The education quandary

I’m always looking to further myself and learn.  I believe its part of life.  Many things are left for me to learn…

Apparently sharing is one of them.  This came about because of an acquaintance of mine called Sheila.  Allow me to explain.

Sheila told on a Social Micro-Blogging site about how she had seen a friends house that was adapted to enable someone to live independently – sinks you can wheel under, wet room, flat access, laminate flooring.  So I told her I had all of these toys… and they are all mine.  MBW told me off about this and said I had to learn to share my toys.  Sheila agreed.

Then I got a new wheelchair and Sheila admired it.  I warned Sheila that if I were to see her, she could have a little go, but I am a little possessive over my new toy and I might not let it be anything more than a little go.  Sheila told me I need to learn to share.  MBW agreed.

Now I have got my new laptop.  My Grandmother, when I told her, asked if I was sharing it with MBW.  I explained I was… sometimes.  A little bit.  Once a week. Month. Jupiter Lunar Eclipse.  My Grandmother told me that I need to learn to share.  MBW agreed.  I’ve not told Sheila about this.

So far, what have I learnt?  Well, I suspect MBW and Sheila are in cahoots for one thing.  This is all too similar for my liking.  When pushed on it, both Sheila and MBW seem to laugh.

I explained all of this to my colleague at work.  He wasn’t sympathetic, telling me that one person telling me something is opinion, two people telling me the same is coincidence, but three is that there could be something there.  I think he’s right…

I think I need to… umm… help people by… not telling them about my toys.

Yeah.  That’s the one. 

MBW thinks I’m wrong.  I’m not telling Sheila or my Grandmother.

The Modernisation Principle

Some of you who know me in real life know that I have an HP Tablet PC.  I like it, it has touchscreen and is nice and small,  light enough for me to lift and use. 

However, the charger socket on it has broken.  I think this is on its last legs, but as its 3 years old, I’m confident that I’ve looked after it. 

I have some options – a Lenovo, a Fujitsu or the wildcard – an Alienware M11x.  There are some core elements I need to evaluate, obviously.  I’m going to ignore Price though – if I want the right one, I have to save up.  However, for the note – the Lenovo is cheaper, the Alienware and then the Fujitsu.

Feature Lenovo Fujitsu Alienware
Core i5 tick-icon 520M tick-icon560M tick-icon2467M 1.6Ghz 
Max RAM 8GB 8GB 16GB
Screen size 12.1” 12.1” 11.1”
Touchscreen tick-icon tick-icon cross-icon
Swivel Screen tick-icon tick-icon cross-icon
Mouse Trackpad/Pointer Trackpad Trackpad
Weight 1.6kg 1.8kg 2.0kg
DVD drive cross-icon tick-icon cross-icon
Docking Station available? tick-icon tick-icon cross-icon
Built in Webcam cross-icon tick-icon tick-icon
HD? cross-icon tick-icon tick-icon
Battery 4-Cell 6-Cell 8-Cell

Now, looking at everything, there are two points to think about.  The first is, do I really need a DVD drive?  When you consider how much I keep putting on a memory stick, probably not.  Secondly, do need 16GB of RAM? No.  Do I use a webcam?  Not really, no.  Do I even need HD?

So, why should I go for anything more expensive than the Lenovo? Do I really enjoy the touchscreen that much that I’d use the it often?  Possibly. 

Finally though – is the battery going to be enough?  Should I consider getting a machine that can offer me more battery time? 

Thoughts welcome.