The new laptop is simply another Acer Aspire, ordered through Amazon. It's a lot thinner and lighter than my old one (which is a bit under five years old, and purchased to replace a netbook whose wireless card was going). It's a much better built machine out of the box than the older Aspire was. The way the keyboard's made, I'm less likely to end up with crumbs under the keys, blocking utility. It's a gorgeous, dark red that will be impossible to confuse with Odysseus's computer.
One of the wonderful things about working for a university is the availability of Microsoft Office for faculty download and use onto home machines. I had Office 2010 on the old laptop, and I've got 2013 (Office 365) on the new one, thanks to my university. Simple, easy, and more programs than I really need.*
I do like the new version of Word. Makes navigation through a multi-part document really stupid simple--just click on the header on the left, and it takes you to the chapter you left off writing on.
My documents and stuff just got dumped into the machine's My Documents. All of my music, my pictures (baby pics, wedding pics, etc.), the videos of the kids we've taken...all of it. All jumbled together, but I think it's all there. It's gonna take some organizing, but I'll have the rest of the evening tonight, and tomorrow to get that done.
Guess I best get started, then.
*All I really use is Word, OneNote, and Excell (at the end of semester, when I'm downloading the gradebooks from the course site).
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