One of the nice things the church is doing for us interns is chipping in some cash so we can buy the laptops required for seminary. These last few weeks, I’ve been doing some shopping to determine what I want to buy. I only have three guidelines:

  1. The screen size should be 13″ or less (I’ll be taking it everywhere with me, so I want a light and portable machine).
  2. The total package — computer and service plan — has to come in at under $1500.
  3. The computer has to be nice enough that Ben can’t make fun of me.

Ben, you see, is getting a MacBook. He’s very artsy like that. So, of course, I have to get a sweet computer as well. I was looking at the HP Pavilion tx1000z, which can act as a low-end tablet, but HP gouges its customers with horrifically expensive service plans. So that doesn’t work. I was also looking at a Toshiba Satellite U200, but it’s kinda lame-o.

At this point, I’m about 90-95% sure that I’ll get a MacBook myself. Since Windows Vista is such a resource hog, souping up a computer (such as the Toshiba) to run it would end up costing me just as much as (if not more than) buying a Mac. It’s kind of weird realizing that I’m about to become a Mac user, but I’m warming to the idea. It helps that Microsoft Office 2004 has a couple of features not found in the Windows version that I could definitely put to good use (Notebook Layout View, Project Center). I also figure that since I’ll be using the laptop every day for the next three years of my life, I might as well get one that I’ll enjoy.

Anyway, I’m hoping to get my new computer some time in the next few weeks. I just hope that my current four-and-a-half-year-old crapmachine can last that long. The USB ports temporarily stopped working on Sunday, which gave me a good scare. I’ll miss the beast, but I’m sure a sleek new laptop will make me forget all about it.