(Or how to blow a 'grand' in under five minutes ...)
After dithering for some time, I've finally ordered myself a new Laptop and it should (so the man on the 'phone said) arrive in the far frozen wastelands of northern Scotland by Friday. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the PC I have, of course, but it is a desktop machine so I can't indulge myself with surfing the net, or doing other things with it, except in my study. With the new machine I plan to set up a wireless network in my home, so I can use the laptop wherever the mood takes me and just use the desktop when I want to be in my 'office'.
Like the existing machine, the new one is from Fujitsu-Siemens (whose retail agent is Nice PC) - this is a brand I know well and have found to be pretty reliable over the six or so years I've had my last two machines; the new machine won't have quite so large a hard disk as the existing one (80GB instead of 120GB), but as I use only about 35 or 40GB of my existing machine it should be much more than adequate. It will however have a larger size of RAM (1024MB instead of 512MB) and a somewhat higher clock speed so all in all I think it will probably suit me very nicely.