I’ve always been a minimalist person of sort, I hate having things laying around and I always prefer to get rid of things that I don’t need, one phone and one laptop seemed like the way to go for ages (If I could get a device that fits all, I would do it), but that all came to a screeching halt one day.

A rude awakening 

One day I was cleaning my laptop and applying thermal grease, I got carried away and started cleaning the fan forcefully, and before I know it, I broke several blades! It’s a long story that you can find on this link, which taught me an important lesson:

Being too minimalist can backfire, big time!

Everyone needs a backup plan, be it a backup of your files and folders (you can find a tutorial on how to do an image for windows here, and how to make a Linux backup here), or a backup device to carry on when everything is lost, it’s all about creating a balance between minimalism and not affording downtime.

Ideas to stay working

Having a phone with USB OTG can be useful, connect it to a full sized keyboard and you have yourself a typing interface combining the easy controls of the keyboard, and the battery life of the phone, it’s alien and a makeshift, but it gets the job done in a hurry, I’ll post about my requirements for a phone short enough.

Netbooks for the win

You can always have a light weight cheap Netbook to do some typing on the go, which won’t replace your desktop setting, but is great for typing away in a coffee shop (if you have 10 hour power outage a day, you will frequent a coffee shop to work!), I got one myself and blogged about it so feel free to check it out from here.

These are just ideas I suggested, you know your flow and what works best for you, and try to make it work.

What is your idea of a backup plan, does it involve another computer? Or are you the laptop hating kind?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.