On both and , Daniel used a MacBook Pro for his computing needs. This year, Apple lent him a for the trip. He thinks the Air's extremely thin design will be nice when he's carrying it on his back. Its main drawbacks, he says, are the fact that its battery is internal, and it's therefore not possible to carry a backup, and the fact that it has only one USB port and no FireWire. That means relying on wireless connectivity is crucial, though he also has an external SuperDrive for reading DVDs.