I had almost forgotten I should post today. As such, expect randomness.
Three day weekend and I'm off on the road, posting once again through blogpress on the iPad. Excepting the fact that it can't do formatting (which I miss for my footnotes) this is actually surprisingly robust (though the dedicated Wordpress software seems a bit stronger), So that said, Monday will be my fifth day on the road, and I haven't really missed my laptop at all. The only thing I want it for is to review the photographs I've taken, but that's not really a pressing concern. It can easily wait until I'm home at my desk.
That said, it has hardly been a fair test. Because I've been visiting family, the amount of time I'd WANT to spend on a computer has been pretty minimal. That means that while I've consumed (read comments and email, mostly) I have not really had time to sit down and produce, so comments (some substantial and interesting) and emails (ditto) have gone unanswered. That's a shame, but it's not something I can really blame on the Ipad.
The external keyboard setup is mostly proving superior to toting around a laptop excepting in a few situations. So long as there's a work surface, it rocks, but for more awkward positions (like in bed) it's rough.
Connectivity's been a bit of an issue, but it's Vermont, and it's been equally problematic on my Verizon phone, so no points lost there.
As a random aside, this is the first long trip we've taken with NO physical maps in the car, depending entirely on my droid or the ipad for maps. It was good we had redundancy, but it turned out we could rely on one or the other wherever we went, even up into the mountains or out on the Champlain islands.
As with all trips to Vermont, it was marred by the sheer volume of things that I didn't get to go see or do, but it was better than usual. If you're in Burlington, the aquarium on the waterfront (which was new to me) is a fantastic place to take a kid. Jamie had an absolute blast, pointing at the glass and loudly declaring "Ish! Ish!"