R has occasionally mentioned that he might like a laptop. For some reasons, it has come to a head. While my 900 Krud pesos cleared some debt, R's is sitting and wanting to be spent. I did some preliminary searching on the net and looked and the GG tv guide which has ads for laptops, neither of which was particularly useful. Time to go to town. I thought R would be dead against using our usual computer person in St Kilda Road, but more on that later.
We looked at the big Telstra shop at the corner of Bourke and Swanston. Telstra is so proud of their name that they don't put it on the building. Brought us to the point of clarifying net book or note book. Prices not too bad.
On to a small shop in Latrobe Street. Not much on offer but more informations gathered.
Harvey Norman at QV had an ok looking notebook model for $840. A net book was written off because they don't have a cd/dvd slot.
On to Officeworks. Similar product at similar price but with $90 cash back. I asked about batteries and the evil microsoft word. No to the latter. R could use online word processor? No, he said. Ok. Must have Word.
Out of the blue, R said, What about our computer man in St Kilda Road, St Kilda. What do you think he could do for us?
Well, I now have a pretty good idea of prices of laptops and what you get for your money. I am now educated a bit about laptops. So I will approach St Kilda Road computer man with confidence. It will only be for web browsing and email.
Telstra will connnect the laptop to the the net for free via that dangly thing and charge us $15 per month for the privilege of 1 GB of data. Then $30 for the subsequent 12 months which is probably the period of the contract. I need to check this. R is keen to stick with Telstra even though I pointed out cheaper plans.
The laptop will be very useful when we visit Sydney. I normally find all the info in advance and print out maps etc. I won't have to if we are connected to the net via R's laptop.