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The main use of the new laptop

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I can see now that this new notebook will be INVALUABLE for my Spanish course: so many resources are now on-line (including homework assignments, exercises, dictionaries, verb conjugators, etc.) that working at the computer is essential—and la profesora told us to bring our notebook computers to class this Thursday so they could be “set up” (whatever that means). That was another stimulus to making the purchase, but now I see, having spent the afternoon and evening working at this, that it would not have been pleasant at all to have to stay in the study whenever I worked on Spanish exercises.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 February 2011 at 9:41 pm

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  1. Brilliant….but are you sure you didn’t take the Spanish course IN ORDER to justify the la[top??? 🙂


    6 February 2011 at 7:35 am

  2. LOL. Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?

    (Ans: The Shadow (aka Lamont Cranston).)


    6 February 2011 at 7:57 am

  3. Sadly…I remember listening to The Shadow on the radio (“What’s that”, my son would ask?) when I was a kid and sick in bed with a bad cold or flu. It was wonderful, made especially so by the childhood ability to imagine. Sadly, because it makes me feel old, and I no longer have that power of vivid imagination. I think TV killed it.


    6 February 2011 at 9:31 am

  4. Stan Freberg once ran a great series of commercials plugging the unlimited special effects you can get with radio. I remember one in which a football stadium was used as the container for the world’s largest sundae, with the announcer describing the helicopter (which you could clearly hear in the background) putting the cherry on top. The helicopter releases it, there’s this odd sort of “splush” and lo! a stadium-sized sundae with a giant cherry on top! 🙂


    6 February 2011 at 10:32 am

  5. I was under the impression that you already have a PC laptop.

    I am somewhat acquainted with David Kay Johnston, who is a prolific writer, an excellent researcher, and frankly a genuine polymath. He seems to do all of his work on a Mac from his easy chair. This has always impressed me as a real testimony for this computer. My son-in-law is a graphic designer who prefers Mac’s and has no patience with helping me with my PC laptop. Your adoption of the Mac only adds to my interest in making the move myself.

    I would be grateful if you would let us know why you made this move.

    Bob Slaughter

    8 February 2011 at 2:55 pm

  6. I did indeed have a Windows notebook computer, but (a) I couldn’t read the screen, (b) the touchpad was hypersensitive, sending the cursor to random locations at random times as I accidentally brushed the touchpad, and (c) it was way too wide: awkward to carry.

    On my trip east, I spent some hours working on an MacBook at The Son’s house and also at TYD’s. I was surprised to find the screen much more readable. Plus the touchpad’s click requires a definite push (though you can set it to operate at a touch), so the sensitivity issue went away. And with the 13″ screen, the width isn’t bad.

    BUT: Microsoft OneNote is not available on the Mac, a major drawback. (The only one so far.)

    I decided to get it when I started Spanish and found that the entire language lab part of the course is on-line. I didn’t want to spend hours back in the study when I could be sitting in my comfortable chair. So I got it and, to my surprise, I’m extremely pleased with it. I mentioned to The Wife that I hadn’t had any sign of buyer’s remorse, and she pointed out that with the Windows notebook I immediately found I didn’t like it. (The Wife has that notebook now.)


    8 February 2011 at 3:41 pm

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