Travels with a Laptop

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Have you ever discovered, after arriving at your hotel in a foreign country, that you can't access your e-mail because there is no socket for your laptop computer? Or realized that, although there is a socket, the plug on your laptop doesn't fit into it? These and other problems faces by business travelers and anyone traveling with a laptop are addressed in this handy 'Laptop Companion'. In non-technical language, this book sets out to demystify modems, acoustic couplers, telephone plugs and communications ...
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Overview

Have you ever discovered, after arriving at your hotel in a foreign country, that you can't access your e-mail because there is no socket for your laptop computer? Or realized that, although there is a socket, the plug on your laptop doesn't fit into it? These and other problems faces by business travelers and anyone traveling with a laptop are addressed in this handy 'Laptop Companion'. In non-technical language, this book sets out to demystify modems, acoustic couplers, telephone plugs and communications software in an attempt to help you communicate from anywhere in the world via your laptop. This useful guide offers you advice on which computers and modems are best for traveling and how to use them; detailed explanations on how to use your laptop to send faxes and how to log on to online services from hotel rooms, pay phones, cell phones and even satellite systems; tips on getting your laptop safely through customs and security; real-life stories and anecdotes based on problems encountered by the author in his own world travels; and an overview of online service providers, troubleshooting tips, an equipment guide and a glossary of terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850321644
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/15/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Which Computer? 9
Basic Requirements 9
Palmtops: The Limitations 10
Palmtops: The Advantages 13
Palmtops: Three Popular Makes 15
The Notepad - A Hybrid 19
Notebooks and Sub-notebooks: The Requirements 22
Notebook or Sub-notebook? 30
Two Laptops 30
Portable Printers 32
Modems 36
2 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - and Boats 45
Checklist and Essentials 45
Insurance and Maintenance 49
Data Security 51
On-Site Maintenance 52
Customs and Excise Clearance 53
Other Modes of Transport 67
The Delights of Customs and Immigration 69
3 Phoning Home 73
From Business Suite to Satellite 73
Connecting from a Hotel 74
4 Hard-wiring and Acoustic Couplers 99
The Road Warrior Kit 99
Finding the Hidden Socket 102
Hard-wiring and Tapping: The Legalities 106
Isn't There an Easier Way? 109
Coupling Acoustically 109
Cutting the Costs 119
5 In the Office and on the Road 125
Connecting from the Office 125
The Private House 127
In Hospital 127
Payphones 128
Public Telephones with Data Sockets 130
Cellular Communications 135
Logging on via the Heavens 140
6 Real-life Examples 145
Taming the Telephone in Cuba 145
To Viareggio and Florence 151
Online at 1200 Feet 156
7 The Service Providers 161
The Service Providers: CompuServe 162
The Service Providers: America Online 170
The Service Providers: MCI Mail 172
The Service Providers: Prodigy 175
The Service Providers: The Internet 176
Glossary 187
Index 193
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