I was just hearing a news report on the new iPhone. Will I be buying one? No, I will not.
But I am not a complete Luddite. This past week-end, during Florida's back-to-school tax free week-end which included computers under $700. My laptop has been having screen issues for several months now--it's akin to the old TVs, when the vertical hold was slipping--lots of jerking around on the screen, which makes for a dizzying experience.
I've created a fix by hooking up my laptop to the monitor of my old desktop. I'm inordinately proud that I figured out how to do that. But this fix does cut out a lot of the advantages of having a laptop. And I am fairly sure that I'm living on borrowed time.
So when the tax free week-end was announced, I decided that now was the time to buy a laptop. I decided not to spend a lot of time researching the best deal. I wanted something similar to what I already had, and when I went online, I found one that was on sale for half the usual price. By Friday afternoon, I had the laptop replaced.
I haven't plugged it in yet. I have resolved that I won't wait for 3 months the way I did last time. But I do feel like I need a space of time to get it all set up.
Let me take a moment to record what an amazing time we live in, in terms of our computing access and the low cost of it. I got my old laptop for $579, the on sale price with some rebates. I wanted an extra USB port, although I'm not sure that I've ever need the extra one; 2 would have been plenty. I paid extra to get a larger hard drive, and I've filled very little of it.
This time, for $400 (same sort of sale price), I got an even bigger hard drive, a terabyte. I got a year of Microsoft Office 360 and a year of online protection. I got a wireless mouse, even though I don't need one.
I remember my first personal computer. Back in 1993, I bought a used Mac for $3000, and I thought I had gotten a deal. I had. But the deal I got on Friday is better.
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