It looks like I will have to buy a new laptop. And now all the Thinkpads come with that annoying little touchpad thing at the bottom that I absolutely hate. The minute I buy my new machine (if I can find a model I can afford and a means to pay for it), I will disable that annoying touchpad and go only with the vastly-preferred eraser head. I also don't know what model to get anymore, since Thinkpad no longer makes the A series. Do I go with the R series? The T series? The new Z series? I have to do some research this weekend …
… but I'm no longer going to have regular reliable internet access, because today is my last full-time day of work. <sigh>
I finished The Naked Sun last night. I found it so much more enjoyable than Caves of Steel, so I decided I will go ahead and read the final installment of the Robot series. Since the computer store is right next to the bookstore where I get a BU faculty discount, I decided to pop my head in and use the discount before I lose it. After all, I'm soon going to have a lot more free time to read! Alas, they didn't have The Robots of Dawn. But, there are other books I've been meaning to get. Ever since a conversation with lillibet, muffyjo, and hotpoint last week, I've been wanting to read Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress; the store had the former, not the latter, so I bought it. I have also been thinking for a while that I should discover some of Piers Anthony's non-Xanth material, so I bought On a Pale Horse. They finally had Le Guin's The Dispossessed, which I've been wanting to read since I read The Left Hand of Darkness a couple of years ago, so I bought that, too. Finally, because I've heard so many good things about it and have been curious for a while, I bought Ender's Game.
This was all before I received the phone call from the computer store informing me of the $900+ repair estimate, or I might not have bought the books. Well, I'm not returning them, but I have no idea what I'm going to do for a computer now. Not having a computer is not really an option if I want to keep doing freelance web design stuff to bolster my income for the next few months of unemployment and while I'm in England. Any recommendations?