A Cheap And Portable Word Processor
For some time, I’ve lamented the massive bloatware that passes for today’s software. Back in college, four years worth of work fit on just 20 megabytes of hard disk. Now I get that much just in email before 10 AM.
Along with bloat comes a lack of battery life. I swear that my laptop lasts less than an hour when it’s unplugged.
I’ve had on my wishlist a cheap and portable word processor that would let me write when I’m on the plane, at a conference etc. Plain text would be fine, as long as I could transfer it to my laptop later.
Lo and behold, I ran across this article on Slashdot. Eagerly scanning the comments, it seemed like the best choices were the QuickPad and AlphaSmart lines of portable word processors. Alas, these cost $300-600 new, and even cost $200 on eBay. I was just about to give up when I decided to give Froogle a try. There, on the first page of search results, was a used QuickPad for just $29.99.
I quickly ordered the QuickPad, and hope that it arrives in time for me to take on my trip and provide you, my loyal readers, with a review.