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!