Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! even though it is just a regular work/school day here (shame Germans don’t believe in celebrating the American holidays. Then again, they do have a ton of their own.) The kids are doing laps around me and the kitchen table, making me nervous since they have to pass over the computer cord every time. I am waiting for someone to trip. I put the highchair in front but they are still trying to sneak by. I guess what’s a kid without a few bruises, right?

On the computer front – I’m getting a new one! Yahoo! The biggest decision is laptop versus desktop. Currently I have a laptop but I wanted a desktop to help me be online less. And to make it easier for Boo to use (shh, he’s getting the Flight Simulator computer game from grandma and grandpa for Christmas – he’s going to flip he’ll be so excited!) But I am getting pressure to get a laptop. Right now there is no real room for a desktop unless we do something upstairs. In a few months (or less) we will be moving so we’ll have a place to put it. If I do get a desktop I’d have to wait a few months to get it (when a friend can bring it when he moves). If I get a laptop I might be able to get it sooner when family visits and they can bring it as “their” laptop in their carryons.

I do like that a laptop is portable, especially with the wireless card. But a desktop seems like it could do so much more, hold so much more info and I really want to start doing digital scrapbooking so wouldn’t that be better on a desktop? I am also going to start learning HTLM code to do webpages for the kids. I am using Dave’s HTLM which my husband told me about. We are actually going to learn together. He’s good at understanding and translating the computer speak for me and I can come up with the creative backgrounds and colors 🙂

So I looked at Dell, Sony and IBM. And the Apple notebook too. Confusing. I heard that the new Vista operating system has bugs. Dell is the only one that still offers XP on some of it’s models. But they are pricey. I like the Vaio from Sony – it looks sleek and you can even get a marbled pink cover, very cool. Apple’s just look cool and it’d be easy to use my iPod with it. Plus they are good for photos and such. Once I hit the IBM’s I sort of just gave up because I don’t know what type of processor (seems Pentium is no longer in??), memory, ram, gigabyte, LCD, whatever. I know about two things for laptops – screen size of 15 or higher and lightweight. And whatever I get has to support the games for Boo and scrapbooking software.

All I really want a computer to do is this: Internet. Photo and video editing; moving making. Scrapbooking. Occasional word processing.

If you know of one that can do all that (laptop or desktop) let me know. I’m lost in the computer jungle.

2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. I’ve been an hp laptop person, both home/office for 5 yrs with no probs. I bought my home one from the hp site, you can configure exactly what you want built.If I was buying a new one tomorrow, I’d check their home & office notebooks, choosing the screen size/weight you want. (look in media markt also, to get an actual idea of what 15 or 17 inches really looks like.)Then, as a heavy internet, lightweight photo editor I’d choose:-the most basic operating system-at least a processor Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor-memory-2 GB-basic graphics card-wireless: 802.11b/g WLAN-hard drive: 120 GB-cd/dvd: most basic as possible-security: norton’sThat being said–you mention Boo’s games, scrapbook software and movie making. Check the requirements for those softwares and up the above specs, in particular the processor, memory, hard drive, and graphics card for the games, and the hard drive for the photos/movies.When you’re all done, check on cnet.com to read the reviews on the pc you’ve chosen and the setup. You may want to choose another pc or modify your choices based on what user reviews say.If you need further info, let me know.

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  2. I sent you an e-mail. We’re an Apple family, and I think that with the creative stuff you mention that this would suit you best with the least frustration. Apples also hold their value better, so if you want to upgrade a few years down the road and re-sell your used Mac, you might actually get something for it. Being that my husband is in the computer field and enjoys the newest and the best, we’ve actually re-sold 3 Macs in the past year to move up to the newest models and we only lost a very small portion of our initial investment. I’m a fan.

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