Try ... well, just about anything (checking email, navigating somewhere, remote desktop, distracting kids, editing content, VoIP, whatever) with a desktop computer while out for lunch, in an elevator, on the couch, or anywhere not within arm's reach of your multi-screen multi-terabyte multi-core number-crunching monster, and we'll talk. Notebooks also have the origami of unfolding, awkward holding, shorter battery life, etc. befit a compromise between functional and portable. Sometimes a slim 24oz anywhere anytime always-on always-connected tablet can make much - yes, profitable much - of those otherwise lost minutes.
Tools for their proper use. A notebook is a compromise; a desktop + tablet give best of both worlds.
Don’t get me wrong, ct, I applaud anyone who wants to go about their life with a device attached to them. Call me old fashioned, but when I’m away from home, I don’t expect to have the comforts therein. I have a very basic cell phone that I use for emergencies or calling the little lady about dinner. Otherwise, I don’t use the phone much and prefer a home phone for audible fidelity.
And that always on feature out in the world requires cellular tower connectivity or a wi-fi hotspot, two things that would go tango-uniform in the event of a catastrophe (not that my home rig would be doing any good in that situation).
I’m in the IT world and pay very close attention to security, and I would prefer to have a smaller security footprint overall than to have a device that can entertain me when I’m out. I have a Kindle for reading on long trips and an iPod Classic for my music. Far as I’m concerned, that’s all I ever see myself needing, but then again everyone used to say, “We’ll never need more than 512K(yes, Kb) of RAM!”