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But then again, my only claim to fame over Dr. J. so far is that at least I've never lost / had my laptop stolen. But that's kind of easy, I've never been able to afford one.

That's too bad. Surely the prices and times have changed enough in the past few years to make laptops affordable and offer an excellent substitution of every having to own a desktop again. (That's my opinion and choice of course.)

Let's hope that the goon who walked off with Dr. J's book will end up paying a higher price for his laptop selection than he would have paid down at CompUSA!!!!!

Back to laptop shopping issues that have "affordability" stamped all over them. Let's do a little PC technology adoption life cycle value chain search now that the cycle is 20 years old and laptops are an extension of the PC cycle.

Gorilla value chain camp (includes either Microsoft, Intel or both elements):

They start here at $999:

Dr. J's lost in space book was an IBM and they start at $1099:

They start here at $1199:

They start here at $1399:

We can't overlook the gorilla camp of the PC cycle to pick out the 'Cool' offering:

Chimp time:

If you're like me, you'll want the wireless Cool ones that the chimp musters up for the world starting at $1499:

Now, if you want a real 'bargain' from the Chimp, I've got a PowerBook 3400 sitting in the closet that works perfectly. <ggg> The 'Cool' factor of two wireless iBooks in our house was simply too tempting and the 3400's were usurped. <gulp>


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