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The hard-core business traveler needs to take a desktop-replacement laptop on the road. There's no getting around it. And having immediate access to that laptop while on the road, in a plane, in an airport, and such is essential.
PDAs attempt (poorly) to fill this gap and are currently the poor
traveler's only option. Synchronization is a pain and even if you have the appropriate "viewier" on the PDA, invariably, whatever document you need isn't transfered to it or wouldn't fit in the limited RAM available.
What is needed is a PDA that is little more than a Remote Desktop client that operates via Bluetooth to a laptop server that can be stored in a backpack or any carry-on luggage. This would allow the traveler to have constant access to anything on the laptop and a form factor that is easily used while sitting in coach.
Using Terminal Services on Pocket PC
Control a laptop or a server and anything in between. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]
Remote Desktop for PPC
$15 RDP utility. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]
Several orders of magnitude more expensive [tiromancer, Dec 23 2004]
Small touch screen
Only about one order of magnitude more expensive [tiromancer, Dec 23 2004]
News about unreasonably small computers
Which cost more than some automobiles [tiromancer, Dec 23 2004]
a fine palm top with windows xp [neilp, Dec 24 2004]
||Interesting idea! But in practice, I'd just use a smaller laptop. Disks have gotten so tiny (20-40 gigs in an ipod, for crying out loud) for storage not really to be an issue.
||An RDP client exists (and has for several years) for Win CE and also for Win Mobile (Pocket PC). It can work via WiFi but I'm not sure about Bluetooth.
||Hitachi just released their 60GB drives for iPod.
||My Googling for such a device brought me here. How about the backpack laptop is headless and keyboardless to keep down cost and size ? The Microsolutions backpack wifi server with 120GB hard drive looks possible, this is portable but not mobile, i.e. would need a battery pack. Also I don't know if it could be hacked to get at the server component.
||I don't really get it, PDAs are remote desktop clients: with wifi you can connect to anywhere via FTP/RDP/VNC, and with a 1gb SD card, you can store pretty much anything you want locally.
||get an unreasonably small palmtop (see links).