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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

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Desktop
  927 votes / 5%
Laptop
  4052 votes / 24%
Tablet
  2731 votes / 16%
Smartphone
  5799 votes / 34%
E-Reader
  570 votes / 3%
Game console
163 votes / 0%
I stay away from electronics on vacation
  1837 votes / 10%
I'm Amish, you insensitive clod!
  698 votes / 4%
16777 total votes.
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What computing device do you use most while on vacation?

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  • Obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @05:38PM (#45783655)

    The last two options seem somewhat redundant.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      If anyone on Facetwit@email.whatever can still get a hold of me I'm not really on vacation.

    • Re:Obligatory (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @06:47PM (#45784037)

      I sit at a computer 9 hours a day working - not just the normal "email and Excel" type stuff, but maintaining web servers, so I don't think I qualify as Amish. What that means for my vacation is that I'm going to spend all of my time looking at *anything* but a screen. I find it more fulfilling to experience the landscape and culture of the place I'm visiting instead of staying plugged in to the same Matrix I already spend the other 99% of my life in.
       
      Another interesting note might be that a few years ago my power was knocked out for 2 solid weeks after a hurricane. Although I really missed the power for certain things like air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration, etc - computers/internet were not on that list. For a day I thought I missed them, then I started to enjoy the breather. Being outside, walking, reading on a swing, smoking a few joints... it was actually a very nice two weeks with zero internet.

      • by JustOK (667959) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @09:22PM (#45784891) Journal

        The power came on after an hour. You were just too stoned to notice.

      • Re:Obligatory (Score:4, Interesting)

        by multimediavt (965608) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @01:47AM (#45786095)

        I sit at a computer 9 hours a day working - not just the normal "email and Excel" type stuff, but maintaining web servers, so I don't think I qualify as Amish. What that means for my vacation is that I'm going to spend all of my time looking at *anything* but a screen. I find it more fulfilling to experience the landscape and culture of the place I'm visiting instead of staying plugged in to the same Matrix I already spend the other 99% of my life in.

        Having only 9 hour days would *BE* a vacation for me.

        • I agree, if I could disconnect and turn off the cell phone after 9 hours it would be like a vacation. Most of my vacation time gets used up for weddings, funerals, and family emergencies.

          At work I support VDI servers, services, and users. {occasionally I'll have an opportunity for some development, patches for vdi or some web apps here and there}

          I did take an actual vacation at the beginning of the year that consisted of me staying home and working on some foss, not the same as what I do at work and far mor

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by DexterIsADog (2954149)

          I sit at a computer 9 hours a day working - not just the normal "email and Excel" type stuff, but maintaining web servers, so I don't think I qualify as Amish. What that means for my vacation is that I'm going to spend all of my time looking at *anything* but a screen. I find it more fulfilling to experience the landscape and culture of the place I'm visiting instead of staying plugged in to the same Matrix I already spend the other 99% of my life in.

          Having only 9 hour days would *BE* a vacation for me.

          Since the tone of your post sounds like you don't love working more than 9 hours a day, you need to reexamine your career choices. Why do you put up with it? I don't work more than 8 hours/day normally, and only go to 10 or so hours when there's an actual business need. And I make sure the people who report to me don't get stuck in that trap of permanent emergency either.

          • Since the tone of your post sounds like you don't love working more than 9 hours a day, you need to reexamine your career choices. Why do you put up with it? I don't work more than 8 hours/day normally, and only go to 10 or so hours when there's an actual business need. And I make sure the people who report to me don't get stuck in that trap of permanent emergency either.

            Simple. Only job I could find a year ago and there hasn't been another available. Can't afford to move from the area and it's really difficult to emigrate from the small rural college town where I work. A lot of valid reasons. Trying to make the situation better, but that takes time. Right now it's Hell. Thanks for asking.

      • Re:Obligatory (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Jason Levine (196982) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @12:32PM (#45788143)

        Once a week, I observe Shabbat by not using my computers or smartphone (except in case of emergency). It's partly religious observance, but if I'm really being honest it's mostly a time to force myself to unplug, spend time with my family, and not become a work-a-holic. There are times (especially when things slow down) that I feel the urge to whip out the old smartphone and check Twitter, but I resist and enjoy the time offline.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by tedgyz (515156)

        Amen!

        I want to actually observe the world around me on vacation. I noticed when I was in D.C. visiting all the memorials, so many people were staring at their phone claiming foursquare badges, etc.

        Likewise, when I am outdoors doing something like skiing, I don't want to listen to music. I want to hear the world around me. Sometimes, the silence is deafening.

        • by xystren (522982)

          Sometimes, the silence is deafening.

          When that occurs, I know it is going to be some great times. I remember the first time I experienced it, I was camping, at least a hundred KM from any form of civilization, and being in the tent, I couldn't get over how loud the silence was. It was unnerving for that first night, but now it is something that I really miss, and when I get the chance to encounter it again, it is something I truly cherish.

          Only a few people that I've discussed the experience with have "got it

          • by tedgyz (515156)

            Seems we both get it. Glad to find a kindred spirit. I enjoy the great outdoors in New Hampshire.

      • by Krneki (1192201)

        Exactly.

        I'm a sysadmin for both Windows and Linux and a hard-core gamer. When finally on vacation the last thing I do is to use the phone or laptop. For me free time is all about enjoying the company and myself in the new environment.

    • The last two options seem somewhat redundant.

      Not even a little. One can disconnect/unplug once in awhile without being a Luddite.

    • And there is no 'What vacation?' option...
  • Vacation? (Score:5, Funny)

    by DNAgent (31914) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @05:58PM (#45783757)

    What is this vacation of which you speak?

    • by stcm (1168329)
      I had a vacation about 20 years ago.
    • by antdude (79039)

      Vacations as in no work, schools, etc. ;)

    • by craznar (710808)

      I too am unfamiliar with this term.

      From research, the term vacation and computing device seem incompatible.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by jonadab (583620)

      A "vacation" is a work week wherein you're only mandated to do urgent things, like fix actual problems (usually: printers). You don't have to work on any long-term projects, and you don't have to sit at your desk certain hours just because it's that time of day. If you somehow manage to get all of the computers in the building working right, you can actually leave for a while, until they have another problem and call you.

    • by evilviper (135110)

      What is this vacation of which you speak?

      "Vacation" is what most people call it, but the technical name is "Unemployment"...

    • by gronofer (838299)
      If you don't work, you don't get vacations :( Which has serious consequences, namely not having a valid poll option to select.
    • For I , a paid vacation is being laid off and drawing unemployment. I hear about other people getting paid for not working a few weeks but then they eventually join me and my type of vacation.
  • Best of both worlds, really. I mostly use it as a tablet, which is great for eBooks, casual surfing, games, music, videos, and so on, but attach the keyboard and it's more than capable as a basic netbook if I need to compose an email or anything else requiring a lot of typing. The ability to top up the tablet's battery from the keyboard part is nice too.
    • by jedidiah (1196)

      Kind of needed a CD drive on my last vacation. It was a strange situation. Of course I was not expecting it at all.

      My Android phone will happily use a CD drive if you manage to connect one to it. It just never occurred to me to have such a device with my on my last vacation.

    • by tylikcat (1578365)

      Asus Transformer?

      I often travel with just my phone and transformer tablet - but it doesn't work as a development platform, so if I think I might be cutting any code I need the real box. (It depends on the trip. This time I broght it along because I'm playing with some new simulations, and spending a couple of weeks away from home... and am really glad because I've been exposed to influenza a, and am quarantining myself for the day. But if I know I'm going to be doing martial arts 9.5 hours a day, usually th

  • by Holi (250190) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @06:25PM (#45783933)

    Phone goes in chart table and the only electronic device used is the depth sounder when I go gunkholing.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      gunkholing

      What is that a euphemism for?

  • Netbook (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    My 2008 Acer Aspire One netbook still serves me fine. A bit more performance would be nice at times, but apparently "small, affordable, with keyboard, runs Windows" is not something the market is all too interested in.

    • by bobjr94 (1120555)
      Yep, my old 100hd eeepc works for me. Built in keyboard that does not need to be charged or synced, several full size usb ports, a cheap last years model SSD makes it boot xp fast and give 5-6 hours of life on a 30$ extended battery. I have a full size laptop and several tablets but the old netbook still wins for size vs usability.
  • That's what I'm on this vacation. It would have been my XP desktop mostly, but that had an electrolytic capacitor pop last Friday, and now fails to boot. I've been too lazy to take it apart and fix it. (I fix electronics, computers and lab gear for a living. So phooey on doing that until I go back to work January 2nd.)

    Oddly, most of my laptops are far more powerful than any of the desktops I regularly use (I7s versus P4s).

  • I'd vote for "What is a vacation?"

    Instead, I'll just use what I use on a weekend, which is usually my smartphone, secondarily a 7" tablet.

  • by antdude (79039) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @09:55PM (#45785045) Homepage Journal

    But I rarely go out on vacation UNLESS it is urgent. I am usually at home. If I go out, I am usually offline.

  • For the people that noted what's a vacation, you need to get a life.

    my recent vacations have been where there are few phones. I'd occasionally manage to get a wi-fi connection to exchange a few emails.

    From a highway, I've walked to where there is no cell service, in the Northeast US. On a sailboat, no land in sight ....
    I worked in the cell phone industry in the '90's, starting in '90. I knew about being connected before it was popular.

    Learn to let go.
    • by DirePickle (796986) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @12:32AM (#45785815)

      From a highway, I've walked to where there is no cell service

      This is ten feet from a highway in any direction, if you have T-Mobile.

      • by twocows (1216842) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @04:18PM (#45789851)
        I know it was a joke, but T-Mobile are the good guys in terms of carriers from what I understand, and they're actually working to upgrade their infrastructure. I don't think you should be taking pot-shots at them while Verizon fights tooth-and-nail to get net neutrality overturned, etc.
        • by BingmanO (1365957)
          Verizon has the best coverage, alongside AT&T but you're right, T-Mobile fights for the user, where Verizon is pretty much MCP.
      • I live in the suburbs of a major east coast city. I know back roads that have no service from any carrier. Hills and low population density. The value of the homes on those roads is very high. I guess they don't care if there's no cell service at home. Not everyone wants to be reachable.
      • by BingmanO (1365957)
        Ha, or sprint...
      • by bobjr94 (1120555)
        We have tmobile and we have driven for hours on major freeways (interstates even) with either no service, or data service so poor its unusable. We have pulled into starbucks and mccdonalds many times to steal some wifi, get our messages and gps directions then be back on our way.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      For the people that noted what's a vacation, you need to get a life.

      Fuck you.

      I literally cannot afford such luxuries and I can't imagine I'm alone. Not everyone gets paid time off, or even holidays. Even if I were to spend a week relaxing at home, I'd end up using my credit cards as a crutch, taking multiple months to pay them off again. To do anything else, I'd have to get a fucking loan.

      • by Patch86 (1465427)

        In the UK, everyone has a statutory right to time off as long as they're on a permanent contract. For a full time employee on a normal contract, it's 28 days per year (including public holidays).

        If your country does not have such a thing, I suggest you raise it on your political agenda. Write your congressman, etc, Protecting workers' rights is an important sign of being a civilized society. Or you could emigrate. Whichever is easier really.

      • For the people that noted what's a vacation, you need to get a life.

        Fuck you.

        I literally cannot afford such luxuries and I can't imagine I'm alone. Not everyone gets paid time off, or even holidays. Even if I were to spend a week relaxing at home, I'd end up using my credit cards as a crutch, taking multiple months to pay them off again. To do anything else, I'd have to get a fucking loan.

        Judging from your attitude, I'd say you need to take the GP's advice. Even if you don't spend any money, find some way to unwind.

    • A few years back I had a manager that didn't believe me that I would unable to be reached by cell phone while on vacation. He wanted to to know how to get a hold of me in case there was an emergency and I told him I would be somewhere in here (pointing to the vast wilderness of norther Minnesota) and said to hire some trained trackers and a pack of blood hounds.
      • The BWCAW is one of those wonderful places to unwind. Heck forget cell overage or tablets, we are talking no CARS! Canoe only. The last cell tower is in Ely anyway. In three weeks I go ice fishing on Mille Lacs and there is no way any internet connected device is coming along. (Ok, the GPS with the lake chip doesn't count, or else I won't find 2 1/2 mile reef. Mmmm, walleye.)
      • Learn to sail.
        Take a vacation crewing on a sailboat crossing the Atlantic.

        It your boss is willing to spring for an Iridium phone, you're reachable. Not that you could get back any faster.

        The trip gives you a different perspective on the world, among other things.
        • That sounds like fun, but I'm a coastal sailor only. BVI is my favorite sailing destination, with Newport and Sarasota behind it.

          I just don't want my vacation stories to include, "...and after the storm passed, we counted the crew and cut off what remained of the mast with a chain saw."
  • When I'm on the motorcycle, I use the phone and camera for taking pictures and upload them to the tablet as a backup. I use the tablet to read ebooks at night when I'm in my tent. I have planned a motorcycle trip to Alaska for June so I'll be likely using the phone and tablet for the same purpose. Pictures, backup, and reading.

    My last vacation back in October was a Rocksmith watch. The new 2014 was coming out on the 22nd so I spent a week on my desktop waiting for the game to become available or on the guit

  • What is this Vacation you speak of? I have never heard of it.
  • by Lord Apathy (584315) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @02:55PM (#45789199)

    Because I'm to damn poor to afford a real vacation I have to fake one by lying on some beach in Second Life. While in real life I drop sand down my underwear, dump bucket of salt water over my head, and pretend to have fun.

    Its all great until the flying penis show up....

  • by zlives (2009072) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @03:10PM (#45789307)

    only device i take with me.

  • If I stay at home, it's definitely my desktop. When traveling, it's divided fairly evenly between my smartphone, tablet, and possibly laptop.
  • by Misagon (1135)

    I require an operating system that isn't crippled, and a full-sized keyboard for typing.
    I don't think I would mind a small tablet if it came with a decent OS and a USB port for my HHKB.

  • When I'm on the road, I often I make heavy use of the smartphone to provide GPS w/ Google Maps and streaming audio to the car stereo. So strictly speaking, on a trip that's about 14 hours each way, the smartphone would win. But when I'm chillin' at my destination, I'll have the laptop on.

  • by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @09:12PM (#45792361) Homepage

    Answer : All of the above. I use all of them sometimes all in one day on vacation.

  • Yes, that's about it. Forget satnav and smartphone GPS, I have an in-hand navigation device. One that never crashes, though I have had to chase it down across a parking lot before. When we go on family vacations (there are 7 of us mind you in one car), we don't even make reservations. If a campground is full, has too many bugs, the ranger looks at you wrongs, whatever, we just go somewhere else. It's freeing to know that you have 8 days until you have to be home, and no planned stops.
  • Many of us use more than one of these options. I have recently changed over from being a laptop-for-all-reasons guy to desktop plus tablet. In the fice, I have that big sumptuous screen and more powerful processor; on the road, I have a more portable device that I don't need to worry about every second of the day. I can bring it through airports without taking it out of the bag, and when I arrive, that search for the one place in the hotel lobby where WiFi comes in is a lot less conspicuous.

    But my smartpho

  • I guess not, but a retired person taking a vacation seem superfluous to me.

    I'm retired, disabled. But if I do go anywhere I take my laptop. Mostly to check out pics I took on a given day. Photography is the hobby that probably got me to travel in the first place.
  • Just my phone. It's my camera / music player / movie player / compass / satnav / videocamera / processing lab / editing room / maps / guide to strange places out of the beaten path, etc.

    But this year's chistmas vacation, there's a piece of electronica that saw way more use than all of your list combined: My lcd projector.

    I just binged on about 20 hours of Tiny Toons, the last two volumes that'd been held up forever.

    My brain has stopped working. It's not aware that Monday I go back to work.

    Aww, look at it

  • At the end of every day I try to download all the pictures taken and do the first round of culling/commenting/geo-tagging. Given the vast amount of electronic pictures generated by myself and my wife there is no way I'll motivate myself to go through all of them once I'm home.

    I still look through our vacation photos and wonder why we kept some of them. The daily cull needs to be more severe.
    • by cplusplus (782679)
      This! I do the same. It's nice having a daily backup of the new images (I leave them on both the camera and the laptop). After a daily backup, I try to type a few paragraphs about the highlights of the day to go along with the photos. I've had a camera stolen whilst on vacation once, and it *sucked* losing half my pictures. I was far more upset about the lost pictures than the loss of the actual camera.
  • what is this vacation thing of which you speak?
  • And i'm using a computer/tablet/smartphone/(would use the laptop but it is in the process of getting a screen replaced) I don't find it necessary to unplug while on vacation, it seems that you use a computer all day for work/school or what have you, and then you use it for recreation when you can go back and remember why computers are fun in the first place.
  • but, I would, if I (and the Amish) could. Find a way to combine their lifestyle with a non-religious set of life values, that is. And a month a year without disruptive technology is the bare minimum.

    (Note the difference between atheist ("not believing in an almighty super being") versus non-religious..)

  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Saturday December 28, 2013 @12:50PM (#45805855)

    I make sure that my vacations are out of cell coverage, so my cellphone is irrelevant. I turn it off for the duration. All the better to hear the wind rustling through the leaves, the birds calling, and so on. One favourite getaway includes howler monkeys whooping it up at dawn. So be it.

    I take my iPad with me. I can read stuff on it if I want to. At the airport yesterday I checked the weather via the airport's WiFi, did my own forecast of the flight conditions and compared that with the airline's briefing on turbulence and stuff. Nailed it. :-)

    My employers have emergency contact information, but they understand that if they call me it had better be an emergency. The one time they called me (in 14 years) it really was. My boss is of the same mindset on this stuff, so it's cool.

    ...laura

  • Vacation at home? Desktop, playing games and reading /. (sigh). Vacation on a trip? Camera almost exclusively with a laptop or tablet for backing up the pictures. It's very refreshing to have only one tool which does only one thing, but superbly well.
  • When on vacation I don't use any other functionality of my phone but Google maps and Google star map for those clear nights away from the light pollution of civilization. And an e-reader.

    My last summer vacation recapitulation:

    - duration 3 weeks
    - TV, newspapers, radio, Internet time - zero. I am not exaggerating - zero! I only said to my mom - call me if there is a war or a global disaster approaching; nothing else matters.
    - books read - 12 volumes (5 of which were from the "saga of fire and ice", pretty thi

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