I am so used to being online all the time, I take it for granted. This past week I have been beset with an unreliable laptop and non-functional hotel Internet access. I kept up with things on my Blackjack, but it's not a substitute for laptop access. I hate falling behind on work, and there are some things you need your own laptop to do (writing and editing documents, etc.). If someone sends you a long document that you need to read and edit, there is no substitute to having your own laptop on the plane to get it done.
There are several online solutions that should let you use any computer to get access to documents that sit in the cloud. Those services are great, but the world doesn't use them broadly yet. If I knew in advance that I was going to have such problems, I may have been able to prepare something to make my online life this week easier. But, going warm turkey (I did have some intermittent access, so it wasn't cold turkey), has shown me how hooked to being online I am.
Email, news, RSS feeds, podcasts, access to a Slingbox to watch the Yankees on my home TV (although that hasn't been worth doing this week!). Even having a reliable PC to watch DVDs on a long plane ride is something I take for granted. Without all this, I have, caught up on some reading. But, I've also wasted a lot of time trying to troubleshoot things and limp along.
Ordered a new laptop, which should come in soon. In the meantime, don't be concerned if I don't get back to you as fast as usual.