First of all, thanks to all of you that provided suggestions last week regarding which camera I should get. After considering the comments and doing a bit of research, I’ve tentatively decided on the Canon S95. I say tentatively because I’m sold on the camera in theory, though haven’t had the chance to play with a demo yet. I’ve been calling around to different Best Buys and most don’t seem to have it in stock, though I seem to finally have found one that has them in stock and has a demo. I realize they can be ordered online with free shipping, but I really want to play with one first. So hopefully I can provide a review of that after big trip number one in March (or maybe the quality of pictures I take will serve as the review).
On a related note, since you guys provided me with such great feedback last go around, I have another dilemma. I’m badly in need of a new laptop. For someone who’s life revolves almost entirely around the internet, I’m surprisingly apathetic when it comes to technology. I’m not playing World of Warcraft or anything like that, so as long as I have a computer that has a decent word processor and browses the web fast enough, I’m a happy camper.
You see, my last laptop broke nearly four years ago in an overhead bin on a US Airways flight after I scored a bump off of a United flight (long story). At the time I had a computer science class and had a project due that week, so was in desperate need of a laptop. I went to Circuit City (remember them?) and bought the cheapest laptop they had, which I believe was around $350. It has served me insanely well over the past four years, though the battery is totally dead. In other words, the second I unplug it, the computer dies. Given that it takes my computer probably four or five minutes to start up (seems like eternity), this causes me probably a couple of hours of lost time every week. So after much convincing from far too many people, I’ve decided to go for a Macbook Pro. I don’t care about any of the “cool” features, it’s the ten hour battery life that won me over. I do plenty of mileage runs spanning 30 hours, and when I think how much more productive I could be if I had a laptop that worked for an entire transcon, it’s totally worthwhile.
Well, I was literally about to buy a Macbook Pro when a friend pointed out that (apparently) Apple will be releasing their updated version of the Macbook Pro come mid-March. Sadly, this is one of those circumstances where I just can’t make a decision. If I buy it now, the “value seeker” inside of me will feel bad about my purchase come March, when I could have had a better computer for the same price. If I wait till March, I’ll be spending another month with my portable desktop (for lack of a better word). It’s not a huge inconvenience, except I was really looking forward to having some decent battery life when I travel internationally in March, where finding a plug isn’t always that easy.
What do I do?!