We are in the unenviable predicament of having two households now. In addition to our long-time home in Berkeley, CA, we now have remodeled the family home in Petaluma, CA, with an eye to eventually living there full-time as my 84-year-old MIL's needs dictate. So far, she is doing very well indeed, and we hope, of course, she will continue to be healthy and independent for some time. Until she needs us there full-time, we will be going back and forth quite a bit, splitting our time evenly between the two residences in chunks of several days to two weeks at a time.
The Petaluma residence is 7 miles out of town and we only recently have DSL available to us. We use XP desktops on our (fairly extensive) computer network in Berkeley, powerful enough to run Photoshop and AutoCAD. We will need to buy computers of similar capability for Petaluma.
Also, we travel quite a bit offroad and need a computer for navigation, email, and Office applications (bookkeeping on the road, etc); for navigation purposes, it would need to be able to function as a tablet.
We need some means of transferring documents/files/data from Berkeley to Petaluma and vice versa as needed. My boyfriend does not like using the cloud.
We thought about some version of the new Windows Surface and maybe a docking station for a larger monitor and keyboard. We are not exactly looking forward to buying all new software, as most of what we need will no longer run on XP. Adobe applications (if I understand correctly) are not resident on the computer and need internet connections to run. Windows seems to be moving in that direction, as well. The Surface notebook doesn't have many USB ports, etc., but I guess a docking station would take care of that? We will need a fairly extensive network in Petaluma.
Maybe external hard drives that we can take back and forth would work? We don't know how sturdy and reliable those are if you are contstantly moving them around.
Any suggestions would be very welcome. We're really quite confused!