What is the cheapest way to get connected when thousands of miles apart? Via the Internet, of course! A colleague just bought a laptop for her mom because her new job requires her to travel often overseas.
Not sure which brand of laptop she bought but I know that after looking through the latest laptops at several IT centers around town, she picked one that's of medium price. Surprisingly, laptops are very affordable these days. In this world of connectivity, every household could do with one unit at home. Besides, as a taxpayer, it's tax-deductible.