- Use an online wordprocessor and access your documents from wherever you had internet access
- keep all your documents on a local box and carry it about with you
Both had problems. Now Google docs has added offline functionality which allows you to work on a document offline. Google isn't the first, I blogged about Zoho having this capability back last August, and many of the arguments remain the same.
Except for the prevalence of lightweight machines such as the ASUS EEE - these lightweight appliance style machines are finally here and suddenly the idea of living online with an access device but with some offline ability for trains and planes becomes highly attractive, especially as it allows you to keep all your documents offline so should your eee go amiss when travelling you havn't lost everything.