I was introduced to USB Tethering today, thanks to my CompTIA A+ certification book, and it just solved a tiny problem I had. My main laptop doesn't have Bluetooth connectivity, so a Mobile Hotspot wouldn't work, but USB Tethering 100% does. Actually, it doesn't even have a wireless network card and for some reason my USB Wi-Fi adapter works on my other laptop running the same OS, but not this one. Project for another day.
Since it's a lot easier to charge my phone while I'm driving than it is to find a place that has both decent Wi-Fi AND an accessible power outlet to use my laptop, I decided to do the bulk of my writing for this blog on my phone. A few months ago, I bought a new Bluetooth keyboard that works marvelously with phones.
I'm using the Listed.to blogging platform because I can do everything right from Standard Notes, which makes things stupid easy. However, I can't upload to my Listed blog from the mobile app. I have to use the desktop version.
All-in-all, the entire process of uploading a post and viewing it in a browser consumed 3mb's of cellular data. Wonderful.
Here's a breakdown of the process:
- Write draft in Standard Notes (offline), either on laptop battery charge or mobile device.
- Connect phone to laptop via USB.
- Turn on laptop (if it's not already on) and begin boot process.
- Go to phone network settings and turn on USB tethering.
- When OS boots to homescreen, open terminal and connect to TOR via ProtonVPN.
- Check connectivity to TOR.
- Open Standard Notes and wait until sync is finished.
- Open note that you wish to upload.
- Upload to Listed
- Open link to view blog in browser.