RE: What notebook did you buy?

Subject: RE: What notebook did you buy?
From: DaveC <dave-univ1234 -at- mailblocks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 13:40:27 -0700

Some basic things to consider if looking for a computer with technical
writing specifically in mind.

* Large user base
* great software availability
* inexpensive hardware

* Cheaper hardware tends to be cheaply made (high repair costs)
* Many problems are not easily fixed by the user without strong
computers skills.

* Good software availability, including Microsoft Office and Free
developer tools.
* Unix based
* Well made products since the hardware and software is generally
made and integrated by the same company.


Don't forget that owning a Mac also frees you up from having to forever (and frequently) download updates for your OS and your virus-protection software. (What is the average time an unprotected Windows computer is infected when plugged into the Internet? Something like 20 minutes, I think... but I don't know or care -- I use a Mac :-) )

This is just one more reason I find using a Mac is easier -- I never have to worry about my computer catching something. Just backup your HD and ... that's it.

Not wanting to start a debate, just pointing out that I find more time to think about the job and other more pleasant issues when not worrying about infection and such... The Mac is "transparent", as all good tools should be.



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RE: What notebook did you buy?: From: Spitzer, Judd L

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