I'm a first-time poster and reader - my apologies if I put this in the wrong forum.
I'm planning on turning my laptop, which has a broken hinge, into a tablet. the intention is to either keep XP or upgrade to 7/8 (If it's out early enough!) before returning to school.
The project would make it simple to set up, take notes, schedule assignments, etc. In addition, I'm replacing the Windows shell with a Web browser (Chrome), and making most of my apps - media playback, not taking, blogging, etc - through there, in a simplified interface designed to my needs.
The reason why I can't consider any linux-based alternatives such as Chrome OS and JoliOS is the possibility of neccesity for Windows-Specific applications such as Word and Photoshop for classes specific to those programs - And as much as I'd like to dual-boot, as old as the machine is, it wouldn't be worth the hassle. (It's another reason why I'm making it into a tablet, besides the desire for a challenge.)
My question, I hope, is relatively simple. In order to accomplish some of the tasks, such as syncing with my home desktop and keeping track of dates and assignments, as well as sorting notes, a database is required. I've not played much with MySQL, but I would like to save a little time. Will I need to set up my laptop/tablet as a server? If so, what would be the best technology route? I need to consider how much time I can save and how much of a B.S. hassle I have to deal with - I need to be ready by Mid-August, completely built and set-up.
Any advice is appreciated, including ideas on how to access the file system on here to load applications. Thanks.