power up

I’m thinking maybe Dell isn’t so evil after all. As promised, the repair guy called this morning and came by to fix my dead power supply. When I first bought a PC, I was very torn up inside–my brother and many of my friends are militant Mac folks–but a PC was necessary for my work. If you’re going to cross over to the dark side, maybe Dell is the way to go?
New Trader Joe’s discovery, thanks to Chowhound: Green Tea Gelato.
Oh! I need advice! I’m leaving next Tuesday for Portland, and I’m taking my laptop. However, I do not currently own a laptop bag/sleeve. I was planning to make my own, since I don’t want to pay $$ for something I’m only going to use once or twice, but I don’t know if I’m going to have time to make it (plus I have to design it, and that always severely taxes my brain). Should I just try to make it, or should I just pay $50 for this booq bag? Please bear in mind that I have to install all that software onto my now-hopefully-fixed desktop, and that takes a lot of time.

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7 Responses to power up

  1. Bonne Marie says:

    I just got a way cool laptop knapsack at, ahemm, Walmart, on sale for $7.00 marked down from $20.
    Yes, I shop the W! In mid-Michigan, where I’ve been for a few days, that and the Dollar Store are the only places to get yer goods…
    And, if you need any kind of camoflage wear, W is the place to stock up. I impulsively bought a thermal camo head saver thingie (like a ski mask?) to wear in the cruel Chicago winter. I’m hoping the mere appearance of it will throw down on all thugs who cross my path while I’m working.

  2. Stacie says:

    I would considering purchasing a bag, but keep in mind that carrying a shoulder bag w/laptop inside can be quite taxing on the shoulder/back/etc. If you are only carrying it occasionally, that probably isn’t a big deal. However, if you travel and will be toting it through airports or longer distances on foot, consider a computer backpack or a good quality sleeve so you can put it in a good quality backpack or carry-on. I took my laptop to London while researching and would have been in severe pain if I hadn’t had it in a backpack.

  3. Amy says:

    I echo Stacie’s comment — laptops carried “over the shoulder” can really do a number on your back. Better to find some sort of backpack solution. That Booq Bag has a high cool factor, though.

  4. carolyn says:

    the boog bag is mighty cool lookin’. a knitted one = i would be worried whether it had enough padding for running around carting it in.

  5. Silvia says:

    Well commenting as a newly laid off flight attendant who’s spent every day for the last four years in the airports of the planet, it’s a huge pain in the patootee to take that laptop out of a bag, put it in the tub and have it xrayed, shove it back in the bag and put your shoes back on as folks shove you out of the way. If you are only toting the thang once or twice, wrap it in a sweater and toss it in an easily accessible tote or backpack (or if you win the lotto Flax has the coolest cases). Also make sure it’s charged up as the RANDOMLY (:})make you turn it on.
    Also as an aside, when you go through security make sure you put your SHOES through xray first, trust me…as you can tell, I stopped carrying a laptop and bought a PDA.

  6. Stella says:

    Hi Mariko – try http://www.ebags.com. They have a tons of bags with huge discounts, and a laptop case finder where you can search for a sleeve that fits your exact model of laptop.

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