Goal update

I have reached 18% of one of my savings goals.  That may not be one-quarter of the total, but it’s quite good considering all the borrowing (from myself) and paybacks I’ve been doing lately!

I had to borrow money from my own savings to buy my netbook, but I’m happy to say I have paid it all back.

Splurge

After trying various other options, I have decided to hold off on getting a new replacement laptop.  My five-year-old is still running, for now.  I did decide to go ahead and buy a netbook.  It will be very useful in class as well as for working on my thesis.  I bought it from Costco, and I was happy to learn that they extend the manufacturer’s warranty by a year.

Does any reader out there have any experience with buying computers from Costco?  Your input would be welcome!

Laptop situation

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Recently I wrote about my ancient, overheating laptop.  I was unsure about whether I should buy a full-sized, regular yet still portable laptop to replace my current 7-pounder, or whether I should just buy a netbook for now since it addresses several of my computing needs for a smaller price.  As it turns out, my sister had an old laptop that quit working correctly.  She never got it fixed, but I am going to take it to a local place to get an estimate.  If I can get it fixed for a decent price, I may have a new-to-me laptop!  It won’t be very portable (it has a 17″ widescreen!) but it will replace my 5.5 year old model.  Depending on how much it will cost to fix it, I may have enough money to buy a netbook!  On Monday, I will try to get an estimate.  Further updates to come!

Future Purchase: Laptop?

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I may have to face the reality of a large purchase soon.  My laptop is over 5 and a half years old, and it overheats quite often.  I have been regularly backing up my important documents in case it decides to go kaput one day without warning because I learned the hard way about backing up  your hard drive.  The hard drive in my laptop is the second one I’ve had.  I’ve also upgraded the memory to its maximum (quite a while ago), so there’s really no improving it.

I’ve been eyeing several laptops to replace the one I have.  I don’t want one as large as the one I currently use.  When I bought it, I planned on watching movies and playing games on it in addition to school work.  Now, I would love to have a more portable laptop–possibly even a netbook.  I keep fantasizing about having a computer that would be easy to bring to class.  I would love to type my notes since I transfer them all to my computer anyways.  Also, I would have fewer excuses for not working on my thesis.  My most common current excuse is, “The house is too noisy so I have to shut the door to my workroom.  The room is too hot when I shut the door, so the computer overheats quickly.  When it overheats, it shuts down.  And transporting it to another location is annoying.”

Flimsy excuses aside, transporting my current laptop is more than a small pain in the neck.  It weighs 7.5 lbs and is 14″ x 10.5″ x 1.5″ big.  The touchpad no longer works, so I have to use a USB mouse.  The laptop has only one working USB port, so I have a 4-port hub hooked up to it so I can attach my mouse and use a USB drive.  In addition, since the darn thing overheats so easily, I have a cooling pad that sits underneath and blows fans on it constantly.  All of these extra accessories make it that much more cumbersome to transport, and the bag I carry everything in is bulky and heavy.  And as for using it on battery power?  Not possible.  I bought a backup battery when I bought the system, but they are both so old they drain quickly.

Wow, after outlining everything, I have almost convinced myself to buy a new laptop.  I know I will need one eventually, but do I really want to wait until this one dies unexpectedly?  It wouldn’t be the end of the world, because there are computers at school that I use all the time (thanks to my handy USB drive) and there is a slightly newer desktop computer at my house.

I hesitate because I know it will not be an inexpensive purchase.  I am not sure if I want a smaller regular laptop or a netbook.  I know that I will get extra memory and an extra battery if possible.  I am not sure what brand I want.  I do know that I do not want another 7.5-pounder!