Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting in my car, waiting for the kids to finish their after-school activities, and it occurs to me that I could put this time to use by writing the Great American Novel. So I’m thinking about getting a laptop.
But I don’t need a whizbang, surf-the-internet, massage-your-photos, burn CDs type laptop. What I need is a light simple machine that can run Microsoft Works and write to a 1.4 Mb floppy (yes, some of us fossils still use them). That’s about all it has to do. Oh, and display a picture of Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as wallpaper.
Oh, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money, either; this is pretty much a whim, and I’d feel really uncomfortable spending more than, say, $300 on a lousy whim.
So I guess I’m looking at a used computer. I’m partial to Macs, since I’ve had good luck at home with them, but I suppose a Windows machine would be okay, I guess, as long as it was stone cold reliable, never crashed, started every time, and I didn’t have to reconfigure my sys.doc.furb file to resolve a driver error in my PCB bus logic rebob a loobop cache every time I tried to save a file. I find that sort of thing astoundingly frustrating, and I’d probably just drop the whole thing in the nearest trash can.
Oh, and I don’t want something with some outlandishly expensive and unavailable battery pack, either.
The Straight Dope must be full of computer whizzes who have all the lingo down pat and all the specifications memorized and all the word-on-the-street assimilated into their worldview; what would you recommend?