook for about $300 at the beginning of last season. I figured it would be a cheap way to keep up with my managerial notes and make quick changes to the sites I manage (though I can only upload the changes once a week). The netbook was so much more than I thought it would be. It was able to hold its charge for quite a while and I was able to save many of the design blogs I followed. This lead to me studying in the evenings and bad weather days instead of only playing Risk or Farkle.
I was able to make all the changes to the websites and have the files ready to upload when I got to the ground for my day off. On the ground, all I had to do was plug in and let FileZilla do its work. This saved so much of my time off of the glacier since I didn’t have to spend time on the ground coding. Thank you Acer for your netbook!