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Ken Springer wrote:Size of the Adobe install has been mentioned. On my Mac, Reader 10, approaches 300 MB. Personally, if the document is important to me, I find reading the printed version to be easier than on screen. And I can sit in my favorite chair, instead of in front of a computer. FYI, I hate laptops. :-

This is a bit off topic, but I just had to comment. I used to not like laptops either, for two reasons, first I have been a system builder from the days of the 286 on. I didn't like laptops because I couldn't build them, to me they represented a lost business opportunity. Also I couldn't repair them much of the time because replacement motherboards and certain other parts were generally not available. The second and more important reason, because it would matter to anyone, was because they were a poor alternative to a powerful desktop computer. Besides they were very expensive.

The first problem remains, small scale system builders can't build laptops, and they remain difficult to repair or upgrade. You can add more RAM memory if there isn't enough, and you can often install hard drives with more storage capacity, but that is about it. I should mention that you can add external enhancements, like bigger displays, keyboards, mice, or decent speakers.

The second thing has changed however. I now have a laptop myself. I went looking for one to use with Writer so that I could do my writing other than in an uncomfortable office chair. What absolutely shocked me was when I went to buy a cheap machine that would be a second or extra computer. For $400., what I got was a machine with a dual 64 bit processor running at 2 GHz, 3 Gigabytes of RAM, and a 320 Gig hard drive that was twice as much machine as my "main" computer. I went for a model with a 15.6 Inch display, (that size display allows enough room for a full size keyboard) that is something that a touch typist like myself would insist on, and a copy of Windows 7. (I like Win 7 as much as I despised Vista) It came with a 30 day trial version of MS Office, which I deleted after satisfying myself that I still liked Writer better. The speakers were as bad as laptop speakers have always been, so I plugged in my favorite computer speakers with bass and treble tone controls and rubber surround woofers. I also added a wireless USB mouse. and I made a wooden support tray that keeps the vents unobstructed so that the machine is properly cooled, and keeps my lap cool as well. Set up this way, I like my laptop as much as it is possible to like an inanimate object.

I now know why most businesses are purchasing "desktop replacement" class laptops for all their executive offices. There is no longer anything that the vast majority of tower systems are used for that can't be done with this type of laptop. A machine like this is even adequate for high level software development work. It is even great for watching movies on DVD.
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