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Quick note, as I only have a second (will try to do a 'real' post tomorrow) -

I've talked Josh into taking me to the Rent-a-Center tomorrow to see how much it might be to get a laptop through at least November. I know NOTHING about laptops, so what should I look for/avoid? Any advice from those in the know? (For instance, I've been so peeved with two HPs that I will likely never get HPs again...)

That said, I know I better fess up my wordcount, since at least a few folks probably want to know. I'm only at 1920, but since I think that breaks last year's record, I'm really optimistic. We had a small series of crises starting Nov. 1, of course, but those seem mostly fixed and I plan on playing some catch-up tonight!

Ok, so possibly getting a laptop! Yay! Please leave whatever insight you may have. Miss ya'll. No, really.

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zarhooie
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Screw Rent-a-Center, just go to Best Buy or Circuit City or someplace like that and finance one.
ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure how to finance one. I thought the best I could do was layaway at places like those (no credit cards - *or* credit), and I wanted it for November.
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tru2myart
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I have to agree with everyone else. You're going to get screwed at Rent A Center. Their laptops are usually used and abused and you pay an exhoribtant amount in interest.

You'll want to get one with at least Windows XP and depending on what you plan on doing with it I'd recommend something with roughly these specs:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8532885&type=product&id=1186008217237

That's pretty basic/standard fodder and it's upgradeable as you need.
ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm well aware that I'll get screwed, which is why I'm mainly hoping for a November laptop. I haven't the funds to buy even the cheapest of ones outright.

I was looking at that...man, I need to learn about computers. Perhaps I'll read the wiki on wireless or something. I don't even know the difference between wifi, LAN, Ethernet and all that. :(
lolacat
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I would avoid Dell. Everyone I know with a Dell laptop has had insane problems and their customer service isn't great. I agree that buying is something you should consider... I don't know, it's a big investment but I can't imagine life without my wonderful laptop!! I have an iBook but the baseline price for an iBook is pretty high. You might look for refurbished laptops online.
learnto_be
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
mhmm, Dell laptops will break within two or three years, I'm guessing you're looking for something with a little more durability.

Toshibas are tanks, or so I've heard.
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mrsgirlyduck
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
I know nothing about laptops, I just wanted to say I miss you.

ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, you made my day! Thank you so much! I miss you too. *hugs*
jadecat
Nov. 6th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
I vote with the others. Hubby and I got a really nice laptop from Circuit City and got their '18 months no interest' dealio and paid it off in 17 months. ;) Bet they weren't happy with us.

I'm only at 4,000 words right now, and having slow going. I have faith that you can get a lot more done before the month is out. :)
ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you could do payment plans at those places. Really? I thought I could do layaway, but that wouldn't help me for November. Maybe I should stop by there first.

You're much further than me! I made it up to 2803 last night. I'm really plucking away slower than I expected, but when I have a larger window of time to spend at the house (or a new laptop :D), I expect to do some kickass catch-up.
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ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We got super busy and I got sick, so I fell behind on *everything*. All appears to be back to normal, so hopefully I'll be checking in more often. :D
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ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
SWEET! I love getting awesome encouragement! Thanks so much - that really means a lot to me.
simplydorei
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
You are going to finish this year with flying colors!

As for laptops...i really like my Dell Inspiron. It handles all of my research and internet needs with flying colors, and the screen resolution is brilliant. It's got Vista, and though that took a little bit of getting use to it honestly isn't as bad as i expected!
ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Well hrm, I honestly don't know what Vista is. LOL I'll take a gander. That's actually two good votes for Dell, if I count my bud lessthan90sheep in IM, so maybe I'll take a look at them.
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aimingforpeace
Nov. 6th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
It would probably be cheaper to get one through Dell. They're good laptops, too - my hubby's work laptop is a Dell and it's great.
ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was told they sell cheap refurbished laptops from their website, too. I may have to go take a gander.
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lessthan90sheep
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
*Winds up*


*takes a deep breath*


*SMITE*

ahavah
Nov. 6th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
*winds up*

*takes a deep breath*

*quickly moistens lips*

*SMOOTCH*
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