Hi, I know a lot of this has been done before, but I can’t search and I have a couple of questions I don’t remember going by, so here goes: I’m looking into new laptops (PCs) and I see some specs for reasonable prices. What I don’t really know anything about is the processors. What’s the difference between an AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual Core and an Intel Centrino Duo Processor? And what about brands of computers? Gateway, SONY, HP, Toshiba? And I never expected to see better prices in a Best Buy catalog than on NewEgg. Is that because that site is best for parts/building your own?
Anyway, I could probably find answers to some of this in various places online, but I thought I’d ask about software at the same time. I know the dope is a good one-stop answer location. I’ve been using AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy. Any other recommendations for virus/spyware software?
The reason I’m getting this laptop is to take it to Japan with me. I’ll be teaching English there for at least a year. Does anyone know where to find a text-converter for a PC? My gf’s Mac has a great one where you can type romanji and it converts to kanji and hiragana automatically. I was wondering if there was anything like that for the PC.
Once I get over there, I’ve been told that Yahoo Broadband is a pretty good option for a highspeed connection. I’ve also been looking at Skype or Vonage as my phone. Anyone had any experience with any of these companies?
Anyway, thanks for all the help.