Monday is my birthday and Hubby thinks I need a new computer…immediately.
He’s been home with bronchitis most of the week and has been checking his work e-mail from my laptop. (The netbook he normally uses won’t hold a charge and our desktop blew up. Therefore I’ve reluctantly handed over my laptop, but I knew we’d be having this discussion.) Just because my delete key won’t work (highlight enter will do the same thing), other keys stick, it’s difficult to type upper case letters (but it can be done) and the panel covering the CD/DVD door is bent, he was highly uncomplimentary of my Toshiba.
I’d already planned to get a new one soon, just not now. I thought I’d buy one, bring it home, make sure everything is installed and transferred over the way I want, then take this one to be sent in for a new keyboard and whatever else it needs. It is under warranty until August, so I might as well take advantage and have an extra laptop at home.
Hubby has been eyeing those all-in-one i-Mac’s. They are totally self-contained and I have to admit, it is amazing with its 27” screen and magic mouse. Our godchild’s family had one when we visited them in Seattle last week, and our godchild showed us his files, his folders, his artwork…he was all over that thing. I suppose if we got that I could use the wireless mouse and keyboard to work at home and travel with our laptop or netbook. Apple now has Microsoft Office Suite and from what I hear one can go between the two operating systems without a hassle.
Hubby knows I’m a laptop kind a gal and thought if I wanted a Mac laptop I’d like the Macbook. I do like it weights 4.7 pounds, but I could never go from a 17” laptop screen to a 13” one. The MacBook Pro (at more than twice the price) has a 17” screen and weighs 6.6 pounds. My Toshiba weighs a pound more. What I really like about the MacBook Pro—the keys and the screen are backlit. How cool is that?
My reasons for looking at the MAC in the first place were it was less likely to get a virus and because of the writing program Scrivener. (I think Hubby wants one because his business partner has one. You know boys and their toys.) But I understand there is now a PC version of Scrivener. I’ve been using MS Word and keeping a detailed Excel spreadsheet with a page for each of the characters’ particulars (eye color, habits, quirks, etc.), settings, and other descriptions. I don’t write with an outline so I have a master spreadsheet where I have brief chapter summaries and list all of the scenes as a way of quickly finding something when I need a reference. But just this week I discovered One Note. It was already on my computer—just hiding. Oh my gosh, have you seen it? I can see how this and Word could easily work to be a writer’s dream. I’ve got to find this Scrivener and see how it compares so if you use it, please give me the lowdown.
All of my information about the computers is coming off the Internet. I haven’t started shopping yet so I don’t even know if I’ll like the feel of the MAC. How about you? What kind of computer do you use? Do you love it? Hate it? Has anyone gone from a PC to a MAC and how did that work? What software do you use to write and are you happy with it?
Lots of questions…I sure hope someone will come up with lots of answers.