Hello again! Over the Christmas break my computer stopped working. I was able to narrow down that it was a hardware issue and as it was a cheap, bulky laptop from about 2009 or 10, getting it fixed seemed to be a poor use of money. Every other time I have had a computer die, I do the following: 1. Panicflail that I’ll be without my beloved internet:
2. Make haste to the nearest Best Buy.
3. Ask for cheapest laptop available.
4. Repeat in three years when the cheapest laptop can’t handle this earth any longer.
This time I actually took the time to think about what I wanted and do some research. Yes, I was without a computer for a few weeks, but I can still browse the internet with my phone and kindle, although they suck for typing. (aside: what is with the wordpress app for android? anyone else use it and have a hell of a time typing on it? it capitalizes Every Damn Word regardless of placement. Can anyone help me with it not being a piece of crap? )
I really don’t like to sit at a desk, so I was really interested in a tablet with a keyboard. Also, seeing as I work in accounting, my whole career is wrapped up in spreadsheets, and I really wanted MS Office. My past two laptops didn’t have it (because they were cheap and I didn’t want to pay for it separately) and OpenOffice’s spreadsheet software just wasn’t cutting it.
I settled on the Asus Transformer T100. It’s cheap, comes with MS office, runs on Windows 8.1 which I’m told is superior to Windows RT, and I gotta say I absolutely love it so far. The only real drawback is the keyboard is really small, although I’m really not struggling all that much through physically typing this post out, so I guess it’s not all that much of a drawback. I am really enjoying the bing apps that come with it as well–particularly the fitness, cooking, and news apps. If you’re here in Chicago you’ve probably seen the ads for this laptop/tablet hybrid on the Brown line. They taunted me all week while I waited for the computer to ship.
Anyways I named this post “late to the party” because I feel like everyone has been working off of tablets now and I’ve finally ditched the huge clunky beast of a laptop I used to work off of. Also, I’ve got a recipe that I’ll be putting up soon, that was so tasty and simple I can’t help but wonder if everyone else has been making it without me! I’ll save that post for another day, though.