Dear readers, I have upgraded! Consider this my pilot post written with Windows Live Writer, a program which I hope will solve my blogging woes. Internet Explorer 8 will not allow me (and, apparently, anyone else) to copy text from a Word document into Blogger. Weird! With as many words as I write, it was very clear to me that this was unacceptable. The wonky formatting on yesterday’s post was a result of using Firefox. I thought funky Firefox was a better choice than not posting my piece at all. Still, I was not happy. Let’s consider today’s post an experiment. Everything is an experiment when you are a scientist, especially one who is on the cusp of getting three little letters after her name.
I do have an actual purpose for this post, and that is to seek your recommendations regarding a new laptop computer. The Dell I use now is not really my computer; it belongs to my lab. When I graduate in September(!), I should give it back. In the meantime, I need to buy myself a computer. I’m looking for a PC that has a decent amount of space for storing data. It must come with built-in wireless ability (although I here it’s rare for a new computer not to have this—true?) and not weigh a thousand pounds. I like the size of my current computer (about 10.5” x 12.5” x 2”) and wouldn’t mind finding something with similar dimensions. I can be flexible about the price because I firmly believe you get what you pay for, and I will be using this new computer every day for a long time.
Do you have any suggestions for brands or models I should check out? Which stores have the best service for computer customers? Any happy stories about recent computer purchases? Or, on the flip side, are there any warnings you want to offer? Advice you wish someone had shared with you before you wasted your money on a crappy machine?
I thank you in advance for your words of wisdom! Have a beautiful day, dear readers.