If my brother Mark is an early adapter, constantly wheedling and berating all those around him to embrace a new technology that will make life better, I'm a SLOW adapter. I was very, very disgruntled by the advent of DVDs and only got a DVD player when my parents broke down and GAVE me one--which is, incidentally, how I got my first digital camera. For years I made do with dial-up with the strategy of getting up to fold a batch of laundry each time a page needed to load. My general procedure for buying a new computer is to get the cheapest one my search can locate.
But now, I am the proud owner of a zippy, sexy champagne-colored laptop that rivals Mark's, courtesy of my business.
Thanks to my techno-bros Mark, Joe, Troy, and Richard for useful advice, all of which I used.