So I’ve got my choices narrowed down..but it’s still a tough, tough call.
The insurance company is covering me for $1500 worth o’ computer. If I pay more, it’s just out of my pocket.
The two current front runners are a Dell inspiron 9100, 2.8 GHz, 512RAM, Radeon 9700 128Meg video, 60GB HD, with a dual layer DVD RW +R. Pretty hot little system, tricked out for only $1650 or so.
The other option is a 12 inch Mac Powerbook, with Superdrive. Specs are close to the same (adjusted for chip architecture). I’m sorely tempted by the Mac…very pretty, very light, very easy to use. But the Dell is more overall compatible with the software I own, and the other computers in the house are all PC’s.