Today is absolutely glorious. At 1pm, an hour ago, it was 75F/24C, fine, and sunny. I've got the Akubra and the sunnies and I'm off to Centennial Park for our 3.30 picnic. Should be lots of fun. I've got my trusty daypack, my wingunt opener, my smallish glass. All I now now is a bottle (of red) - (no refrigeration required, some crackers and some dip. I'm in the Internet cafe on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. A short walk to a bottlo (for the wine) and then hop on a bus up to Paddington and a walk through the park.
I'm still keen to buy a laptop and found this place on the web. They renovate and sell 2nd hand laptops (mainly PC) and look like a respected and respectable outfit. I'd probably go down to Melbourne for a weekend and go in on a Saturday morning and check them out. Then, on Thursday night, at the hall before choir there were a theatre group rehearsing (Bell Shakespeare Company) they're rehearsing for a schools (educational) tour. They rehearse during the afternoon, and finish just before we set up for choir. One of the guys was clearing away, and I saw an iBook on the table, and we were speaking about it. A new 14" iBook is about the same price as a good reconditioned ThinkPad. Heart or head. I'll probably still be wavering until I actually put the money on the table. The ideal scenario would probably be to go for pc laptop, and later buy a Mac desktop. I've been doing a lot of reading lately about Macs and Ibooks. It seems that the PCs are solid, reliable machines, but Mac does a better job with its software. I'd like to think if I bought a laptop it'd last for at least three years. Although the Macs don't seem as prone to viruses as the PCs, you still read a lot about little things going wrong with iBooks and their reliability over an extended period of time. I enjoyed Dan Gillmor's take on it here. I'm a procrastinator from way back, but in the next 5 or 6 weeks I'll have to make a decision one way or another. Then it'll be a digital camera. Heck the DVD is still in its box, although I at least bought a small table for it this morning. Just call me Hamlet.