This post over at Wondrous Imaginings got me thinking about my stance at laptops at the gaming table and how it's changed.
Laptops have only recently (read: the past few years) been a potential issue in my campaigns. When I first came back from overseas, the shop we gamed at didn't allow for laptops at the gaming table, and we just sort of followed suit. I wasn't using my laptop nearly as much to game, and my crop of players at that time didn't seem to have a need, either.
Laptops can be a terrible distraction at the table. Yet as I've increasingly added to my pdf library, my own no-laptop at the table rule has gone the way of the dodo. The players who have used laptops have utilized them properly, and I can't think of any distractions they've presented. So, the laptops stay.
Could I get by without it? Easily. It really does pretty much just exist as a pdf and media reader.
I'm waiting to see Instant Message programs take over some of the note-passing functions currently a part of the game.