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Posted by Tim on Oct 22, 2006
Backpacking with a Laptop?

Hi Natalya!

We did in fact travel with a laptop, but seldom used it in internet cafes (we preferred for it to keep a low profile). That said, the once or twice that we did take our laptop to an internet cafe (for instance, when we were doing our taxes), we didn't have any problems getting online.

One thing we did carry, which served us very well, was a USB card reader (specifically, the SanDisk MobileMate SD+ 5-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader). We could insert our camera card into this little cigarette-lighter-sized stick, and plug it into the USB port on the computer at the internet cafe. I'd say this worked about 99% of the time, as opposed to trying to plug our camera into the computer, which we soon stopped bothering to attempt because the MobilMate worked so well.

Hope this helps!

Happy Travels,
Tim (and Jessica too)

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Jessica the hedgehog
April 12, 2009 at 6:14pm

That said, the once or twice that we did take our laptop to an internet cafe (for instance, when we were doing our taxes)…

That is an experience I do not soon want to repeat! Doing taxes at home in the States is bad enough, but doing them in Bangkok (when you'd much rather be out exploring the city or eating Pad Thai from food carts) is not fun in the slightest. :)


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