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The Diary
Anne Ku

8 January 2001 Monday



NO sooner had I learned to use my laptop, it has become a necessity in my travels. I don't know if I'd ever return to my desk top computer.

In a yellow cab bound for Manhattan, I took out my laptop to get the address of Hotel Avalon, for which I had written a review six months before. If not for that, I wouldn't have known how to direct the driver. My laptop saved the day.

In my hotel room, I logged onto the Internet to get my email. This saved me a trip to the office in the cold.

On the road, I typed my thoughts on my laptop. Otherwise I would have had to take notes in my notebook and transcribe it to the computer later. My laptop saved me time.

N ow as I type this diary entry on my laptop, I wonder what life would be like without it. I'll just have to get a smaller and lighter laptop - perhaps an HP Jornada 720.

From Father 13 Jan:
Surprised to read your diary writen even while you were jetsetting. Is a laptop a notebook computer and you can transmit what you write to your website without a wire? and "coup up" means confine? Recently I read Lao Tze, whose only book "Tao Te Ching" consisted of 5,000 characters and was translated into English and other languages. It is said in the Western world only the Bible surpasses his book in terms of the number of copies printed. I may give you the English version of the first chapter of his book if you have not read it.
As for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," I'll see the movie next week since it will be at least a year before it can be available in videotape. According to what I read through the Internet, the movie has won lots of favorable reviews. One says it is a mix of The Matrix and martial arts. Have you seen the movie The Matrix?