I'm typing this on my shiny new toy, an Asus Eee 4G. I've been laptopless up to this point in my life. I got a spiffy desktop when I started college, and it did a good job of meeting my needs most of the time. Sure, there were inconveniences, like having to wait for an available seat in a computer lab on campus rather than just heading to a wi-fi hotspot. It also wasn't that great to have to use my parents' computer for schoolwork when I came home since that meant depriving them of its use.
I decided that, although my computer served me well, it might make sense to have something a bit more portable before beginning either TFA or student teaching. Since this computer would serve to compliment, rather than replace, my trusty desktop, I planned to get a low-end laptop. My brother is the computer geek of the family, and I figured I should run my plans by him and get guidance on what to look for or avoid when computer shopping.
He suggested I should consider buying this computer that a friend of his bought from NewEgg and then decided she didn't want after using it for less than a week. She was offering it for $350, $50 less than it had cost new. I'd expcted to spend a few months hunting for a great laptop deal,but after playing with the Eee, I was hooked. This isn't exactly what I had in mind; it's better.
So why, pray tell, do I feel so guilty about having bought this? Buying a laptop was part of the plan for the grant money I'm getting. If I end up hating the Eee, my brother has already offered to trade his laptop. He assures me that if Xandros ends up being a problem, we can load XP, but I'm actually kinda excited about using Linux. (I'll be interested to hear what Mary Sue decides to run since I'm a noob in need of guidance.) Really, the only problem is my hang up about parting with this much money.