Well, at least I really want a mac. A few posts back I mentioned that my computer couldn't recognize the battery and wouldn't charge. After some research, it turns out it's not worth all the time and repairs for a four year old computer and I have to buy a new one...of course. It's probably a good thing considering the virus was never fully removed from my computer, that or I didn't install Windows 7 correctly so it has the fantastic tendency to instantly shut off whenever it feels like it, despite anything you may have been working on.
I don't exactly have a couple hundred dollars just laying around to drop on a new computer (darn emergency fund has been mostly used or saved for my move down south). After looking into a few options, it turns out I will be financing my purchase. I know Dave Ramsey would be shaking his head at me and I'm not thrilled to be in this position but I can't move across the country all by myself and not have a computer. My nanny friend (I really need a nickname for her!) financed her lap top through best buy and it helped her a ton. There's no interest for 18 months so I'll easily have it paid off by then.
Now it's just a matter of what do I get?
I would really love a Mac. In addition to being a better quality computer, Macs have software that is really great for journalism. It would be great to have access to that software so I could teach myself more about it and maybe even apply those skills to my new job. I really want to make sure this company does well, at least to the extent of my control, so I'm motivated to get the mac. The only negative side is the price. Since Macs last longer (10 years compared to 4-6 on a PC) and the battery lasts longer and there's all that extra software built in, the one I'm looking at is $1200. Bummer.
When it comes to PC's though, the one I'm looking at getting is still $800 something (it's an i5 Samsung). There's more chance of a virus (plus extra costs for virus protection), and after just experiencing all the virus problems on my current computer, that's a huge turn off.
I'm taking the week to weigh my options and I will make a purchase next week before I leave. If you have any advice or input, let me know before then!