Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

bought a new laptop computer.

In recent years, I would have replaced my old one long ago, since it’s been slowly dying for about six months.

But since transitioning my email from Outlook (which lived on my computer) to Google Apps (which lives in “the cloud”), and making sure my files were not just backed up (they always were) but instantly available from any web-connected computer via Dropbox, I’m no longer dependent on a particular machine.

That’s huge.

As someone whose precautionary rule used to be, “Never take your computer out of its bag until all the juice-spilling children have gone to bed,” it’s great to have removed this weak link from the way I work.

Now I can work on any machine, in any location, without missing a beat.