I can't believe it has taken me four days to post about this, but the missus and I officially became hip last Sunday. We finally joined the rest of our generation and bought a notebook computer (I was so unhip I was calling it a laptop - how very 2002 of me).
Our "regular" tethered-by-massive-wireage computer is in the family room down in the basement. That's fine when everyone's down there, but it sucked at night when the kids are in bed and at least one of us needs to be upstairs with them. We spent some of our tax return so we could actually get some time on the computer and still be together (or at least on the same floor as each other). I'd say it was worth it. The two-year-old has been real needy at bedtime this week, so I've been taking the
laptop notebook in there with me, which is cool.
The rule at home is that the
laptop notebook is Mommy and Daddy's, not the families. The seven-year old has a hand-me-down computer in his room, but it's not hooked up to the Internet. He hates going down to the basement alone, so the temptation to use our laptop notebook is strong. In an effort to get him to write more we have said that he could use the laptop notebook to post to his blog. This explains his recent loquaciousness. The missus made the mistake of playing a Dora game with the two-year old and now he thinks that that's the primary purpose of the laptop notebook.
Sunday we went out to Best Buy to get our
laptop notebook, which was on sale starting that morning, before the store ran out of their allotment of ten. We got there a half-hour before opening and there were a bunch of people waiting in their cars. The missus didn't believe me when I said it would happen, but most of those people headed right over to the laptop notebook display when the doors opened. I was smart - I headed over to the salesman, not the display. I ended up being the first to get one. It's just a bare-bones HP (so much for being hip) but it's enough for us. It much faster than the computer in the basement, and that's only about a year old. We hooked our DSL up to a wireless router and the signal has been strong and the connection just as fast as if we were wired.
I could get used to this technology thing.