I’ll be traveling for a bit, and I thought it may be interesting to explain how to work remotely without having to carry your laptop.
I have a 4gig USB drive loaded with Portableapps.com. This is familiar FOSS compiled to run as standalone applications. Any application could be run this way. It’s just that most software uses standard directories for putting data, like your bookmarks or your saved emails from Thunderbird. A USB drive can also be used to boot your own special OS, but often you won’t have permission to do this in an Internet cafe. You will need a machine with USB 2.0 .
I have XAMPP, Eclipse, Thunderbird w/ PGP, Firefox, GIMP, and CygWin in an encrypted and/or password protected directory. Easy to back up and carry.