I know that I need to connect the iPad to my computer to register the iPad when I first get the iPad and to synch the iPad with iTunes now and again. But ... If I go to Florida for the entire winter (a tempting thought at the moment), do I need to lug my computer along? Or if I go home to Germany for six months, do I need to lug my computer along? I don't have the iPad yet, but the impression I have is that it's pretty self-sufficient. Oh, and I suppose I need my computer if there is an update to the iPod OS, since I think I read somewhere that OS updates can only be done via iTunes. Thanks for any answers.